IELTS & OET News Tracker: April 2024

Apr 12, 2024 | IELTS Test

Welcome back for our April news tracker, giving you the latest updates on the most recent IELTS developments and immigration news stories from the last month.

IELTS in the News

The Latest IELTS News

The most recent IELTS news focuses on the recent IELTS changes and what this means for candidates.

The IELTS Progress Check Set To Close

It’s been announced that the IELTS Progress Check will close this year. Candidates have until June 21 to take the test before it shuts down.

For those studying for the IELTS test, the IELTS Progress Check is an online practice test that allows candidates to test their proficiency in all four language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking, before the official exam. The practice test is then graded by official qualified IELTS markers, giving students a band score for each section, just like the real exam.

This allows IELTS test takers to test their knowledge before the exam and gives them an idea of how the exam will be structured, allowing them to prepare more effectively.

With the IELTS Progress Check no longer available from June, you will need extra support for the IELTS test. At English With An Expert, we have experienced IELTS tutors who offer candidates ongoing support. We also publish model answers on our website and Writing Corrections for candidates to receive graded practice essays for the Writing section of the test, making sure you’re prepared for the IELTS exam.

So, if you’re considering taking IELTS, seeking help from an expert will give you that extra support so you can be confident in your ability to pass. 

International Migration News

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This issue of the latest immigration news developments focuses on the changes to immigration in Australia and New Zealand and how gaining a high IELTS score can help you with your entry.

The IELTS Score Requirement For Student Visas Has Increased In Australia

The English requirement for student visas and graduate visas in Australia has increased from March 23 2024. These modifications are focused on raising the bar for English language proficiency.

Insights from the Migration Review suggest that the current English language criteria for student visas might not adequately prepare students for success. As a result, the minimum English language requirement for student visas has increased from an IELTS score of 5.5 to 6.0, and for graduate visas, it’s risen from an IELTS score of 6.0 to 6.5.

A new ‘Genuine Student Test’ is being implemented to strengthen the integrity of student visa processes. This assessment evaluates applicants’ intentions to study in Australia and their financial situations. The goal of these tests is to not only ensure the authenticity of applicants but also attract highly skilled international students.

The Genuine Student Test is to replace the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE). It includes an interview with a visa officer who will assess English proficiency, academic qualifications, and financial documents. This change is intended to help reduce fraud and evaluate students’ overall authenticity.

If you’re looking to immigrate to Australia, with the requirements rising, it’s crucial now more than ever that you achieve a good score in your IELTS test to secure a visa. Seeking help from an expert can guarantee your chances of doing well in the test and, as a result, open the door to future opportunities. Get in touch with us today and let us help you.

New Zealand Enforces Stricter Visa Rules

New Zealand has begun following in Australia’s footsteps and tightening visa regulations. This will involve stricter requirements for English proficiency, work experience, and specific skills. Furthermore, the duration that individuals are allowed to remain in the country on a work permit has been shortened.

This reform of the immigration framework is expected to impact migrants seeking employment opportunities in New Zealand. However, applications that are already being processed when the changes are made will be assessed based on the migration requirements that were in place when they applied.

Amay Jain, a senior associate at Victoriam Legalis, highlighted the policy changes that could affect migrants. “The introduction of English language requirements for low-skilled roles and the reduction of the maximum continuous stay period from five years to three years could potentially disrupt their employment situations.” 

With the increase in English language requirements for visas, it’s essential that if you’re looking to immigrate to countries like New Zealand and Australia, you improve your English proficiency to increase your chances of being accepted. 

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