Cheating on IELTS Test

There has been a recent event in India, where 15 people were caught cheating on IELTS test; they tried to appear on behalf of actual candidates and were caught before they could even enter the examination hall, they did confess that they were trying to make some extra money, though it wasn’t an easy drill for them. Our todays discussion is not about this particular event and certainly not for such people who try or think of becoming an imposter.

Some people do get influenced by the rules of ‘Reel life’ and try to apply them in our ‘Real life’, a difference that we should never ignore or forget. There is no rewind button in real life and the mistakes that are made cannot be undone all the times and it might leave you with regrets only. Having said that, we would like to discuss about what happens if you get caught cheating on your IELTS test in any way possible.

Many students have a dream for studying abroad, and due to putting a lot on stake, it becomes a big decision for them. No wonder many among us are willing to do whatever it takes to get an admission in their chosen universities. To study in any English speaking country, students are required to prove their language competencies if they are not from English speaking country. Therefore, they opt a popular language proficiency test IELTS, which is accepted worldwide.

IELTS is a quadripartite test, which means it is divided into 4 different part i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and this test can be a key decider for your university admission. You pass this test and you get one part of your study abroad dream sorted, but if you fail you may loose an intake or year.

There are many organised circles who offers services like leaking a test questions or providing fake candidates to take test on other’s behalf. They usually target people who finds it difficult get the required scores on their own. You must know that cheating in any form is prohibited by IELTS, and anyone who gets caught will only put their university’s admission and visa applications in a jeopardy.

As a candidate you will also receive a notice stating that you must not “engage in any form of malpractice which may damage the integrity and security of the IELTS test”. Malpractice includes, but it is not limited to attempting to cheat in any way, such as impersonating another candidate or having another person impersonating you, disrupting the test in any way; copying the work of another candidate, reproducing any part of the test in any medium or attempting to alter the data on the Test Report Form.

There many measures in place as a safeguard against the falsification of results. Candidates photographs are taken on the day of IELTS test and it also appears on your IELTS Test Report Form. There are fraud prevention measures in place to enable IELTS to identify counterfeit Test Report Forms.

Consequences of getting caught are that candidates will not be allowed to complete the test and will not receive IELTS test result. If someone is found to have cheated on test after the result is issued, their results will be cancelled.

British Council’s website states: “Immigration agencies and institutions that accept IELTS scores will cancel your application and exclude you from applying again if false documentation is submitted. Test-takers engaging in malpractice may also be liable to legal action.”

We hope that this information will keep you all informed of what you must not do when thinking or planning to take IELTS test. The best idea is to prepare well for the test because it will not only help you acquire admission and visas but also with getting through successfully in your studies at international universities. Study International also provides assistance towards learning and couching in IELTS and if you require any assistance in such regard, our experienced couches will certainly be available to help you score the required bands.

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