Recently, an explosion in the number of students sitting for the
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) required for entry intooverseas universities has forced IELTS organizers to increase the frequency ofthe exam. Last year, around 10,000 people in Shanghai took the exam between
May and July. This year that figure has risen to around 17,000, increasing byabout 70% over the same period last year. Increasing pressure from competitionfor jobs is the main reason that so many university graduates choose to continuetheir studies abroad.