An international English test, run by educators in the United Kingdom and Australia attracted over 9,38,000 candidates in 2007.

Entries for IELTS — the International English Language Testing System — have almost doubled in the last three years, driven by university entrance requirements, new immigration policies and professional recognition throughout the English-speaking world, according to the British Council.

IELTS is already recognised by educational institutions, employers, organisations and government agencies in over 68 countries, and recognition has grown significantly through 2007. It is now used by over 6,000 organisations worldwide, with recognition in the United States now topping 1,300 institutions.

IELTS tests are available up to 48 times a year. For more details contact British Council, 737, Anna Salai, Chennai 600 002 or call on 044-42050600.

G. Krishnakumar