The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test for people who go abroad to study or undertake research. It also affects all those who wish to work or migrate. In Mauritius, two centers make it easier for candidates to this event, led by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Mauritius.
"This exam is held twice a month and affects less than 100 people per session, 95% of Mauritians says Cathy Glover, Academic Manager at the British Council. However, she said that the institution is a recognized test center. "Examiners must meet strict academic criteria set by the University of Cambridge. After recruitment, they are trained by professional trainers and examiners of this university.
Quality is assessed by examiners strict controls. The exam papers are prepared by Cambridge and the British Council sent in sealed envelopes. For the safety of documents, envelopes are opened on the day of the exam in the room, in the presence of the candidates. Examiners do not have access to day events. They are bound by strict rules of confidentiality. "
Cathy Glover believes in quality: "We provide candidates with us all the support. The BC has a team of highly qualified teachers and professionals available to advise candidates on how to improve their English.
Our experience of the Mauritian context shows that one of the main reasons why people do not reach the required score, it is a lack of knowledge about the IELTS test and techniques specific to this test examinations. Most people wait until the last minute to register and do not have enough time to prepare. "
The administrator exams at IDP Mauritius Parmesh Jorai says that candidates have at home practice sessions at a cost of Rs 1000. Examination fees amounted to Rs 6000 each. "When the candidate is presented to us, it takes knowledge of the conditions and requirements of the tests. He then decides how many sessions he wants to follow his preparation. "In BC, examination fee is Rs 5950. Cathy Glover insists that "the British Council has internal and external auditors who carry out regular checks on the finances of the institution. "
"Candidates who pass through the BC have several advantages: 30 hours of free online training, familiarization with the tests' mock exams, quizzes and CD; qualified teachers to assist them in finding answers to their questions.
The exams are conducted on the basis of twice a month. Dates are determined by Cambridge and the results delivered 13 days after the exams. They are also available online. The official argued that the schedule is to reduce the waiting time. There is no pass or fail the exams that assess levels of listening, reading, writing and speaking candidates. The results are rated according to a scale of 1 to 9.
The Academic Manager stated that the notation and the results are strictly controlled by Cambridge.
The scoring system of Cambridge has a safety net that automatically generates reports for the second notation. To ensure the fairness of the rating, examiners are allowed to mark one of the four components of the test. No examiner is authorized to examine a candidate he knows or who he recently taught. Cambridge check all results before giving the BC authorization to issue certificates. If the score does not meet the candidate, and if he wishes, he can board at a future session.