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  1. Guest

    IELTS GSM Points post July 1

    Hi just taking a shot in the dark. Need five more points to be sure cross 65. I got 8, 7.5.7,7 and overall 7.5. Can this score give me 15 points on better english levels. The requirement on new points system is 20 points for a score of 8 in each and 10 points for score of 7 in each. Does anyone know if this exists or is on the discretion of the case officer. Or is it a straight NO. Thanks,
  2. flissbob

    Awaiting IELTS results! EEK!

    Hello there! Anyone else awaiting the results from the dreaded IELTs test? I sat the academic one on the 20/10, really nervous as need 8's to get the required visa points! Which seems to be an impossible task! Nervous.com! :arghh:
  3. otsmith1

    175 before IELTS known??

    Hi, I wonder whether somebody could help me with this question please? I was previously told I could apply for a 175 before I got my IELTS but now my agent tells me I need my IELTS 'in the bag' before I go ahead and lodge an official 175 application. I have my positive skills assessment already and have taken my first IELTS exam last week (22nd Oct). The issue is I need all 8's and may not get it first time. From chatting to others and also reading on here, I think it may take me several attempts, although I'm confident I will get it in the end. My big question is, is my application really on hold whilst I achieve this, or (as I'm sure I've read from other people's experience), can I apply for the 175 now and just make sure I have my IELTS in place by the time they finish processing it? It makes a big difference to me as I'm looking to get moving as soon as possible so any advice you can give me will be gratefully received :-)
  4. Me again!! Thanks to all who help with the notary issue I had yesterday, have found another one and he is cheaper!!! Result. Can anyone tell me when the NMC and British consulate (in my case) send my certificate of registration status and evidence of completion of IELTS coruse to APHRA?? When I send my application in, after they have received it?? I just dont know.
  5. Guest

    Diac v ielts

    Well here goes. My wife received her Ielts results on saturday and was given an overall band 8, which did not reach the Diac requirements because she did not get 8's in each section. What do you think Diac are trying to achieve with this new points system ? Surley if you achieve an overall score of eight then this should suffice. It seems to me that there are more people not achieving the score than are if the PIO forum is anything to go by. Do you think the numbers if potential migrants may drop ? Do you think they may change the criteria in the near future to perhaps 10 for a 7 or overall 15 for an 8 overall and 20 for a 9.? Who knows especially with Diac. I feel especially sorry for Trades people who when in their 40's probably need to get the additonal 20 points and lets be honest if youv'e been working as a bricklayer, joiner or spark you really have had no real need for anything acedemic in your working life so this makes it especially hard. Incedently my other half is a socialworker and writed reports for a living. Rant over!! Colin
  6. Guest

    176 with < 7.0 IELTS

    Hi Gang, Long time no speak! Been enjoyin the sunshiiiine too much I've recently received State Sponsorship for SA - wohoo! So need to apply for my 176 within 1 month. So, at present, i don't have the correct amount of points for a 176 - I'm 5 short. So, in order to obtain that extra 5, i have to sit an IELTS exam - which i did on Saturday past. However, i made a slight balls of my essay and I'm not sure if I'll score 7 or above.. My question is this - As i need to apply pretty soon, could I submit my application with < 7 score - then resit the test at the next available sitting? Just to get the application in on time... Would they request a new IELTS, or reject it immediately ? So sickened that they changed things back in July - previously I wouldn't have needed the test! Thanks dudes Davo
  7. Got my IELTS tomorrow. Can't say that I am, in any way what so ever excited about the prospect. Any last minute advice would be greatly appreciated.
  8. newlifeincoming

    daft question about IELTS

    I'm doing the general module on Saturday and am just doing a bit of preparation and have a really daft question. On the writing task for the letter, it says: 'Begin your letter as follows: Dear ......... ,' Does that mean that I should literally write 'Dear ....... ' or do I make up a name to put in the gap? I told you it was a daft question but I don't want to lose points for a simple error.
  9. ToothPixie

    IELTs Test

    When you do the listening test is the text you hear done over a speaker to the whole room or is it directed to each individual over a headset? Anyone doing their test in Manchester this coming Saturday? Cheers all.
  10. Hi I will be the spouse on the visa. Will it benefit me when I'm job hunting in oz with the IELTS cert? Or is it just benefit on the visa app? Cheers Don
  11. srg73

    IELTS books

    Hi, I am after the formal IELTS test papers and books please. I am a native english speaker however would like some reasurance by sitting the test papers and reading up on tips on how to pass with flying colours. Does seem to be alot of fakes on e-bay and not realy wanting to pay £30+ for new copies when somebody on the site may have copies available for purchase 2nd hand. Obviously the newer the better please although not too concerned about dog eared pages. Many thanks Simon
  12. rossco1974

    ielts for a smelly bricklayer

    hi my name is ross im an english bricklayer i am booked in to do the general ielts test on the 22nd of october can any one shed some light on how hard or easy the general test is i need to get 7 in all the sections seems strange really with a surname smith that i have to do an english test haha
  13. Guest

