JAKARTA, IndonesiaAug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Three outstanding IELTS test takers in Indonesia have been selected as local prize winners of the British Council IELTS Prize 2017/18. The winners are Ibrahim Kunto Baskoro, Monica Jasmine Gunawan and Rivaldy Varianto Susilo. Winners attended a panel interview and were selected based on their organisation and communication skills, ability to talk about their dreams and aspirations, and insight into how they plan to contribute to their home country after their studies. Since the launch of the IELTS Prize in 2011, the award has helped more than 200 students in East Asia pursue their dreams of studying abroad. This year, 30 local prize winners will be added to the list. Each of the local prize winners receives an award valued at IDR 40,000,000. British Council also awards three regional prizes to top students in East Asia who will pursue higher education in their dream universities abroad in the coming September.

One of the local prize winners, Monica commented that she was shocked when received the winner notification from the British Council. She said,Obviously I did not expect to win because I was aware of how tight the competition was. I believe other candidates were all highly qualified but I am extremely grateful that the British Council chose me. English has been a big part of my life and I started to think I am better at it than my mother language, but winning the IELTS Prize really made me even more confident about my linguistic ability. All thanks to IELTS and the British Council for this amazing opportunity for me to show my ability and interest in English.

Regional Grand Prize winner Dinda Royhan, an advocate of human rights and humanitarian actions, believes that IELTS enabled her to secure a place in one of the world’s most competitive institutions to study her field. She notes, “After attending Bahasa Indonesian-medium public schools in Indonesia throughout my entire academic life, succeeding in the IELTS test boosted my confidence and affirmed my readiness to study abroad in English. My IELTS score significantly contributed to my successful Sciences Po application, helping me stand out from thousands of other applicants”.

“Through the IELTS Prize, we are pleased to support more high-calibre individuals who demonstrate the potential to contribute to society as a result of their undergraduate or postgraduate study”, said Steve Adams, Director Examinations, East Asia. “With over three million tests taken in 2017, IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English proficiency test, helping test takers realise their dream to study, work and live overseas. It is trusted and recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies.”

British Council provides full support in preparing students for the IELTS test, including its offering, Road to IELTS, a collection of specially-designed online practice materials for registered students, and access to a range of preparation materials, such as practice tests. For convenience, test sessions are organised at least three times a month, which gives test takers flexibility when selecting sessions that best suit them.  To learn more, please visit www.ieltsasia.org/id.