I bet you have heard the term IELTS for the better part of your life and it never meant anything to you till you found out you needed it to relocate from Ghana. IELTS is an English test that is recommended for citizens English speaking countries who want to migrate to other English speaking countries.
The test can be taken in different countries. My guess is that if you are reading this article then you want to get more knowledge about what you need to do to enroll for your IELTS exams in Ghana. Before we go ahead with discussing how to enroll, pay, and pass the exam in Ghana, let’s discuss the term IELTS itself.
IELTS Ghana: How to Enrol, Pay, and Pass
What is IELTS?
IELTS is an acronym for International English Language Testing System and it is regarded by many as the most popular English language test in the world. This test which was developed to evaluate different aspects of your English language skills were designed by some of the top authorities of the language. The test focuses on speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Basically, the test reveals how you will work or study in a foreign, English-speaking environment.
Why you should take the IELTS test
One of the most popular questions asked by immigrants or prospective immigrants to English speaking countries is, “why must I take an IELTS test?” I am sure you have probably asked that question a couple of times yourself. If you have, then you are not abnormal, you are just one out of many with the same thought.
This is why you should take the test. Over 10,000 organizations spread across 140 countries accept this test as a criterion to evaluate the English speaking skills of prospective employees. These organizations include government parastatals, corporate bodies, and academic institutions. Out of this huge statistic, more than 3,000 of these organizations are based in the United States. Just so you know, the US welcomes the highest visa applications from Africa.
If you are going to migrate to an English speaking country, you will need to prove your English proficiency level. The better your proficiency, the easier it is to live and work in that country. You will need to prove your English language proficiency to a company in a country whose main language is English. If you can then you are assured 70% of getting in. The question to ask yourself is, “what better way can you prove your proficiency than by taking an IELTS test?”
In case you do not plan to travel out of your country but have intentions of working as a freelancer on international jobs you need to take an IELTS test. Here’s why. Most employers do not have the time to test you for your English proficiency and they really need to know how well you can communicate. What they do is they add the results of an IELTS test as part of the job requirements.
Having your results automatically places you on a higher pedestal above other bidders who are yet to take the test. Do you know how many jobs you could get and how much you could make simply by taking an IELTS test?
I am sure that you are already getting ideas in your head about taking an IELTS test. Well if that is the case, I am here to help you out. In the next few paragraphs, we shall be discussing how to enroll for the test and make your payments as well.
How to Enroll for IELTS in Ghana
You probably thought the registration would be a complex process considering how important the test is. Let me shock you a bit, the enrollment process is one of the easiest and most straightforward. All that is required of you is follow the registration instructions to the letter and you will be done in less than no time.
The step by step process is stated below:
- Find out the closest IELTS test center to your location in Ghana. There are 1,100 registered IELTS test centers scattered across 140 countries worldwide. There is a chance you will have one not too far from your location.
- Complete the registration form. You can either fill the registration form online after paying the application fee. You can also choose to download the form, print it out, fill it and submit it to a local IELTS center closest to you. Choosing the second option requires you to attach your identification documents for verification purposes. This ID will also be required on the day of your exam as proof of your legitimacy.
- Ensure that your test date is booked. This is the final step of the enrollment process. It is important to find out if your registration is complete and your test date has been booked. You should get a confirmation message in your email. Usually, the speaking and writing aspects of the tests are fixed for the same dates, else they will be seven days apart. It is imperative that you find out the date for your exams as it will help you prepare better.
IELTS fees in Ghana
The test is usually taken at a fee. For 2019, the cost of taking an IELTS test in Ghana is GHS 1296. There might be a few extra charges because of the tutorial classes you need to attend to prepare you for the test. The registration for the test in Ghana is under the auspices of the British Council in Ghana.
IELTS test dates in Ghana
The test dates are fixed by the British Council on a first come first serve basis. It is recommended that applicants register for the test five weeks before their desired test dates. In some cases, there may be free slots later than the period chosen. You, however, need to keep checking online to be sure of the dates.
That is about all there is to know about enrolling and paying for an IELTS test in Ghana. Good luck with your test.
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