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Three outstanding students in East Asia have won the regional IELTS Prize

2018/19 IELTS Prize winners announced!

Date: 6 August 2019

(Korea, 6 August 2019) The British Council IELTS Prize, since its launch in 2011, has supported more than 270 students in East Asia in pursuing their dreams of studying abroad. This year, 33 prize winners in the region have been added to the list, including two outstanding IELTS test takers in Korea, who have been awarded an IELTS Prize 2018/19 Local Prize.

Winners demonstrate a strong aspiration and commitment to serve society

This year, the British Council interviewed over one hundred exceptional individuals who have excelled in their IELTS test and shown admirable aspiration in their plan to contribute to society, locally or abroad. While it was a tough decision for the judges, the winners demonstrated an outstanding level of academic commitment and excellent communication skills. These individuals will become British Council IELTS Ambassadors.  

Top three test takers in East Asia have been awarded the Regional Prize

Three regional prizes valued up to KRW 57,000,000 have been awarded to top students in East Asia who will pursue higher education in their dream universities in the 2019/20 academic year. 

Regional Grand Prize winner, Dillon Chew, believes that the IELTS test has opened the door for him to top quality education in the emerging field of Biotechnology. He says, “extensive preparation for the IELTS test helped me stand out among applicants to the University of Cambridge. In addition, the financial support from the IELTS Prize has taken me one step closer to my dream”.

Local Prizes are awarded to two outstanding test takers in Korea.

The two Local Prize winners in Korea are Serin Lee and Jayoon Choi. The first prize winner Serin Lee, a prospective MIT student, said “the fact that British Council believed in my potential and capabilities made me gain confidence in myself to start my new journey at the graduate school and pursue my career as a material scientist and engineer.” Jayoon Choi, the 2nd prize winner and a future child education policy advisor, also commented with joy that ‘taking the IELTS test with the British Council had more merits than others. I got much help from the credible online materials in the exam preparation period, and I won one more support through IELTS Prize which will help me much in studying child education policy for the future of Korea.’

“IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English proficiency test, with over 3.5 million tests taken in 2018. Through the British Council IELTS Prize, we are pleased to subsidise high-calibre individuals who demonstrate the potential to contribute to society after their studies”, said Trish Thomson, Regional Marketing Director, East Asia.

The British Council provides test takers with a full range of services, including pre-test support, in-test arrangements and post-test services. This includes access to Road to IELTS, a collection of specially designed online preparation and practice materials for registered students, including practice tests. Test takers also benefit from easily accessible venues, flexibility when selecting test sessions to best suit their schedules, and the timely receipt of their Test Report Form. To learn more, please visit