How IELTS Score Makes an Impact on Further University Studies

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Universities of English speaking countries like Australia & UK are using IELTS as prerequisite of admission for international students. It is interesting to look upon how students with high band score are performing after they began their study.

As IELTS requirement was sets from moral obligation, students with required band score predicted to be capable of succeeding in their study. Students from no-English speaking background need to have overall band score between 6.0 and 7.0 in the Academic module for university entrance.

IELTS Score for University

Required score varies according to linguistic demand level of course for higher studies.

Whereas, income from international students remains a major source of funding in universities of developed world. The universities usually admit considerable number of students with low IELTS score, in fact, they need to go through basic English Course for several weeks. But, there are also a wide range of students admitting with 6 or even with high band score. The fact is how well they cope with a university course where the language of teaching & examining is English.

Judging students performance on the threshold of IELTS score can be detrimental as result may get affected with other parameters like previous studies, teaching and supportive services available at the university.

However, English language proficiency has always a role play on for international students’ academic achievement who come from different cultural background..

It has become utmost important to establish an association between IELTS score and academic success. Research suggests that at 6.5 language proficiency, the intensity of failure decreases sharply which make this score a threshold for entry at number of universities.

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Other research suggests that band 4.5 can be that limit of success, which indeed puts the universal practice of band 6.0-6.5 under debate.

The generalization of minimum entry requirement for university admissions means language skill level will have a significant influence on students’ academic performance at universities.

However, contradictory findings from different research implies that if any university choose to adopt this standard, they can deprive a segment of potential students to gain higher studies at that institute.

Arguments may come forward as depriving small portion of students is not worthy enough to reject the importance of IELTS in choosing academically fit students for higher studies.

But, it is also true that international higher education bodies are losing relatively large number of students every year for this strict IELTS obligation.

The other way is to divert these low IELTS scored students to have basic English proficiency course once they have gain entry into universities. In that case, universities can mitigate with diverting some resources in assisting students by academic English language build-up skills courses with highly skilled teachers.

Therefore, the trade-off between interest of both students and universities will be to lessened current IELTS requirement with supplementary English courses.