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IDP Education, a global leader in English language testing and training and student placement services is set to open the doors to its first International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test centre in Japan.
The test centre will open in Tokyo on 25 June to cater for the increasing number of people in Japan choosing IELTS for academic, professional and migration purposes.
IELTS tests will be initially available on a fortnightly basis in Tokyo, with new test centres to be opened in Kobe and Yokohama in September and Osaka in October.
Considered the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test, IELTS is recognised by more governments around the world for migration purposes than any other English language test, and is recognised by more than 9,000 organisations and institutions globally.
IELTS measures four skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to assess the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.
IDP Education officially launched its Tokyo test centre on Wednesday 25 May at the Australian Embassy (Tokyo), with the support of Austrade in Japan. The test centre islocated in the Mitsui Seimei Building 1F, 1-4-15, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-0075.
The test centre will be operated in partnership with the Japan Study Abroad Foundation, which focuses on providing a broad range of high-quality education opportunities from across the globe to Japanese students.
Chief Executive Officer of IDP Education, Andrew Barkla, said the opening of its first test centre in Japan highlights the organisation’s commitment to strengthening its presence in key markets across Asia.
“More than 2.7 million IELTS tests are taken around the world annually and this number is growing,” Mr Barkla said.
“IDP Education has more than 400 test locations in the world and the opening of our first test centre in Japan highlights our ongoing investment in the Asia Pacific region.”
For more than 45 years, IDP Education’s global network and relentless focus on quality systems, culture and embracing of new and innovative technologies has helped the organisation remain at the forefront of testing and training practices worldwide.
Left to right: Mr Shinji Moriyama (President, Japan Study Abroad Foundation) with Andrew Barkla, Belinda Robinson, Andrew Thomas and Susan Durnin from IDP Education.