A lot of Revenue is generated by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in Pakistan.
IELTS is basically an International English Language Test that is arranged by two examination bodies in Pakistan British Council and AEO (Australian Education Organization).
AEO have a good reputation in Pakistan. They are really popular among the students in Pakistan due to being just with the students.
Well The Current Circumstances in Pakistan are making it difficult to survive in Pakistan. A lot of People are applying to study at a university abroad or are applying for an immigration.
To be able to get a Visa Acceptance IELTS is mandatory and IELTS is the qualification required to seek admission in any foreign University.
A lot of Students apply for an IELTS Test. As a lot of Students are familiar that there are Four Modules in the IELTS Test Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
A lot of students are really dubious on what to choose. They are very much worried about their future so they are really cautious in selecting the examination body through which they will attempt the test.
For Pakistani Students although teachers say that both British council and AEO are the same but honestly speaking there is a vast difference. These teachers have not attempted this IELTS test themselves so they guide their students in a wrong way.
Two Modules Listening and Reading are the same in both AEO and British council as there is an answer key to questions which is followed by examiners.
The remaining two modules Writing and Speaking have a wide marking difference. British council of Pakistan is really strict and tries its level best to restrict the students in a band score of 6.5.
They award 5.0 Overall Band score when the Candidate deserves a lot more then that. Accidentally if some one like a really Qualified Doctor or some big Business man sits in the test They award 7 or 7.5 overall Band just to maintain their egoistic attitude.
On the Other Hand AEO is very good in this case. Their Examiners are fresh and try their level best to pump a candidate perform well. A lot of students achieve an overall band score of 8.5 in AEO while on average if you are awarded overall 5.0 Band score in Ielts by British council you could easily achieve 6.5 or even 7 in AEO.
The Speaking test organized by British council is really weird. They have old ladies who are really egoistic and are extremely rude. They try their level best to confuse a candidate. On the other hand the Speaking examiners of AEO are young and really of good mood. They smile at intervals and treat the Candidates as their Friend. This ambience in the Speaking Test really releases a lot of exam pressure from the candidate and so the Candidate performs well and achieves minimum 6.0 Band in Speaking Test and Maximum could be 8.5 but on average Students secure 7.0 Band in AEO Speaking Test.
When it comes to writing British council Examiners are not in a mood to do justice with the candidates. They try their level best to award a Band score less then 5.0 in Writing to restrict Candidate score.
AEO have good marking criteria and they try to award genuine marks to a candidate who is appearing into the test.
British council charges Rs 10,000 PKR for the test while AEO charges Rs 13000 Pakistani Rupees for the test. Students have direct access to AEO offices while British Council only corresponds through some branches of Standard Chartered Bank in Pakistan.
British Council has just one plus point that they provide wireless headphones for Listening that is good for Candidates.
My verdict to students will be to choose AEO for IELTS in Pakistan if they want to utilize their potential or go to British Council if you want injustice to be done with you.