IELTS Examination in Hong Kong
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is the most widely used English assessment test in Hong Kong. It is used for admission screening to undergraduate degree courses for foreign students as well as for admission to higher degrees (masters degrees, doctoral degrees). It is also the university English exit test (The Common English Proficiency Exam CEPA). Many multinational organizations including investment banks, law firms, accounting companies and insurance companies also use it for job and promotion selection purposes. The Hong Kong Government also uses it for its job screening procedures within its regular and disciplined services promotion system.
IELTS is accepted by over 6,000 entities in more than 120 countries worldwide, including top institutions (universities, colleges, polytechnics and renowned boarding schools in the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States of America (USA). Although the TOEFL Examination (Test of English as a Foreign Language) has traditionally been used in the USA now over 2000 educational institutes and all of the eight Ivy League Universities accept it as an alternative English test.
It is gaining global popularity because of its practical application. The test is designed to test the actual English language skills used in specific applications. For instance, the Academic Module test students’ abilities to listen to lectures and take notes or to write academic style essays and scientific research reports.
Examinations are held regularly and there are several test centers to choose from: Hong Kong Island (admiralty) and Kowloon (Mongkok, Yau Ma Tei / Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui) or the New Territories. The IELTS test is managed and administered by The British Council Hong Kong in Queensway and IDP Education (Pty) Ltd in Wanchai, Hong Kong.
The best way to prepare for the IELTS test it to take an IELTS Preparation Course. HKEnglish.com runs an Intensive IELTS Preparation Course in Central District, Hong Kong, which can prepare you for the exam quickly.