IELTS & OET News Tracker: February 2024

Feb 12, 2024 | IELTS Test

The Latest IELTS News

Welcome to the second news tracker of 2024, bringing you some of the latest IELTS updates and immigration news since we last left you in January!

IELTS in the News

Recent IELTS Questions and Topics

For those looking to get a sense of the recent IELTS exam content, a compilation of questions from tests conducted in previous months across various countries has been shared. 

These include speaking questions from India, Australia, and Dubai, among others, covering a wide range of topics from daily life to academic interests​​​​.

We strongly recommend you read these to ensure you are fully prepared for the questions you might encounter on test day! Knowing the questions you are likely to be tested on will help you to both learn the vocabulary you are likely to need, and to feel more confident as test day approaches.

Even better,  consider practicing verified test questions with our experienced teachers, who can advise you on your current score and help you to remove the barriers standing in the way of the score you need! Our teachers are even more up-to-date on the questions you are likely to encounter than those you can read on the web!

ETS TOEIC Scandal Court Cases Continue

The Guardian has reported on an English language testing scandal that has impacted students for over a decade, centering around allegations of fraud in the administration of the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) exams, which are run by ETS (Educational Testing Service), the same organisation responsible for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) tests. 

This controversy has led many students to renew their efforts to clear their names, after years of facing accusations and the significant personal and professional consequences that followed. 

The scandal has raised questions about the security measures and integrity of the testing processes used by ETS.

In contrast, IELTS (International English Language Testing System), which is not mentioned in the scandal, is known for its stringent security protocols and is widely respected among immigration authorities and academic institutions globally. 

This reputation makes IELTS a safer choice for candidates seeking to prove their English language proficiency for immigration or academic purposes. Unlike TOEIC and TOEFL, IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English, ensuring a high level of oversight and quality control that has helped it avoid such controversies.

Given the implications of the TOEIC scandal for students and the broader questions it raises about test security, candidates might find IELTS to be a more reliable option for meeting English language requirements for visas, migration, or study abroad programs. 

The enhanced security measures and widespread acceptance of IELTS underscore its status as a trusted and respected English language assessment tool.

For more details on the story, visit The Guardian.

International Migration News

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In the context of international migration, specifically for those planning to take the IELTS test for migration purposes, there have been several important updates and considerations for January and February 2024. 

These updates are particularly relevant for candidates aiming to apply for immigration to countries like Canada and Australia, where IELTS scores play a crucial role in the application process.

Emigration to Canada

For candidates looking to migrate to Canada, understanding the trends in Express Entry draws from the previous year can provide valuable insights for planning when to take the IELTS test. 

Historically, the number of invitations issued and the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores required can vary throughout the year, influenced by factors such as backlog, market assessment, and immigration needs. Notably, language proficiency, as demonstrated by IELTS scores, is a significant component of the CRS score, underscoring the importance of preparing well for the test. 

With this in mind, it’s advisable to start preparing for the IELTS test at least one or two months in advance of when you plan to apply for immigration, particularly if targeting application periods with historically higher numbers of invitations​​.

If you need help preparing for the test, you can view the options we offer here.

IELTS is recognised as the world’s preferred English test for migration, trusted by the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. The test assesses the language skills necessary for successful settlement in a new country. Offering both Academic and General Training options, IELTS caters to a wide range of immigration and academic requirements. The trust placed in IELTS by governments worldwide highlights its importance for potential migrants​​.

Emigration to Australia

In Australia, significant immigration changes are set for 2024, including the introduction of a new Skills in Demand visa with three targeted pathways to facilitate migration worker mobility.

This visa aims to attract highly-skilled migrants beneficial to Australia’s national productivity. Additionally, there will be an increase in English language requirements for Student visas, emphasising the role of English proficiency in migration pathways. These upcoming changes illustrate the evolving landscape of immigration policies and the continuous importance of language proficiency in the migration process​​.

For individuals planning to take the IELTS test for migration purposes, these updates emphasise the need for thorough preparation and timely test-taking. The IELTS test not only supports your migration application but also prepares you for successful integration into your new country by ensuring you possess the necessary language skills.

Further Reading

If you want to make sure you’re always up to date with the latest developments in all things IELTS, follow Our BlogTwitter and LinkedIn accounts for up-to-the-minute news.

That’s all for February. We will provide you with the next round of the latest developments in March!

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