IELTS and OET News: October 2020

Oct 8, 2020 | IELTS, IELTS News, IELTS Test, OET

2020 has been moving at break-neck speed.

Finding it hard to keep up? Don’t worry!

Below you will find a summary of the most important events with regards to tests, jobs, and education.

Two New Delivery Formats For IELTS Speaking

One of the unique selling points of IELTS is that you get to speak to a real human for the Speaking component. 

This year the IELTS partners have introduced two new delivery formats for IELTS Speaking.

The first is the Indicator test; you get to sit the test in the comfort of your home by connecting with the examiner through Zoom in an online environment.

The disadvantage is that the test is only an indication of your score. Not all official bodies will accept the test since it does not take place in a secure testing environment.

The second is similar but takes place in a test centre. Since Covid-19, many test centres have not had access to examiners. IELTS have risen to this challenge by connecting candidates to examiners via their own online application. 

This test is conducted within a test centre under secure conditions and is accepted by all the usual official bodies. 

International IELTS Job News

UK Employment Opportunities

After Brexit and Covid-19, non-EU Countries now account for most interest in UK jobs. India comes first at 11.8%, followed by America at 7.4%.

One reason for the increased interest may be the creation of many new job opportunities in the UK market.

Over a Thousand Urgent Covid-19 Medical Jobs in UK Unfilled

A search of the NHS Job board in the UK reveals that there are currently 1,174 Covid related jobs available. Twelve of those jobs are paying more than £100,000 per annum. 

If you are a medical professional looking to move to the UK – there has never been a better time to make your move.

Here is a direct link to the NHS Covid-19 job board.  

IELTS International Study

UK Education

New University League Table For International Students

A new league table for UK universities focuses on the success of the international student population in each institution.

Until now, league tables have always focused on the whole student body – many of whom are British citizens. Instead, the Global Engagement Index evaluates factors which affect only international students.

The results make for interesting reading, and you should consult it before choosing a UK university.

You can find the Global Engagement Index here

Further Reading

If you want to keep abreast of the latest developments, follow our blogTwitter and LinkedIn accounts for up-to-the-minute news.

See you in November!

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