    IELTS 24 September

    Hi, is anybody there taking their IELTS test next Saturday? It's my second attempt and can't say I am looking forward to it...
  14. dani5

    IELTS personal experience

    Just wanted to share my personal experience with the IELTS and hope it might help in some sort of way! After coming on this site, i must admit i was worried about the test after hearing about other people's bad experiences.. Luckily i have passed with the results i needed but did find the IELTS test to be quite stressful (in particular the long day with no break in between listening, reading and writing and then the long wait to find out the results) BUT having said that i really do feel for anyone who does not get the results they need because i don't think anyone can predict how they've done and to go through all that and find out you weren't successful must be horrible!! but here are some personal tips: Listening quickly glance through the text in the allocated time to give you an idea of what sort of answers you will need to fill the gaps. Remember you have the answer sheet to transfer your answers to at the end of the test so if you hear more than one possible answer, jot it down anyway and then you can make the decision afterwards as to which one you want to put down. I found that each section of the listening test became faster as it went on so be prepared for that as it can be a bit of a shock as you find you're writing things down quicker too. Be careful because some of the questions, you can write up to TWO WORDS and i know one of our sections related to student university accommodation - on the tape the person said A LAMP or A DISHWASHER and that is what i wrote down... i managed to get a 9 on my listening. When i spoke to some people afterwards some of them had only put DISHWASHER or LAMP and got lower scores.. not sure if this is the reason but it's worth bearing in mind.. Reading This can be a bit tricky as there is lots of text to read on different subjects. Something that worked for me was scanning through one bit of text at a time and then trying to answer the set of questions for that particular text.. Again, something that can trick you is the TRUE, FALSE or NOT GIVEN statements... the not given part can cause some confusion.. all it comes down to is whether the text mentions it or not.. The paragraph headings can also be a problem and this is the part i found the most difficult and i think it's because you know you are pushed for time. Again, just think about it really simply and not as a trick. Match the ones you know first and then determine the others with the information you have.. Writing The first thing i had to do was look at a factory production process (displayed in pictures) and i had to look at the pictures and write it out into a process. They allocate you 20 minutes for this and there were 16 pictures so alot to write in 20 minutes. However, definitely manageable as long as you don't dwell on each picture too much. By the look of things, they tend to do something visual for the first part of the writing test (diagrams, maps etc) The next bit is worth the most points and you have 40minutes to write it so make sure you spend the most time and effort on this bit.. Generally, it is going to be about a subject that aids discussion and requires you to use your own opinion. Mine was about whether i thought secondary school pupils should learn a range of subjects or only a narrow range of subjects leading to a particular career. I then had to say why i thought it and give a personal experience to support it. With questions like this, it is good to choose which one you favour, but still mention the other option. E.g. i thought secondary pupils should learn a range of range of subjects so i gave a number of reasons why i thought this then said however, i can understand why a narrow range of subjects could be beneficial and then give an advantage. Then go back to your chosen answer and give it more weight by talking about it positively. Use words such as yet, on the other hand, conversely... It is always good to give a disadvantage of your chosen answer too as it shows you are thinking about it in a different light and considering all options... Then use your personal experience to back up your opinion. Speaking This was the part i was most worried about as i was nervous about being recorded and having to talk to an interviewer. However, it was not way near as bad as i expected and the more i got talking, the more relaxed i became. I thought i was going to have to think of lots to say to fill up my time but the interviewer kept throwing in lots of questions so there was never a quiet moment. Be prepared for the interviewer to ask you questions on what you have just said to him. He asked me about weather in this country and i walked myself right into a question about global warming because i mentioned it (big mistake) this is probably why i got an 8.5 rather than a 9 like my other sections, not that i'm complaining! so make sure whatever you say, you're happy to elaborate on it :-) Some of the questions are very random (e.g. do i think children should learn to swim at an early age?, was i encourage to be creative at an early age?, why do i think children should be encouraged to be creative?, discussion about neighbours etc) Having said that, it is amazing what you come up with on the spot and i found myself talking about things i would never have imagined. Most of all, do the practice test because they just give you that idea of what to expect if nothing else. and good luck!!!
  15. Guest

