Price Hike for IELTS Exams in Nigeria Starting September 2023

Price Hike for IELTS Exams in Nigeria Starting September 2023

Introduction: Increased Costs for IELTS Exams

Starting from September 2023, the British Council has announced a significant price increase for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic exams in Nigeria.

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This decision, aimed at maintaining high standards, has raised concerns due to its substantial impact on test takers, particularly in relation to the country’s minimum wage.

UK Mandate for Foreigners: Purpose of IELTS Exam

The IELTS exam is a prerequisite for foreigners aspiring to relocate to the United Kingdom (UK) for work or study purposes.

It serves as a standardized assessment of English language proficiency, evaluating non-native speakers’ ability to communicate effectively.

Global Recognition and Acceptance: IELTS’ Significance

With international recognition, IELTS is accepted by educational institutions, employers, professional organizations, and immigration authorities in English-speaking nations worldwide.

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Notably, countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA rely on IELTS scores to assess language skills for various purposes.

Drastic Price Increase: Impact on Test Takers

Previously priced between N80,000 and N90,000 in Nigeria, the new cost of N107,500 for IELTS exams represents a staggering increase.

This surge raises concerns, particularly in the context of Nigeria’s N30,000 minimum wage, making the test nearly three times more expensive.

Council’s Justification and Statement

The British Council has defended the price hike, asserting that it is necessary to ensure the maintenance of high-quality standards during the testing experience.

In an official statement, the council conveyed its appreciation to the test takers for choosing the British Council as their examination provider.

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Increased Fees: Categories and Breakdown

The new prices, effective from September 1, 2023, will impact various categories of IELTS exams.

The IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training exams will both be priced at NGN 107,500.

For those seeking UK Visas and Immigration, the cost will be NGN 116,000, while the Life Skills category will be priced at NGN 104,000.

Conclusion: Balancing Standards and Accessibility

While the British Council’s justification for the IELTS price increase centers on maintaining quality, the significant surge in costs cannot be overlooked.

As Nigeria’s workforce and student population seek international opportunities, it becomes crucial to strike a balance between maintaining high testing standards and ensuring accessibility for all segments of the population.

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