Why English-Speaking Countries Require the IELTS


I hosted Jrooz Review Center’s SOAR Abroad 2.0 (Immigration Bazaar) a few weeks ago, which gave people the chance to know what the opportunities for work, study and migration to several countries are. After the event, several people I spoke with told me the same thing:

“IELTS is a requirement to all of those countries.”

“If you can’t get the band score you need in the IELTS, you won’t be able to go anywhere.”

“IELTS band score gives you a lot of points so you can migrate.”

This highlights the need for IELTS – if you don’t have it (or if you have not been able to get the required band score), they you are not going anywhere. Or at least, you are not going to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the UK.

The IELTS is one of the primary requirements to study, work, or migrate abroad. Many of those who want to pursue these opportunities in English-communicating nations often ask why.

Here are the top 3 reasons why IELTS is required.

  1. Students. Studying in a foreign country – particularly first-world, English-speaking nations – can give you credentials that would help you outshine the competition, allow you access to the international job market, and educate you in a culture that can be vastly different from your own, and thus quite enlightening. The catch: if you pursue your studies abroad but you are unable to communicate in the language that they used in the academe – in this case, English – how successful would you be? Without proof of English proficiency, your time in the best English-communicating academic institutions would be a waste of time as you would not be able to take advantage of all the experience has got to offer.
  2. Workers. Whether you are a professional or a skilled worker who wants a career abroad, one of the most important things that an employer will look for is your ability to comprehend and express in their native language. It is quite difficult for a worker to do his or her job properly if he or she could not understand instructions and express. It would be a liability for a company to employ a worker that cannot communicate in the language.
  3. Immigrants. In order to make sure that the adjustment phase of non-natives in a foreign country, their ability to communicate in the language is important as this could be equated to survival in that country.

The IELTS would provide all of these – evidence of your ability to communicate. This is why the exam is required in these countries.

Good luck! 

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