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Old April 19th, 2017, 09:54 AM   #1
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IDP or British Council ?


One of the strangest things I have heard from students goes something like this:

”I’m going to book my test with IDP, the examiners give higher marks.”

”I’m doing my test with the BC because the examiners there help you more and are very friendly.”

Have you heard this before? It seems that most students have an opinion. One student will say that one is better than the other and then in the next class you will hear someone say the exact opposite. It is always someone’s friend’s cousin’s auntie did it there and she said blah blah blah……… However, no one has any real evidence that one is ‘better’ than the other.

I have worked at one of these schools and I have friends who are examiners at the other and I can tell you that your test experience will be exactly the same at both. Why? The examiners are all trained in the exact same way and use the exact same criteria to grade your performance. They are also checked by more senior examiners using the exact same criteria.

You could go to the BC in the morning and do your speaking test there and then do a second speaking test at IDP in the afternoon and your scores should be the same. If they are different, it is because you performed better in one of them, not because the examiners were better or worse.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 05:40 PM   #2

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Totally URBAN LEGEND. Both BC and IDP Ielts tests are same. I took one from the IDP but checked the test of my friend who took it from BC and noticed no big difference.

On the other hand, i would prefer IELTS over TOEFL. IELTS is made by (mostly)the British whose the english belongs , TOEFL is conducted by American ETS
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