The fact remains undisputed that Covid-19 with widespread lockdown has taken everyone back by surprise – seeing the restrictive change in lifestyle, standard of living etc.
However, Irrespective of the stringent guidelines imposed by almost all countries – Tech companies still continue to spread their wings and grow even MORE because of increasing demand for online trends and concepts.
Amazingly, Such online trends will continue to grow even after Post-Pandemic period as also said by Forbes –
Luckily, in a post-COVID-19 world, technology will be able to help companies and people adapt to the lasting operational, behavioral and psychological changes brought on by the pandemic.
And GUESS what – Who will be the major beneficiary?
None other than the test takers – who would know how to work on computers or even do basic typing. Here’s why :
Here’s the main benefit these test-takers will get– if they are able to get the desired band score ASAP?
Their FIRST stepping step towards fulfilling Immigration requirements will already be set and done with desired band score requirements achieved so the Visa application filing process will certainly speed up for them.
Also, Here’s some great news..
Online English tests like IELTS indicator are already being widely accepted now by colleges and educational institutes in Canada, UK or Australia – the list is increasing and our most recent Facebook post with stats from official IELTS indicator site, also testify this point ⬇️
In this post, I’m also going to show you how Online English tests are becoming increasingly popular and going to be the FUTURE in terms of bridging Immigration pathways including studying, skilled migration or settling abroad.
And yes- you are getting this well-researched information from a test-taker who is none other than me – who has given all 3 tests from 2019 onwards- PTE, Computer Delivered IELTS and Duolingo in short time span and got Proficient English Score 🙂
In other words : these Computer-delivered or online tests are going to be path breaker for the 21st century.
Now, Let’s dive now right in to know the primary reasons :
Computer Delivered Test centers have started to open now!
Reason #1: Social gathering (larger) isn’t going to be allowed sooner or later
Did we see any announcement by any of the developed nations including Australia, US, Canada, UK saying to allow large social gatherings even when lockdown has started to get eased?
The answer is clear – NO.
When most of the countries across the world announced lockdown – the first precautionary measures that came into effect were face coverings and social distancing so every measure is devoid of keeping larger group gathering at bay.
Logically – “Dis-allowance” of social gathering will come by default as evidently seen through some of recent announcements where most of the places or businesses which might bolster the widespread by way of larger gatherings have been deferred..
Henceforth, Large group gatherings will be the first thing to not be ALLOWED at any costs!
Even, Australia has allowed gatherings to gradually increase with “Phase-2 and Final Phase” out of 3 step plan recently announced. Here, I am referring to Country which has seen the growth rate of new coronavirus cases shrink MOST significantly and India is WAY ahead for increasing cases if we see COVID cases coming up on daily basis over here..
Nonetheless, Business or other social activities that invite much larger gatherings would still not be allowed – and even if allowed, several rules/regulations may apply which could certainly be discouraging for the test-takers, if I refer precisely to Paper-based IELTS remote test centers as most of test-takers travel from distant places.
Will larger gatherings disallowance affect Paper-based IELTS – remote centres?
Yes – It will and here are the major reason or hurdle, in other terms –
More regulatory norms will be there..
Also – If we see it clearly from another perspective, IDP and British Council “Co-owners of IELTS” have also started to revolutionize and enhance test-taking format taking it Online with Computer Delivered tests and have been religiously promoting such format from all spheres which is another optimistic sign..
Reason #2: Duolingo (Online) English Test popularity
One will be amazed to see the surge in trend in Duolingo search volume in just matter of last few months – which did not even see the light of day earlier from SO many years, amongst test takers planning to migrate abroad!
So, The popularity amongst test-takers is certainly increasing day by day..
Now, here are some core reasons for Duolingo getting popular..
And then, If you see the stats of colleges and educational institutes primarily in Canada or the United Kingdom, already accepting Duolingo for availing “Offer Letter” – You will see astonishing figures which have certainly skyrocketed in past 1-2 months since lockdown got imposed.
Then, Duolingo is way easier than IELTS or PTE..
The question which strikes most of the test takers specifically, when India has MAXIMUM non-native English speakers is –
“Do we have any alternative to IELTS or PTE as they are quite tough to get desired band score – usually 6+ for increasing your chances for getting admission in reputable college?”
So, Here this is – undoubtedly the real alternative which is much easier/scoring and gets completed in just less than 1 hour.
Duolingo vs. IELTS score comparison
To affirm the point of Duolingo being easier to score – See the Equivalency table below and you will see that if even if you score 100+ in duolingo , You have already got the desired band score ever since it will be equal to 6+ IELTS band score – Amazing, Isn’t it?
And then – Obviously, This will make your journey easier for securing Offer letter from renowned colleges..
Reason #3: IELTS transition to Computer-Delivered and then, to IELTS Indicator (Online) test
IELTS took everyone by surprise in 2018 when they introduced their cloud-based test – Computer-delivered IELTS (herewith referred to as “CD-IELTS”) and then, there has been no looking back – only, SURGE and SURGE in terms of technological advancements by the Co-owners.
