IELTS & OET News Tracker: June 2024

Jun 13, 2024 | IELTS Test

The Latest IELTS News

Things are changing very rapidly in today’s world, and emigration is becoming increasingly competitive. That makes keeping up to date with the latest developments even more important!

IELTS in the News

False Reports of Changes to The IELTS Test in 2024

IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for international migration and higher education and has a critical role in global education and employment. Offered in over 1,200 locations across more than 140 countries, it is recognised by over 10,000 organisations worldwide. Last year alone, more than 3 million people took the IELTS to prove their English proficiency. 

However, this widespread popularity has also led to a surge in misinformation online. Many websites publish false news about the IELTS to attract attention, which can mislead potential test-takers. It is crucial to critically evaluate the information you come across to ensure you are preparing correctly for the test.

When reading about IELTS, always consider the source of the information. Check if a reputable entity authors the content, whether it links to reliable sources, and if it is supported by authorities such as IDP or the British Council. If these criteria are not met, the information should be treated with scepticism. By vigilance, you can avoid falling prey to inaccurate advice and ensure you are well-prepared for the IELTS.

If you have any questions about IELTS or would like us to help you prepare, don’t hesitate to contact us through the contact form at the bottom of this page.

UCAS Hosts Panel Discussion on Security in IELTS Testing

In a recent panel discussion hosted by UCAS, experts gathered to tackle the critical issue of security in English language testing. The panel included representatives from IELTS, Stephen Carey, and other sector colleagues, who collaborated to address pressing concerns in the field. 

Topics included combating malpractice, the role of technology in online test delivery, identity checks and verification, and the strategies providers use to stay ahead in maintaining rigorous standards.

Key points of consensus among the panellists included:

  1. Multi-layered, End-to-End Test Security: Effective security measures must encompass all stages of the testing process, from pre-test preparation to post-test analysis.
  2. The Essential Human Element: Incorporating human oversight in online testing security is crucial for maintaining comprehensive and rigorous standards.

IELTS representatives emphasised their commitment to balancing security, quality, and fairness, ensuring that none of these elements are compromised in their testing processes. The discussion highlighted the ongoing efforts and evolving strategies necessary to uphold the integrity of English language testing globally.

As we may have mentioned, one American Embassy staff member informed us that they were more likely to process a visa when supported by an IELTS certificate since they trusted the security around IELTS even more than the US TOEFL qualification.

IELTS is the best choice for preparing a university/employment visa application. 

If we can help, contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

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International Migration News

The following immigration stories focus on Canada and the UK …

Canada Launches New Pilot Programs for Caregivers

Canada has announced new pilot programs to support caregivers and Canadian families. As the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot conclude, the new initiatives will allow caregivers to obtain permanent residence upon arrival and work in various care settings. These programs aim to address Canada’s evolving home care needs and streamline caregivers’ path to permanent residency. More details will be provided before the full launch, including full eligibility criteria and application processes.

For more information, visit

UK General Election 2024: Labour and Conservative Immigration Policies 

As the 2024 UK General Election approaches, both Labour and Conservative parties have outlined their immigration policies, highlighting key differences and priorities.

It is more likely that the Labour Party will win and that the UK will soon have a points-based system…

Conservative Party:

  • Reducing Net Migration: The Conservatives aim to significantly reduce net migration from the current levels, proposing a cap on work and family migration.
  • Asylum Policies: They plan to process asylum cases within six months and enforce measures like the Rwanda deportation scheme for failed asylum seekers.
  • Work Migration: Raising the minimum salary threshold for Skilled Worker visas and restricting visas for care workers and students’ dependents.
  • Student Migration: Banning most international students from bringing family members and implementing stricter controls on universities and recruitment agents.
  • Income Thresholds: Increasing the minimum income required for sponsoring family members from abroad to £38,700 by 2025.

Labour Party:

  • Reducing Dependence on Overseas Workers: Labour focuses on tackling home-grown skills shortages to reduce reliance on international workers.
  • Points-Based System: They propose adopting a points-based immigration system similar to Australia’s, assessing migrants based on education, skills, and experience.
  • Asylum Backlog: Labour aims to clear the asylum backlog with additional caseworkers and fast-track legal challenges for removals.
  • Student Policies: Retaining the ban on dependents for international students while reviewing the impact of current salary thresholds for work visas.

Both parties emphasise the need for controlled and sustainable immigration policies, yet their approaches and specifics differ significantly. For more details on these policies, visit Migration Observatory and Yahoo News.

Further Reading

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

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