British Council in Indonesia Announces 2018 IELTS Prize Winners

Three Outstanding Students in East Asia Win Regional IELTS Prize
2018-08-02 13:00 1732

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 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.

British Council IELTS Prize 2017/18 Indonesia winners
British Council IELTS Prize 2017/18 Indonesia winners

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

Notes to Editors:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration with over 3 million tests taken in the last year. Over 10,000 organisations trust and accept IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true to life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and education, and provides IELTS testing in more than 800 locations in over 100 countries.

About the test

Test takers are measured in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (non-user) through to 9 (expert user).

IELTS offers a choice of two tests, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes. IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test takers, irrespective of their subject focus. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. IELTS General Training is suitable for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and Ireland.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

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