IELTS Exam Before and After Pandemic?

Intro: As we know it is an English assessment test which is conducted to understand the level of the student’s exposure to the language and get aboard to abroad either for studies or for settlement. Many opt to write this exam because more than 10,000 universities approx accept the score of it. Now let us see the differences between IELTS exam conduction before and after pandemic.

Before: To the way back before 2019 we use to have IELTS paper based exam and there were the regional centers allotted to the students to write in that and then slowly online exam has emerged and students were trying to get acquainted by it. Exams were conducted by both British and IDP separately.

During: The situation during Pandemic was chaos as many pupils couldn’t write because the exam was stopped and centers got closed. No one knew when the slots get reopen to write the exam as well. IDP and British Council were not able to decide on the upcoming dates also. Students were in a confused state of mind as they were already prepared for the exam and if there was a gap then they were afraid of losing the hands on practices. 

After: Slowly after pandemic they initially started opening the online exam slots and many students got acquainted now to write the computer based paper itself. So, now the scenario is, utmost students will to write it online rather than paper based exam which was at centers and British Council has withdrawn its services as well for IELTS in few countries Hence, presently IDP has taken over the complete charge in those countries by opening many new exam centers across and also is trying to initiate with “At Home Testing Option” from 2022 onwards. Growth of the IELTS exam takers has a difference in the percentile which was 10% before and now there is 15% increase throughout the world.    

Conclusion: What so ever happens, IELTS will have the same pattern, same structure and criteria for few more years to come, might be until everything gets settled but there would be a huge options in the exam given methodology and the pupils use those options very much to migrate abroad faster.    


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