Starting in September 2023, Nigerians aspiring to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations will face an increased cost of N107,500. The announcement was made by the British Council in a statement issued on Thursday.
The IELTS examination is a standardized test used to assess English language proficiency for individuals seeking to study, work, or migrate to English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom. The UK mandates individuals from various countries, including Nigeria, to take the IELTS as part of the visa application process for study or work opportunities within its borders.
The British Council, which administers the IELTS in Nigeria, explained that the updated fee is reflective of the ongoing costs associated with maintaining the test infrastructure and ensuring its quality. The examination is designed to evaluate an individual’s proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English.
The change in the examination fee is expected to impact students, professionals, and individuals planning to relocate to the UK for various purposes. As English proficiency remains a critical requirement for international education and employment opportunities, the adjustment in the IELTS examination fee will likely prompt individuals to carefully consider the costs associated with pursuing such opportunities in the UK.