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Across all areas of test delivery, test administration and test results, IELTS is valid and secure.

Every aspect of the IELTS test is subject to the highest quality controls, cutting edge security and integrity management practices.

The IELTS nine (9) band score system measures and reports test scores in a consistent manner. It is secure, benchmarked and understood worldwide. The rigorous processes used to produce the test materials ensure that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty, so that your results are consistent wherever and whenever the test is taken. IELTS scores are proven and valid regardless of where you take the test.

IELTS has an integrated system of recruitment, training, benchmarking, certification and monitoring for IELTS Examiners. This ensures that they are fully qualified, experienced and effective, and provide a standardised testing and assessment system around the world. We have a rigorous, quality assured system for marking every IELTS test, proven by the half million IELTS tests conducted every year. The performance of each clerical marker is regularly monitored and evaluated. Each marker is tested every two years to retain their certification.

IELTS test centres are operated by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia or by independent organisations that meet strict standards of quality, security and customer service.

The free IELTS Test Report Form Verification Service enables universities and employers to authenticate test report forms and safeguard against fraudulent report forms using a safe and secure online database.