Official data by the IDP says that IELTS exam test-takers increased by 15% in the pandemic years in India. Let us take a look at the other changes that the pandemic brought along with it, in and around the English proficiency test.

The number of IELTS test-takers in India increased by about 15% after the pandemic hit the world, recent data by IDP Education said. Not just the test takers but the format of IELTS also changed in the pandemic. What followed were frauds and ghostwriting services floating in the market of IELTS. Let’s have a look at how the English proficiency test shaped itself and its conduct during the pandemic years.

What is the IELTS exam?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a globally standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. The exam is trusted by more than 10,000 organizations around the world as an indicator of English language proficiency.

Students take the academic version of the exam, which is required by the universities abroad to determine the proficiency of the person in the English language. Apart from IELTS Academic, the IELTS General Training test is taken by people who want to work abroad. It gauges the candidate’s English proficiency in a more day-to-day context.

Why are more people taking the IELTS test in the pandemic?
Experts say that the pandemic hasn’t been great on the Indian education system when compared with other countries. People are still stuck with online classes, whereas students in other countries had the chance to go to colleges for a fair amount of the pandemic years. Meanwhile, students back in India are now exploring more opportunities because of their distance from their colleges. Spending more time in front of screens, the students are exploring options to grow on their own which might also be the reason for their increased growth as test-takers.

Source Credits:- IELTS In Pandemic: Increased Takers, Frauds, Change In Conduct (

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