Stop IELTS from becoming a money making business! We need fair and transparent evaluation!

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Many people are taking English language exams like ILETS for immigration purpose and education purposes. In recent times, IELTS exam is losing its credibility and losing trust among test takers. Many people complain that IELTS bands (especially writing) are not fair in recent times and there is no feedback given to candidates about the areas of improvement.

Candidates were not given with justification for their score and they are often left with a confused state not knowing what went wrong. Despite their dedicated efforts and hard work, candidates are often awarded only 6.5 in writing (note that band of 7 is what candidates are targeting to live their immigration dreams. IELTS is literally spoiling everyone's life with .5 everytime). "Hide everything from candidate" is not going to benefit anyone. We want IELTS to be transparent with evaluation and band justification. We would like to have a provision wherein candidates can request for their answer sheet copy (Xerox or something) for a fee. This will help the candidate to understand why he/ she is awarded any band and if anything is wrong with evaluation they can file a complaint and get justice. 

6.5 band in writing is often perceived as a way to force people to give IELTS exam again. There are candidates who took IELTS exam more than 20 times and all the times they are given with 6.5 in writing. When IELTS exam evaluation becomes transparent to a extend where candidates can trust the evaluation, they don't get agitated.

Where there is a lot of money involved, it needs to be regulated and standardized. Certainly, it is important to standardize the exam IELTS exam and evaluation pattern for benefit of everyone. IELTS exams are costly and people should be cleared informed about what lead to their awarded band and the areas of improvement to achieve better band.

In recent times, we could even see ads in social media and other platforms seeking people to take-up IELTS exam with IDP/ BC. This is certainly not a good sign and Cambridge University should realize this and should make necessary changes to IELTS. Cambridge University/ BC/ IDP should consider giving justification for the band (Like why he/ she is awarded this band and what improvements he/ she has to do to get a better band in future)

Making money is not candidates' concern, but certainly "Hide everything from candidates" is a concern for everyone. Cambridge University/ BC/ IDP should consider giving justification for the band (Like why he/ she is awarded this band and what improvements he/ she has to do to get a better band in future)

Recent outrage, allegations, and complaints about IELTS's fair evaluation justify our demand for transparency. In fact, Cambridge should make some steps to address these controversies. We would like to see a transparent and fair IELTS evaluation and feedback.

Keeping that candidate informed about their area's of improvement and providing their answer sheet copy for a fee will not really harm IELTS. In fact, this will boost confidence on IELTS.

Kindly consider our request and we would love to see transparent IELTS exams in near future.

A few references to support this petition:

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2017/06/21/i-feel-they-are-harassing-me-says-woman-who-took-ielts-21-times

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/content/ielts-score-sale-india-sbs-punjabi-investigates

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/10/26/ielts-sale-whistleblowers-reveal-scam

Note: I will keep updating all the complaint as and when I receive it about IELTS.



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