IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is regarded as world most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.
In Nigeria, IELTS is commonly referred to as English test. It is one of the major criteria one must meet before being granted visa to travel into certain English-speaking countries.
English language is one of the world most popular and acceptable languages. The essence of IELTS examination is to ensure proficient in English language for potential travelers so as to increase their adaptability and integration into their country of destination.
Before now in Nigeria, IELTS wasn’t a big deal and core requirements for potential travelers, but today, it has become as important as international passport.
Inability to excel in this test has thwarted dreams of many Nigerians planning to visiting their dream countries either for education or greener pasture.
In this post, Nigerian Informer will be discussing the cost of IELTS commonly referred to as English test in Nigeria, the requirements for participating and taking the test as well as how best to get prepared for IELTS.
If you have plans of traveling to English-speaking countries such as UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, this article will do you lots of good as it will provide you with relevant information concerning IELTS in Nigeria.
How IELTS Works
IELTS is trusted by more than 10,000 organizations around the globe. It a test developed by language experts to test one’s English skills which will be needed to achieve success either in academics or jobs. IELTS access candidates on the following skills:
Types of IELTS
There are two types of IELTS meant for different purposes. The type of IELTS one should take will depend on his or her travel mission.
Type of IELTS are: IELTS Academics and IELTS General Training.
IELTS Academics – accesses candidates’ proficiency in English suitable for an academic environment. It evaluates if one is ready and can fit in an academic environment.
IELTS General Training – accesses candidates’ proficiency in English needed for social situations and workplace. The type of proficient needed for everyday context.
Cost of IELTS / English Test in Nigeria
On average in Nigeria, IELTS costs between N80,000 to N85,000. It is also important to know that the cost of IELTS in Nigeria is impacted by forex and exchange rate in the country.
It is advisable to register when the exchange rate is stable and apply during low application times like during festive periods like Christmas and Sallah celebrations.
Locations for IELTS in Nigeria
IELTS is written in various locations in Nigeria. The test is written at least eight times every year. Some of locations where IELTS test is conducted in Nigeria are:
- Port Harcourt
However, the Lagos and Abuja centers are the most popular and widely used locations.
Requirements For IELTS In Nigeria
There are certain requirements needed by candidates to put together before they will take the IELTS tests in Nigeria. These requirements include:
- Candidates must attain a minimum age of 16 years.
- Choose type of IELTS: IELTS Academics or IELTS General Training.
- Pick Examination date and Location.
- Upload passport showing basic information like name, DOB, Age etc.
- Make payment for the test. One can pay using bank transfer or bank draft.
Information about requirements and application website can be obtained at British council website.
How To Prepare For IELTS Tests In Nigeria
To stand a better chance of being successful in IELTS, candidate need to prepare adequately and by engaging in some preparation mechanisms like:
IELTS Coaching Centers
Across many Nigerians cities, there exists numerous centers offering tutorials on IELTS. These centers can present a good preparation ground for candidates.
It will also provide candidates with experience of what to expect during the tests.
Many IELTS candidates resort to online tutorials. There are many IELTS materials put up on YouTube which helps put the candidates grounded and ready for the examination.
Many IELTS candidates also do self-tutoring and preparations. They get materials and past questions on IELTS and practice on them.
By so doing get some experience of what the tests will look like.