IELTS News: March 2019

Mar 5, 2019 | IELTS News, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Test

Another month has passed, and we have lots of news to share with you!

We dive deep into academic reports and research to bring you nuggets of information relevant to the IELTS test. We then analyse how this news might impact you.

The Latest IELTS News

As you may know, at the moment the IELTS test has 3 parts and takes between 11-14 minutes.

However, Research by the University of Newcastle has experimented with adding a fourth section and extending the test time.

The IELTS Partners funded the research, which experimented with allowing Speaking candidates to ask questions. In the trial, the candidates had to ask the examiner questions for two minutes – just after the current long turn.

Those of you with a long memory may recall that until 2001 candidates had to ask questions. However, some cultures found taking the lead in an exam context difficult.

The researchers argue that this approach is better than the current test. They also suggest that the test take on a two-candidate format and that both candidates take part in role plays.

You can read the report in its entirety here.

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International IELTS Job News

International Migration To The UK On The Rise

The latest migration statistics by the UK Office for National Statistics show that migration continues to add to the population of the UK.

A closer look at the statistics shows that EU net migration has decreased. However, migration from the rest of the world has more than made up for the deficit.

Immigration to the UK for IELTS

Now is a great time to move to the UK. The trend for non-EU migration to the UK will continue to rise. The influx will give employers more choice and make the environment increasingly competitive.

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Study In The UK

The number of international students arriving in the UK has increased, and non-EU immigration has started to rise for the first time since 2013.
Home Office data shows a 10% increase in the number of student visas issued.

Chinese and Indian nationals have driven most of the increase.

IELTS Student Immigration Trends

Again, this demand will continue to rise as the UK becomes a more attractive destination for students.

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Improve Your Vocabulary

This section used to introduce vocabulary-rich articles which covered topics relevant to the IELTS test.

However, this part of our newsletter proved so popular that we have now given it a whole page to itself!

Keep an eye on our blog page for the very first edition of our IELTS Vocabulary series.

That’s all for this issue.

See you in April!