Some Chinese students have had their IELTS score “permanently withheld” by IELTS.
According to reports, IELTS have decided to withhold the scores for some students. They have declined to tell the student their score and refused to pass on any information about the score to anyone outside the organization.
Those students involved are understandable angry and frustrated. IELTS are refusing to tell them anything about their results; they have been essentially accused of cheating but IELTS will not reveal any evidence to back this up.
Add to this the cost of the exam and this means the students are out of pocket, too.
Many major exams are coming in for criticism because of their lax policies and openness to abuse. Last year in the UK the TOEIC exam was suspended after widespread cheating was found and now the IELTS exam is coming under fire.
Obviously the exam bodies – who make a lot of money out of testing students – need to clean up their act but arbitrarily withholding scores and not giving any more information is not the way to go about this. It paints IELTS as Soviet style institution, impenetrable to all.
If IELTS really want to stamp out cheating, they need to be seen as transparent as possible and this is not the way to go about this.
IELTS – about the exam
IELTS Scores Suspended – from the Hindustan Times