Nigerians who wish to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam will need to pay a higher price starting in September 2023.
The new price for the exam will be N107,500, an increase from the current cost of N80,000 to N90,000.
The IELTS body stated that the increase is necessary to maintain the exam's high standards and to ensure that test takers have the best possible experience.
This announcement has sparked some controversy among Nigerians, many of whom feel that the increase is too steep.
A statement addressed to prospective candidates reads;
“Dear valued Test Taker, We would like to inform you that effective from 1 September 2023, there will be a price increase for IELTS tests offered by the British Council.
“The new prices will be NGN 107,500 for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, NGN 116.000 for UK Visas and Immigration and NGN 104,000 for Life Skills.
“The new prices are necessary to sustain the high-quality of standards for your testing experience. Thank you for choosing the British Council.”