British Council launches new IELTS Programme to boost proficiency

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Auckland, October 28, 2023

British Council IELTS at the Manukau Institute of Technology (Te Pūkenga) has unveiled an innovative solution designed to empower test-takers in South Auckland to enhance their English proficiency.

Stated to be a ground-breaking feature, IELTS One Skill Retake offers test takers an unprecedented opportunity to retake specific sections of the IELTS test, be it Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking, without the need to retake the entire test.

Boosting language skills

British Council IELTS Director Andrew Mackenzie said that with the right preparation and support, the test takers can achieve their best score on test day.

“However, IELTS One Skill Retake provides test takers with an opportunity to retake a single skill if they feel their performance in the first instance did not represent their English proficiency, and we believe this increases fairness,” he said.

Mr Mackenzie highlighted how this initiative benefits organisations that accept IELTS, enabling them to offer candidates the flexibility to meet entry requirements without compromising on applicant quality.

“Organisations that accept the IELTS One Skill Retake can offer their candidates the flexibility to achieve entry requirements without compromising on applicant quality. The IELTS partners are proud of this initiative that reinforces our commitment to helping test takers achieve their full potential,” he said.

Test takers who opt for IELTS One Skill Retake will receive a second Test Report Form, which can be used for migration and study purposes. Depending on their scores, they can choose whether to use their original or new test report for the specific skill they retook. Furthermore, IELTS One Skill Retake can be booked within 60 days of the original IELTS test being taken.

Congratulating the British Council for the new offer, MIT Executive Director (Region I) Peseta Sam Lotu-liga said that there is now the ability to resit an individual skill within the system.

“This will allow test takers the opportunity to show their capabilities in a more time and cost-efficient way, while also preserving the high standards IELTS is known for both in Aotearoa New Zealand and worldwide,” he said.

About British Council IELTS   

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is reported to be the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. More than 11,500 organisations globally trust IELTS. These organisations include educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. Find out more about IELTS here: www.ielts.org

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It supports peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. It does this through our work in arts and culture, education and the English language.

The British Council works with people in more than 200 countries and territories and is on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.

www.britishcouncil.org

About Manukau Institute of Technology IELTS Centre

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has been partnering with the British Council to deliver IELTS on paper and IELTS on computer tests for over 27 years. The MIT IELTS Centre is now part of the nationwide Te Pūkenga network.  We aim to help both Te Pūkenga | MIT students and members of the community achieve their IELTS goals.

Those appearing for an IELTS computer test with MIT any time after 2 December, will be eligible to sit the IELTS One Skill Retake tests beginning on 13 January 2024.  Kindly fill out this form and we will contact you with more information.

For detailed information, visit www.manukau.ac.nz/ielts and the IELTS One Skill Retake page.

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