IELTS News: February 2020

Feb 9, 2020 | Australia, IELTS, IELTS News, IELTS Test, OET

In this series, we bring you up-to-date with the latest happenings in the IELTS universe. It has been a busy month. 

Read on to discover how the IELTS test changed in January. Also learn how the coronavirus and Brexit continue to have a significant impact on your international goals. 

The Latest IELTS News

The Listening component of the IELTS test has changed. The changes are relatively minor – but it is essential that you are aware of them, so you don’t get caught out on test day.

The first change to note is that instead of having four sections, the test now has four parts.

The most significant change is that the Part 1 example has now been removed. Don’t sit there waiting for it to come – or you may miss the answer to the first question and find yourself scrambling to catch up!

This change reduces the amount of time you have to prepare before the test begins – it also allows the Part 1 conversation to be slightly longer.

Finally, the the test paper no longer contains page number references.

These changes are primarily cosmetic, and the level of difficulty remains the same. 

International IELTS Job News

International Employment Opportunities

The British government is making significant changes to immigration requirements to make it easier for medical professionals to live and work in the UK…

I know some of you live in relatively remote areas. Here’s a job where that experience is a significant advantage! 

IELTS International Study

Studying Abroad

The coronavirus is making its presence felt in the academic world.

All IELTS tests in China have been cancelled for February – and there is no guarantee they will be back in March.

This is having a significant impact on students, many of whom are now unable to get the scores they need before their academic deadlines.

In addition, there are more than 100,000 students in China who are now unable to travel to Australia for the start of their academic year.

Chinese students make up 28% of the international student population in China. Their absence will have impacts on class sizes and the teaching workforce. Some classes will likely be financially unviable. 

For some students, a solution could be shifting their study plans to the UK or Canada. 

Further Reading

Current events are moving quickly – for more up-to-the-minute news follow our blogTwitter and LinkedIn accounts.

See you in March!