American College of Higher Education becomes the new Test Venue for IELTS

American College of Higher Education (ACHE) has recently been recognized and approved by the British Council as a Test Venue for IELTS to register applicants and conduct IELTS examinations at its language centres in Colombo and Kandy. This agreement between ACHE and the British Council was ceremonially signed by Mrs. Sherryn Yaseen, the CEO of the ACHE and Mr. Kishore Roy, Country Examinations Manager, British Council on March 10 at the American College.

ACHE serves as an International Centre of Broward College, Florida, USA. Established in 1995 it has grown to be one of the leading higher education institutes in Sri Lanka delivering academic programmes through its network of six branch campuses located in different provinces in the country. ACHE maintains a long term academic relationship with British Council, thus acquiring a prominent place by delivering IELTS training programmes with its US approved English faculty.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardized test of English for students whose native language is not English. This test is jointly conducted by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt Ltd. IELTS serves a twofold purpose. First, those students who seek admission to universities and colleges to pursue their higher education in Britain, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are expected to prove their English proficiency through IELTS. Second, people who are willing to migrate to other countries for employment purposes where English is the native language are also required to take this test.

In accordance with the above purposes, IELTS has designed two versions of tests, namely,

a. Academic Version and
b. General Training Version

The academic version of IELTS has been designed to test the English proficiency of those who wish to continue their higher studies by enrolling in universities and other higher education institutes. Also professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who seek to either pursue their studies or practise in English speaking countries are also required to test their English proficiency through the academic version of the IELTS.

The general training version is typically for those who seek to undergo non-academic and vocational training programmes in English speaking countries or wish to migrate to such countries.

The structure of the IELTS test is constructed in such a way that it measures one's ability to listen, read, write and speak in English. Listening and speaking tests are the same for both academic and general training versions. The reading and writing modules differ upon whether the candidate is following the academic version or the general training version of the test.

All the applicants doing this exam need to complete the four compulsory modules, namely, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Applicants who complete all four modules will be assessed through a band score ranging from 1 -9. The full score of 9 will be obtained by expert users who completed all four modules successfully. Generally, many universities request an IELTS score of 6 or 7. Also they demand to have a minimum score in each of the four sections.

ACHE students who currently follow IELTS programme can now register for the IELTS test at the ACHE itself and sit the test in their familiar atmospheres in both Dehiwela and Kandy branches. The friendly and efficient staff who enrolled you to follow the IELTS course will assist you to register for the IELTS test and provide a test date and time convenient to you.

Currently, ACHE not only serves individual students to follow IELTS but also for employees sent by reputed organizations such as higher education institutes, business and service organizations who wish to send their employees for international training. The quality of the laboratory facilities, study materials available to students and modern delivery system of the IELTS course have attracted many students to follow this programme at the ACHE.

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