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      For people struggling to get the 79+ or 8+ in PTE or IELTS, I don't know if it is a possibility to do CAE. I have struggled with the exams myself for quite some while, I did PTE 5 times and IELTS 2 times (and almost always just missed out) before I decided to do CAE, which I passed on the first try (200+ in every part). I found the exam a lot more relaxed compared to the others.
      - listening: they play every recording twice and the topics are a lot easier than PTE
      - speaking: 15 min with another candidate and 2 examiners
      - writing: 1 essay + a choice out of a letter/a review/... and you have 1.5h to do so!
      - reading: more general topics and again 1.5h (although it also contains 'use of English' which I was quite scared of but they don't care about that score for the visa anyways)

      The exam does take a bit longer but it is a lot more relaxed because you have more time to finish each part + you get a 20 min break between parts which is quite nice!
      I wish I had tried this exam from the beginning because I could've been a lot farther in my visa process but that's just life :) I'm just happy I passed and I've got my invite to apply!

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      Quote Originally Posted by anshuman2707 View Post
      Hello Eudaemon,

      There is not fixed rule as such. If you are short on content, let the essay be limited to 3 paragraphs only. In all my essays, I only gave one supporting statement, and it worked for me! Remember, they are not judging how you back your opinion - they are judging how you can stay relevant to the topic of the essay.

      Also, the word limit is 200-300 (or 250-300) words. I was always in the middle of this range. All the best!
      Thanks for the reply anshuman2707! Would appreciate if you or anyone else has any other useful tips to score 79+ for the PTE-A writing segment to share? As this is the part which worries me the most since the grading could be quite subjective (even for machine scoring).

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      I'd like to thank @Kirstyj and @supercow for suggesting the other half try ielts after failing badly on the speaking on Pte. He got his result today on ielts and scored 9, 8, 8.5, 8.5 so thank you for your suggestion super happy he did much better on the ielts.

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      Quote Originally Posted by bell123321 View Post
      I'd like to thank @Kirstyj and @supercow for suggesting the other half try ielts after failing badly on the speaking on Pte. He got his result today on ielts and scored 9, 8, 8.5, 8.5 so thank you for your suggestion super happy he did much better on the ielts.
      Awesome! Happy for you!

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      Quote Originally Posted by bell123321 View Post
      I'd like to thank @Kirstyj and @supercow for suggesting the other half try ielts after failing badly on the speaking on Pte. He got his result today on ielts and scored 9, 8, 8.5, 8.5 so thank you for your suggestion super happy he did much better on the ielts.
      That's fantastic news, exciting times ahead x

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      Thank you all for this thread!!

      I would not have tried PTE without you.
      I 'failed' IELTS with an 8.5 average, with a sad 7.5 in writing.

      I tried the PTE academic yesterday and got my results today:
      90 average; with 90 in writing, listening and reading and 89 in speaking!

      I am so happy this is over. I strongly recommend the PTE, unless you struggle with timing and are not very fast in answering. Then the IELTS might be the better choice.

      Have a good day!

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      Quote Originally Posted by bell123321 View Post
      I'd like to thank @Kirstyj and @supercow for suggesting the other half try ielts after failing badly on the speaking on Pte. He got his result today on ielts and scored 9, 8, 8.5, 8.5 so thank you for your suggestion super happy he did much better on the ielts.
      Great!
      Happy it all worked out :)

      Quote Originally Posted by Maryah View Post
      Thank you all for this thread!!

      I would not have tried PTE without you.
      I 'failed' IELTS with an 8.5 average, with a sad 7.5 in writing.

      I tried the PTE academic yesterday and got my results today:
      90 average; with 90 in writing, listening and reading and 89 in speaking!

      I am so happy this is over. I strongly recommend the PTE, unless you struggle with timing and are not very fast in answering. Then the IELTS might be the better choice.

      Have a good day!
      Yeeew, stoked to hear and happy my initial misery could help :)
      Last edited by supercow; 04-01-2017 at 05:49 AM.

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      Hey guys,

      wondering if any you guys did any pte mock tests before hand and if so are they harder than the real test.
      I'm currently studying for my pte test and have taken two mock tests but the results haven't been great.

      First one: L59 R62 S71 W51.
      Second one: L68 R73 S82 W65.

      Some improvement on the second. Only need 65 across the board.

      Any input would be greatly appreciated

      Thanks


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      Quote Originally Posted by darraghbyrne11 View Post
      Hey guys,

      wondering if any you guys did any pte mock tests before hand and if so are they harder than the real test.
      I'm currently studying for my pte test and have taken two mock tests but the results haven't been great.



      First one: L59 R62 S71 W51.
      Second one: L68 R73 S82 W65.

      Some improvement on the second. Only need 65 across the board.

      Any input would be greatly appreciated

      Thanks


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      have you had any luck since
      143 visa lodged 4.10.15

      heading to the sunshine coast (caloundra)

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      Quote Originally Posted by kimboslice View Post
      have you had any luck since
      Got my results this morning. I can't believe it. I'm so happy. Iv got my 10 points so I can now apply for 189. Unreal 👍👍👍👍

      Have you taken yours yet?

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