Now, you might be wondering if there are ACTUAL tangible benefits for giving such tests on Computers? Well, there are ample benefits out of which I wish to name a few –
- Reading module – Copy & paste functionality+Easy reading viewer
- Note taking+highlighting functionality
- Writing – Word count + No handwriting worries+ Easy to edit
- Review option
- Personalized settings
- Less test-takers = Near to null noise or distractions
- Much more test dates
- Faster test results turnaround – 4-5 days
Wanting to know more in context to advantages?
Then, Came IELTS indicator amidst Covid-19 pandemic in 2020..
You might be even worried if IELTS indicator is something new “out of the box”? Whether it is distinguishable from previous IELTS?
Don’t worry! It is not different..
In fact, IELTS indicator is a revolutionary online test which has expanded further from CD-IELTS henceforth it is quite SIMILAR to CD-IELTS.
Therefore, handling the real environment is going to be easier for you if you have given Computer-delivered IELTS or have been practicing IELTS module questions online.
Only speaking will differ a bit…
Speaking is going to be only different here in IELTS indicator – which will be not person to person like seen in the usual IELTS test, although, basic strategies and methodology to be deployed are going to be same for success!
Here’s the main difference – You will be simply interacting with examiner via Zoom video conferencing.
But, there is a caveat as per the official statement on IELTS indicator site –
“The Academic test is available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19… ” so we can take it with much firm mindset that CD-IELTS will take dominance again over Paper-based IELTS owing to large gathering restrictions and others which I had shared earlier in this post..
How can it be said that CD-IELTS is still going to be the future?
Well – there are clear signs that offline test centres might not see their light of day so easily. Check them out below :
- Seeing the current pandemic situation
- Measures being taken by Indian Government to contain widespread
- No places yet being ordered to open which can invite large group gatherings
And then – CD-IELTS test centers have been constructed to accommodate around 20-50 test takers at ONE GO so this much gathering is being allowed on gradual basis!
Also, here is a CLEAR positive sign by IDP that CD-IELTS test centers have gradually started to open now – which again, affirms my point that CD-IELTS will be the FUTURE…
– Colleges shifting to online classes
– Chances of educational gap, Bad habit building building over time..
– Motivational levels going down..
I know that I have added several reasons in “Single package- Reason #4” but couldn’t refrain from doing so ever since all are linked to each other.
Let me explain HOW –
Online classes linked to cover up for Educational gaps and other benefits..
Most of the colleges are almost ready whilst, some getting ready to start their fall semesters without undue delays and then GUESS what – there is government support also coming from all sphere like Postgraduate Work Permit which is referred to as “Work after study” in layman terms announced to cover the course even taken through online learning.
Such bonafide measure would squarely help the international students who are not able to make it to destination college for studying owing to border restrictions which can be either ways – origin or destination as their semesters would still remain in continuity through online learning.
Educational gap can be created..
The reason for major surge and interest in Online English tests is also to overcome the inevitable Education gap..
In case, you are not aware about the adverse consequences what education gap will bring – Read on :
Did you know that colleges and universities check for education gap aspect when reviewing application of student? And if they find that the gap is not justified with clear documentary evidences – this would cause impediment for your offer letter grant!
Educational gap going beyond one year or beyond, can certainly cause obstacles from very beginning so why to even let it happen for a chance? Why would you want your application to become :
for the sake of justifying educational gaps, then?
Infact, Adding SO much details would also not help the college application reviewer and might have his focus diverted from other important points which would actually add credibility to your profile, making it MUCH easier for the college application reviewer to grant you Offer letter…
Chance of developing Bad habit – Procrastination
I would not go much into nitty-gritty here..
Firstly, Let’s know the meaning of Procrastination-
Always remember – Time never stops and will never come back. In the last, we are only left with REGRETS!
I am sure that by watching the video above – you will be able to relate it pretty well with your Career advancements as to how much delaying or procrastination would hurt in the longer run.
With Procrastination – Motivational levels will crash..
Yes – You will require to stay motivated for giving IELTS indicator or Duolingo even when all of the test centres are shut, although Computer delivered test centres have started to gradually open now or
Motivational levels will go crashing with you being victimized by procrastination or even further – regrets ):
Still not motivated during these uncertain times?
Get to read this article which would strengthen you mentally (for sure)
In the light of legit reasons given above supported with facts – there is no deniable truth that Online English tests are the FUTURE (Adding quick summary below to corroborate)
Are you still not convinced that Online English tests will be the future? – ever since Paper based IELTS has been much more comfortable and ALWAYS popular amongst test takers – Let me know in the comments below WHY you still feel IELTS won’t leave it’s roots 🙂
It is easy to get swayed by all the negative vibes the coronavirus pandemic has caused in our everyday lives – as a result, we forget how in times of crisis there presents an opportunity for human kindness to reveal itself..
“Remember – We are all in the same storm, but we are not on the same boat.“
It is now or never and such uncertain times haven’t come for the first time and economies have been able to recoup back even stronger in the past also as said by as also said by Thelin – A university research professor at the University of Kentucky