IELTS News: April 2020

Apr 8, 2020 | IELTS, IELTS News, IELTS Test

In This Issue 

With IELTS testing at a standstill, this months news is very much dominated by the coronavirus.

The impact of this virus is likely to be felt for some time to come. One report estimates that it could take five years for normality to return, and some changes are likely permanent.

While the British Council has not announced anything about its testing dates in mainland China beyond May – the Chinese government has given a big hint about when the test might return. 

For those outside mainland China and Iran, there is one popular alternative that is stealing a march on the IELTS test and which might help you to keep your education plans on track.

The Latest IELTS News

IELTS testing worldwide is at a virtual standstill, and very few test centres remain open.

In some countries, you might have better luck with the computer-delivered version of the test. 

This version can continue in some places since the centres where they take place can cater to a lower number of candidates.

You will need to contact your local IDP of British Council centre in to find out if this option is available for you.

International IELTS Job News

International Employment Opportunities

If you are currently unable to take the IELTS test due to the temporary closure of your centre – TOEFL might have the answer…

IELTS International Study

Studying Abroad

The tweet below shows that the IELTS test might not start in mainland China until July…

This might cause serious short-term problems for many Chinese students. 

However, the long-term impact of the coronavirus might improve your study opportunities as we enter a buyers market.

The Centre for Global Higher Education reports economic estimates of  ‘a possible 10% reduction of global GDP and a very long recovery period’

A reduction of this size will mean many thousands can no longer afford to travel far for their education. With a smaller customer base, it is likely that universities will have less stringent entry requirements and more competitive packages.

Further Reading

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See you in May!