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IELTS taking new meassures - Biometric identity

Global English test IELTS has introduced a new biometric identity authentication system that will incorporate a finger scan and high resolution photo of all test takers.


Security experts and technology companies were consulted to develop the biometrics system which is “specifically designed to fit the purpose of high-stakes language testing”.


Governments accepting IELTS test results have welcomed the measures and even test takers have given their positive feedback, saying that much time was saved by the use of finger scanning technology to enter test rooms on test day.


Moreover, with the help of this system the admissions staff will be able to access the verification service website to see for themselves a high resolution photograph of each person who presents for a test.


The company says “We had to meet a cost measure that wasn’t going to increase the test taker fee for sitting an IELTS test”


In fact the company was looking for a system that was “unobtrusive, globally recognised and transportable” for the 900 locations in 135 countries where the test is available.


The new security protocols will be in use from the moment test takers sit the exam. High resolution photos will be included in the Test Report Form made available to all organisations.


IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Its test results are used by more than 8,000 education institutions, governments, professional registration bodies and employers around the globe to provide accurate and reliable measurement of English language proficiency.



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