    The IELTS Test

    I thought i'd do a post on the IELTS test. I took it as I was on the border between the old and new points system. I clocked in eventually under the old system due to my skills processing occurring much quicker than i anticipated. I took the IELTS whilst on my 457 in Adelaide. I scored 9 on speaking 8.5 reading 8.5 listening and 7 on writing (only just got through). I was quite casual in my preparation and had worked a 12 hour day then drove 150km to adelaide the morning of the test for an 8am start. Not the best prep but i got the scores i would have needed - it was on the general training. I have a levels and a degree and have gcses in russian and german. I found the speaking easy (i should as english is my first language), however a few words of caution to those taking it for the other elements. Listening: unlike those who have taken gcse language exams you do not get to hear the recording a second time. Therefore concentrate hard, read through and highlight the text so you are familiar with what they are going to say. Its the exam format that nearly caught me out on the first page, which is where i made a couple of boo boos. Reading: I was surrounded by many whose mother tongue was not English - Nepal citizens, Indians, Chinese people and I thought wow if they get band 7 plus because the text was fairly complex. It was about Porcelain - and some housing rental adverts. You have more time than the listening so can really think about it a bit more. Writing: despite having English qualifications due to years of informal typing on faceache, msn etc my SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammer) has become less than satisfactory (an English teacher or anyone could pull this post to shreds lol) - I scraped a 7 as was exhausted plus last part of the exam. It would be very easy to be slack with writing as I was and nearly get under a 7. For those requiring an 8 really brush up on the SPAG - maybe get an idiots guide to English to get it all together. I had to write a letter to someone - bullet points were clearly outlined. Drawing up a quick plan always help. There is plenty of time and keep concise and to the word limit. For people going the 175/176 way (the 457 does not require this, but in my opinion should) and are doing the hard yards to get the points then its worth doing the homework. Hope this helps at least 1 person :rolleyes:
  16. klm081

    Finally passed IELTS!

    Hi everyone just wanted to share the joy around! Needed all 8.0 or higher for the extra points for the academic test and got my results today! PHEW! Had already missed out once (got a 7.0 for one of them) so wanted to say thanks for all the tips and advice sent my way! Now onto the next obstacle!:biggrin:
  17. Hello, I would like to know exactly how many IELTS score need for the Secondary applicants under 176 visa? Someone said need to get 4.5 for each module and others are telling all 4 modules average band score need 4.5. Which once is the correct one.(This is for old point system) Please reply ASAP. Thanks. Kathy :swoon:
  18. WeegieDave

    IELTS kerfuffle

    Well I sat my IELTS exam in Glasgow on the 2nd April and was so sure I was going to fail due to me writing only about 185 words in task 2 of the Writing test. As a result of not having much time on my side to get everything in place before 1st July I booked another test down in London for Saturday 16th April (2 days ago). I got in my car and drove the 7 hours drive from Glasgow to London, got lost a few times due to the M1 being closed between Junctions 1 and 4 and eventually found my way in to London, sat the IELTS test at the Acton campus of WLC, sampled the delights of the tourist mecca that is Acton and Ealing during my gap between the written test and speaking test. Went back to WLC, sat the speaking test. Drove 400 Miles back home again. Got through the door and there was the results letter from my IELTS exam I had sat in Glasgow 2 weeks previously. I opened the letter, checked my results and they were as followed: L8, W7.5, R9, S8. I had just driven a round trip of over 1400 miles taking a total of around 14 hours only for me to have passed IELTS the first time around. LOL. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I wouldn't have forgiven myself though if I my initial fears of failing had became reality therefore jeapordising my chances of immigration. If you want something that bad then you have got to do what you have got to do!! :biggrin: Over and out! David
  19. tennis16

    IELTS score

    Dear All, kindly advice what's the criteria for IELTS score? does it need a score of 7 in each band for engineers Australia or state sponsor? thanks
  20. Guest

    IELTS for Secondary Applicants

    How many marks need for Secondary applicants for Each band? ketthy
  21. Guest

    IELTS for Secondary Applicants

    Hi, Australia Migration- Under 176 I lodged my visa application under 176 and processing is now going on under previous migration rules. So how many IELTS marks need for Secondary applicants? Someone said each band needs to get 4.5 or Overall average marks 4.5? Please clarify. Thanks. Donald. :biglaugh:
  22. Guest

    Ielts

    Do we need to do an ielts?? On first research I dint think we did we were born in the uk and have British passports, we did a points test and were automatically given 20 for the above. Going onto immi and looking at the points it says 20 points for passing the ielts with an 8........
  23. Question is: Where can you find the batch number on the jars? The paragraph reads, The batches of the jars involved have numbers from J6617 to J6624. The batch number is printed on the bottom of each jar. My answer is (no more than three words): Bottom of Jar BUT, the answer sheet states the correct answer is: (on) the bottom So....since the answer sheet is scanned by a computer that only scans for words - and not by an actual human being that can actually see that you understand English- will it pick up the word, "jar" and mark it wrong??
  24. Georgiajoe

    IELTS results

    Yippee, just got my results . L 7.5, R 8.0, W 7.5, S 9.0 Do I call an agent now or try to do it alone. O few wines tonight in order to celebrate!!
  25. Hi guys, I have the Cambridge Ielts 8 book (no CD with it though, unfortunately) and a whole stack of notes on the Ielts exam that I no longer require as i've taken the test. If anybody who is living in the London area (south) would care to have them, they are yours to collect for freesies..'else, they will be going to paper heaven (the recycling tub at work)... Drop me a pm if you'd like them :biggrin:
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