Tuesday 09 April 2019

IELTS is one of the world's most popular high-stakes English language tests, with three and a half million tests taken in the past year, and is recognized by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies.

Over the years, the British Council in Azerbaijan has been at the forefront of providing opportunities to students and professionals nationwide through IELTS, helping them realize their ambitions. 

We continually enhance IELTS to improve the experience for our test takers and stakeholders. Continuing with this journey, test takers in Azerbaijan will now be able to take IELTS on a computer, with the computer-delivered test due to be launched at our test centre in Baku from 18 April 2019.

Computer-delivered IELTS will not replace paper-based IELTS but rather offer a choice in delivery and more availability. Test takers can now choose the option and time to take IELTS that best works for them. They can also get their results faster, with results typically available between five to seven calendar days after the test has been completed. 

The test content and structure remain the same in both options and, importantly, the Speaking test remains face-to-face with a certified IELTS Examiner. Whether test takers take IELTS on paper or computer, they can be confident that they are taking the same trusted English language test. 

The computer-delivered solution is secure and capable of delivering the world-leading security, quality assurance measures and operational benefits that IELTS is renowned for.

Summer Xia, the British Council Country Director in Azerbaijan, stated:

“Building on the success of delivering the world’s most popular English language test for 30 years, I am delighted to announce the launch of computer-delivered IELTS in Azerbaijan. The computer-delivered solution will offer more choice and better experience to thousands of, opening doors for them at leading academic institutions and improving career prospects.”

The success of IELTS rests on the high quality of the test, which measures the four key languages skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is backed by dedicated research teams in the UK and Australia and administered by centers in more than 140 countries around the world.

Dedicated to support test takers in their preparation, British Council also offers a variety of tools, ranging from free practice tests and Road to IELTS course to free IELTS prep application. 

Computer-delivered IELTS in Azerbaijan will be administered in Landmark Business Centre, 90A Nizami Street, Baku. 

For more information, please visit British Council Azerbaijan website.

Notes to Editor

About IELTS on computer

IELTS on computer was launched in Australia in December 2017 and is now being introduced across the IELTS testing network. The test is the same as paper-based IELTS for content, scoring, level of difficulty, question format and security arrangements. 

IELTS on computer includes Listening, Reading and Writing. The Speaking test will continue to be face-to-face, as it is a more reliable indicator of communication and it is what our customers tell us feels more natural for them. 

This new option will not replace paper-based IELTS but rather offer a choice in delivery and more availability.

Results from IELTS on computer are available between 5-7 days after taking all four test sections. 

The IELTS partners are committed to continuous investment in test development in order to enhance the IELTS experience.

For more information on computer-delivered IELTS visit https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ielts-on-computer

For further media information, please contact:

Einar Iliyev | Marketing Manager Azerbaijan | einar.iliyev@britishcouncil.org

Nargiz Akbarova | Exams Manager Azerbaijan | nargiz.akbarova@britishcouncil.az

About the British Council

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration with more than 3 million tests taken in the last year. 

Over 10,000 organisations trust and accept IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true to life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation purposes. 

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities and provides IELTS testing in more than 800 locations in over 100 countries.