The Gaming of the IELTS Test


by David Buckley

For the last 20 years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of Chinese students taking the IELTS test every year. Last year alone, half a million Chinese students took the test.

Why do they take it?

To reach the Holy Grail of high school or college in the UK or one of the Commonwealth countries; Canada, Australia or New Zealand. At a cost of 2020 yuan ($300), the test is not cheap. When we consider that the average monthly salary in Shanghai . . .

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