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English language requirements in immigration Focus on IELTS
UKNARIC Annual Conference 2009
Aims To give staff working with English language assessment an understanding of: PBS & English language requirements in Tiers 1 & 2 What makes IELTS a proven, fit-for-purpose high quality assessment of English language ability Assessing English language ability IELTS format, content and scores Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service
The importance of language skills
English language proficiency – a necessary standard Required by: Employers Professional registration bodies Education institutions Incorporated into the Points Based System (PBS)
What is IELTS? The ‘International English Language Testing System’
Jointly managed by 3 partners: Experts in language testing internationally 20th anniversary!
What does IELTS do? “Designed to assess the English language ability of people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication” Test of communicative proficiency in English Original 4 skills test covering: Listening Reading Writing Speaking
The increasing popularity of IELTS
Candidate top destinations 2008
Proven track record Tried, tested and proven for over 20 years
Over 6000 recognising organisations worldwide
Research and Validation Unit: Maintaining quality Continuity and innovation Ongoing research programmes
Successful communication involves interaction
Face-to-face speaking test
Globally accessible and convenient
Tests administered at centres and venues worldwide Up to 48 test dates per year (4 per month) Results released 13 days after test TRF can be sent directly to receiving organisations
Question Paper Production
3 – 4 years to develop one item (question) - rigorous standards applied Item writers in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and now Canada Content sourced globally Topics or language context which may introduce a bias against any group are avoided
Academic or General Training IELTS?
Entry to University / College / professional registration Assesses ability to study or train at undergraduate or postgraduate level General Training: Immigration, vocational, secondary education, language training and work experience Assess survival skills in a broad social and educational context
General Training Reading General Training Writing
Test Format Listening 30 minutes, 4 sections, 40 items General Training Reading 60 minutes, 3 sections, 40 items Academic Reading General Training Writing 60 minutes, 2 tasks Academic Writing Speaking minutes, 3 parts
PBS Tiers 1 & 2 and English language
PBS for workers Highly skilled workers, investors, entrepreneurs – Tier 1 Sponsored skilled workers – Tier 2 Temporary workers – Tier 5 EEA & Switzerland & Other
Tier 1 – Highly Skilled Designed to allow highly skilled people to come to / remain in the UK to look for work or self-employment opportunities. General, entrepreneur, investor, post study worker 75 points for attributes (age, qualifications, previous earnings, UK experience) 10 points for English language skills 10 points for available maintenance (funds) Requirements differ for initial and extension applications
Academic or General Training
How to achieve 10 points be a national of a majority English speaking country OR 2. hold a degree assessed by UK NARIC as being taught in English and is equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree or above OR 3. pass an English language test on UKBA approved list Minimum IELTS score 6.5 Academic or General Training
Tier 2 – Sponsored Skilled Workers
Designed for workers with a job offer from a licensed sponsor, valid certificate of sponsorship and who pass the points-based assessment Categories Work permits – Bulgarian and Romanian nationals General, Minister of Religion, Sportsperson, Intra-company transfer
Points for Tier 2 General, Minister of Religion, Sportsperson:
50 points for attributes (e.g sponsorship, qualifications, future expected earnings) 10 points for English language 10 points for maintenance (funds) Intra-company transfer: English language only required if stay is longer than 3 years.
How to achieve 10 points be a national of a majority English speaking country OR 2. hold a degree assessed by UK NARIC as being taught in English and is equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree or above OR 3. pass an English language test on UKBA approved list Minimum IELTS score 4.0 – general, ICT, sportspeople Minimum IELTS score Minister of Religion Academic or General Training
Let’s discuss When assessing international applicant’s qualifications, how do you assess their English language ability? How important is English ability to their success in your profession/organisation? What would your international applicants need to be able to do in English / what activities or tasks do they need to be able to do?
How does English ability relate to an IELTS Score?
9 band scores: 9 – expert user 8 – very good user 7 – good user 6 – competent user 5 – modest user 4 – limited user 3 – extremely limited user 2 – intermittent user 1 – non user
Mini assessment! We will watch three short clips of candidates at three different IELTS levels Discuss: What impressed you in terms of their ability? What do you think limited their ability? What IELTS score do you think they are?
IELTS Band Score Quiz 6.5 5 4.5 Reveal
Your thoughts Think again about what your international applicants need to be able to do in English / what activities or tasks they need to be able to do. Discuss: What’s a realistic score to set? How do your think these candidates would cope in your profession or organisation and what role would be most suitable for them? Have the clips made you reassess your English language requirements?
Ensuring you are assessing genuine qualifications
IELTS Test Report Form Verification service
On-line TRF Verification Service
Log in at and click on TRF Query
Enter the TRF number
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Test Report Form (TRF) What security features of a TRF are you aware of?
Contact us IELTScommunications@britishcouncil.org
Carly Moulding – IELTS Stakeholder Relations Manager Chris Chivers – IELTS Client Relations Officer
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