What’s Wrong With IELTS Test in Bangladesh | Global Study Consultancy

Shafiqul Islam Jibon: In recent months, I have observed that some students obtained overall band score more than 6.5 or 7.0 in IELTS test which is sufficient for the direct admission at good universities around the world.

Shafiqul Islam Jibon CEO & Lead Consultancy to Global Study Consultancy

Shafiqul Islam Jibon
CEO & Lead Consultancy to Global Study Consultancy

But the students were not accepted for unconditional admission from the universities as their individual IELTS score was less than the requirement. So, they do not have option to get direct admission but a conditional admission with a foundation, pathway or ESL course prior the main degree program. Such conditional courses are mainly set with the short English language courses, that varies between three months to a year based on the so level of English knowledge of students after the so called placement test during registration procedures at the universities.

Why that conditional admission imposes, it is for that the students did not obtain required score or above in every individual part like Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking component. If it is less than the required level, then most universities will deny for direct acceptance even the overall band score is more than the required proficiency level of English.

For unconditional acceptance means, a student is going to spent additional months with the additional tuition fees and living cost with the universities. So, in business perspective that concept is definitely lucrative for the overseas universities, pathway or English language schools.

Secondly, conditional admission with such English courses are also generally denied to get visa from desire country even the university position is in so called ranked. Therefore, lot’s of Bangladeshi students are falling behind from the higher studies at good universities in their desire countries.


Now my question is, what actually happening in the assessment process of IELTS applicant in Bangladesh? Is that system fare enough to evaluate the overall performance of candidates here?

If you look into the two images of latest IELTS certificates with this article, you will see that a student got 6.0 in Listening, Writing and Speaking part of IELTS test. But the student obtain only 4.5 in ‘Reading part’ which does not match with overall standard of the student’s actual knowledge of English in terms of the performance in other parts. Other student got 6.5 in Listening, 6.5 in Writing and 7.0 in Speaking, but what was wrong with `Reading’ as she obtained only 5.5?

Thus, I can show many students who received these type of results, where I have doubt about the fair assessment of IELTS management authority in Bangladesh. Once I found one student who obtained 8 in Speaking, 7.5 in Writing, 7.5 in Listening and surprisingly only 5.5 in Reading, how that happens? We should have get some explanations from the authority.

In most cases, I observed such imbalance test scores between Reading and other three components of IELTS. The authority should explain why the Bangladeshi students are performing comparatively bad in Reading other than the Listening, Writing and Speaking part of IELTS.

However, if there is no politics, discrimination or such migration policies to put our students behind from the good universities of developed countries, then the authority should not hesitate to speak out of it.


Shafiqul Islam Jibon, CEO & Lead Consultant

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