The British Council is opening three computer-delivered IELTS test centres across the UAE this week, meeting a growing demand for the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test. The new openings in Al Ain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, demonstrate an increased recognition of the role of English language to empower young people to compete in a globalised workforce. Image Credit:

Dubai: The British Council is opening three computer-based IELTS test centres across the UAE this week to meet what it says in growing demand for the English language test.

The new centres are located in Al Ain University, New Horizons Training Institute in Dubai and University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi.

The new centres add to existing centres in American University of Sharjah and TEPTH in Dubai.

IELTS, or International English Language Testing System, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is taken by around 3 million people worldwide.

Deep Adhikari, Deputy Regional Exams manager at British Council, said: “Computer Delivered IELTS will provide candidates with flexible access to the IELTS tests across the country. It is already increasing convenience, mobility and choice for all test takers in the UAE. A strong command of English language for UAE youth is important to build a strong workforce. We are committed to supporting this development of English language across the UAE through our range of assessments which help candidate prove their ability. Students, learners and professionals can be confident that they are taking the same trusted English language test, but with more choice over how, where and when they take it.”