Should you take an IELTS test?Jul 20, 2021
It's a question clients ask me all the time - and I want to let you know, I GET IT.
I get that the prospect of having some official certificate is desirable. A proper piece of paper that confirms your general ability to speak English. As engineers, we want things to be measurable!
But there are things I always mention that are worth considering:
When you work with a dedicated Business English coach over a general English teacher who coaches you towards an IELTS test, you don't just end up with 'general' language abilities.
Let me be clear: you need English for Engineers because you're an expert in a very specialised field. Your English abilities need to fit a particular area of expertise.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. It was established in 1989 and is one of the major English-language tests in the world. Widely accepted by various professional organisations across the globe, it rates your English from 'band 1' (non-user) to 'band 9' (expert user).
Who does really need it?
The official ielts.org website states that this test is designed to help you work, study or migrate to a country where English is the native language. Simply put, if you don't plan to move to an English speaking country—you do not need it!
So while there are always options available to you, it's important to find the right one to help you achieve your goals.
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