IELTS & OET News Tracker: May 2024

May 12, 2024 | IELTS Test

The Latest IELTS News

Welcome back to the IELTS News Tracker, providing you with all the latest updates surrounding the IELTS and immigration since we last left you in April.

IELTS in the News

Is AI About to Change the IELTS Test?

IELTS researchers, led by Dr. Tony Clark, are delving into the effects of generative AI on language assessments and innovating test delivery methods. Their projects aim to maintain the test’s integrity and adapt it to modern educational demands. 

They are also working on supporting universities with accurate score settings, enhancing test infrastructure, and detecting malpractice. 

These efforts are crucial for ensuring that IELTS remains a reliable measure of English proficiency in the evolving academic landscape.

For more information, visit the IELTS website.

International Migration News

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The next two stories focus on how visa applications are being streamlined in Canada and job opportunities in New Zealand.

Canada Makes Steps To Improve Visa Application Time

The wait for visa processing can be the most challenging part of emigrating. To improve predictability, Canada now offers estimated processing times for immigration applications online. The new online system aims to provide peace of mind for applicants.

The new processing times apply to:

  • Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry)
  • Provincial Nominees Program (Express Entry and non-Express Entry)
  • Federal Skilled Workers (Express Entry)
  • Quebec Skilled Workers
  • Citizenship grants and certificates
  • Spousal and partner applications (inside and outside Canada)
  • Parent or grandparent sponsorship

This change follows an October 2023 report from the Office of the Auditor General, recommending that IRCC improve their processing time calculations. Revised service standards are expected by the end of 2024.

However, predicting the time required to achieve your application’s IELTS score can be a bigger challenge. If you are experiencing difficulties, contact us to accelerate your progress. 

While Cambridge estimates that it typically takes 200 hours to improve by half a band, we specialise in expediting this process by identifying and addressing the specific areas that hinder your success.

Get in touch with us today for guidance from an expert IELTS tutor who will help you get the band score you need!

Job Opportunities in New Zealand

New Zealand, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and high quality of life, has become an attractive destination for skilled professionals worldwide. The country’s diverse job market continually seeks qualified individuals to fill various roles, particularly in sectors experiencing rapid growth or skill shortages. For many of these opportunities, especially for non-native English speakers, achieving a good score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is essential. The IELTS test assesses English proficiency, a critical requirement for securing employment and obtaining necessary work visas in New Zealand.

Below, we outline job sectors that are actively recruiting and the IELTS score you will need for each.

Healthcare Sector

One of the most prominent sectors requiring IELTS certification is healthcare. New Zealand has a persistent demand for healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and allied health workers. The healthcare sector mandates high levels of English proficiency to ensure effective communication with patients and colleagues. Medical professionals must often achieve an IELTS score of at least 7.0 in each band (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) to meet the registration requirements of professional bodies such as the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Education and Teaching

The education sector in New Zealand also demands IELTS certification for teaching roles. Teachers at all levels, from early childhood to secondary education, need to demonstrate strong English language skills. This requirement ensures that educators can deliver the curriculum effectively and engage with students and parents. Generally, a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required for teaching positions. Additionally, international teachers must meet the criteria set by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, which includes English language proficiency.

Engineering and IT

Engineering and Information Technology (IT) are other fields with significant opportunities for skilled migrants. New Zealand’s infrastructure projects and growing tech industry create numerous openings for engineers and IT specialists. Employers and professional registration bodies in these sectors often require a good command of English, typically evidenced by an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Proficiency in English is crucial for collaboration, project management, and client interactions.

Hospitality and Tourism

The hospitality and tourism industry, which is vital to New Zealand’s economy, also seeks individuals with strong English skills. With tourism being a major sector, roles in hotels, restaurants, and travel services require excellent communication abilities to provide high-quality customer service. While the required IELTS score may vary, a score of around 6.0 is usually sufficient for many positions in this sector. Proficiency in English helps in managing guest interactions and ensuring smooth operations.

Skilled Trades

Trades such as electricians, plumbers, and builders are in high demand in New Zealand, especially with the ongoing housing and infrastructure developments. Skilled tradespeople must often demonstrate their English language abilities to ensure safety and efficiency in their work environments. An IELTS score of around 5.5 to 6.5 may be required, depending on the specific trade and employer requirements.

Visa Requirements

Beyond specific job roles, the New Zealand immigration system also incorporates English language proficiency into its visa requirements. Applicants must provide evidence of their English skills through the IELTS test for many skilled migration pathways. This ensures migrants can integrate successfully into New Zealand society and contribute effectively to the workforce.

Achieving a good score on the IELTS test opens numerous job opportunities in New Zealand across various sectors. Healthcare, education, engineering, IT, hospitality, tourism, and skilled trades require proficient English speakers. Aspiring migrants should prepare thoroughly for the IELTS to enhance their chances of securing employment and meeting visa requirements, paving the way for a successful career in New Zealand.

Contact us today and start your journey towards gaining success and creating the life of your dreams.

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