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  1. I've typo-d that but my iPad is fond of correcting me, it should have said that I do think it's well written in terms of word choice and grammar. I didn't use as fancy words in mine although I was descriptive enough as far as I see it and I did answer the question. We shall see. There certainly isn't enough guidance as to the expectation of any of these tests. If I want a pupil to get an A in their exam, and they want one too, then I can show them all the steps to get there and how marks are achieved. IELTS and what I found on PTE is all very cloak and dagger. Their marking scheme for the writing is just a selection of broad statements that are objective and don't tell you what picks up credit. Unless you pay to do their practice tests for both organisations, your preparedness comes down to how well judged your guesswork has been. Maybe a little bit of natural ability as well. Certainly at £180 a go it's good business. It's a money spinner.
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    190 visa state change from SA to NSW

    I think it’ll go that way but at the moment from what I read across many forums the 190 is more or less a license to do what you like and still have permanent residency and citizenship a few years later.
  3. In respect to that band 7.5 example in the link, whilst it isn't very well written in terms of the word choice and grammar, I think it should only a band 7.5 because their agreement of the point isn't clear enough. They say that they agree in the first paragraph and it's not referred to again. It is more descriptive of the various viewpoints rather than the adopted stance of the argument. That's a secondary school teachers opinion as well as a test taker!
  4. I did the paper based IELTS last week and didn't find any of it too challenging. We shall see when I get my score next week. If I don't get a band 8 in everything I will be amazed.
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    Secondary School Teacher Points Limit

    Indeed. It does appear that Australia are more actively trying to stop immigration rather than promote it.
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    Secondary School Teacher Points Limit

    Funny reading this months down the line - 190 now requires a year worked in NSW so for teachers who are off shore it’s 491 only with 5 years experience. Funny how things change so much in next to no time at all!
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    BSMQ Commitment statement

    I wouldn’t mind a butchers at what a commitment statement is like either
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    Expression of Interest

    I’m not using an agent. I met someone yesterday who’s agent had told them a complete pile of rubbish. I did take a lot of time researching and finding out details but I worked it out and have hopefully saved myself a couple of grand.
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    Expression of Interest

    189 becoming inaccessible to most. I have a feeling that all routes to immediate permanent residency will soon be a thing of the past. Get in quick! Unless you can get employer sponsorship the reality is a 190 or 491 is the only option.
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    Expression of Interest

    No, I had to wait ages to do the IELTS which I did this morning so when I have the result in for that I’ll stick a 189 in although I doubt at 85 points I’ll get anywhere, and a 190 for VIC I think we have 90 / 95 on that.
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    Expression of Interest

    No haven’t yet. It’s a minefield. Three days it took me to work out all the possible permutations of visas.
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    Expression of Interest

    Pretty much spot on. Has to be on the 491 in order to get it, the SOLs for any other visa are irrelevant. I found that out when I was looking at every state - whilst it’s on every other state migration list, amazingly, secondary or primary teacher isn’t on for WA state sponsored
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    Visa qualifications

    FYI for special needs teacher her qualification must be specific in special needs. The AITSL won’t accept experience in a sector as qualification it has to be a specific programme in special education.
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    Primary Teacher Advice Needed

    No the requirements certainly don’t seem to line up. The requirement is 45 days experience in early years or indeed anything. It’s 45 days for secondary as well. Both having PGDEs we both did 90 days teaching practice. For me it was all secondary, for the primary my wife did 45 days between a nursery and lower school (age 3-7) and 45 days in the upper primary school (age 8-11). But to the AITSL that’s an irrelevance.
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    Primary Teacher Advice Needed

    My Mrs is qualified to teach primary which is age 3 - 11 - what the Aussie’s term early years and primary. She had Primary 2 last year (age 6) and has Primary 1 (age 4-5) this year but the qualification must be in Early Years and as such as degree plus PGDE is no use. Whilst she is qualified the Aussies disagree.