I am very grateful to the British Council for the pleasant surprise of being selected as one of the IELTS Prize winners. This is a huge privilege that has boosted my confidence and offers great support for my master’s degree at the University of York in the field of Psychology in Education. The prize will substantially subsidise the cost of my tuition and living expenses in England. I also look forward to actively collaborating with the British Council in the future. The role of a British Council IELTS Ambassador will provide me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share my experiences and hopefully inspire others to pursue higher education abroad.

The IELTS prize is one of the few scholarships which aims to motivate students to fulfil their dreams of studying abroad. It is awarded to applicants to assist their study, of any program, from any educational institution that accepts IELTS score as parts of its admission requirements. The selection process was convenient, and I particularly liked that almost everything could be done online, while the interview session went well because of the generosity of the committee.

I’ve completed the IELTS Test twice, and each time I was welcomed by staff who ensured that every stage of the test went smoothly. The service of the IELTS test was very customer-oriented, from the registration to the post-test results. The British Council also greatly helped me prepare for the test using the pre-test online course that allowed me to familiarise myself with the format and gave me useful tips before I took the exam.

For me, the IELTS is an excellent indicator of an individual’s English proficiency, and it is widely recognised by universities around the world. The results of the IELTS test can imply how well adapted one will be under the new language environment of living and studying aboard in an English-speaking country. In preparing for, and taking the IELTS exam, I realised my potential and gained much more confidence in my ability to listen, read, write, and speak the language and hence I know that my English will not be an obstacle to my academic growth in the future.

As an IELTS ambassador, my best advice for taking IELTS is to practice as much as possible. This will help you to identify which parts of the test you should work on the most. It is also a great idea to incorporate the English language in every aspect of your everyday life, such as reading and listening to news on the internet in English or practising speaking English with your friends. These efforts will undoubtedly improve your language skills over time.