Congratulations to IELTS on the endorsement of its Quality Product/Services!
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is a globally recognised language proficiency test designed to assess the English language skills of non-native speakers. Jointly developed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English in 1989, IELTS has become one of the most widely accepted assessments in the world and earnt its reputation as the gold standard of English language testing. Over 11,000 organisations, including universities, immigration authorities, and employers in more than 140 countries, recognise IELTS scores.
NEAS is pleased to assess and endorse IELTS as a Quality Product/Services (Area K), in the category of Testing (High Stakes – Australia). The Quality Principles of Area K focus on these features of the target Product and Service: its underlying research; its fulfilment of purpose; its processes for maintaining quality; its uniqueness and innovation; and its contribution to the ELT community. Detailed information on Area K of the NEAS Quality Assurance Framework can be referenced here: https://neas.org.au/resources/neas-quality-framework/#area-k.
Research underpins best practice test design associated with the IELTS brand. The quantity and quality of research undertaken and shared by the IELTS Partners with stakeholders has been impressive. IELTS investment in innovation is a standout feature of the current suite of resources available to test takers. The IDP IELTS practice application and the ability for candidates to retake subtests in a targeted skills area, so as to address a jagged profile, is of particular note. Item writing teams receive regular training and updates to ensure that test items are relevant, current, and align with IELTS latest research and product testing. IELTS coordinates a comprehensive teacher training program to ensure that candidates are prepared for current versions of the tests. IELTS maintains deep industry connections to establish ongoing currency and relevance in the ELT industry.