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IELTS v.s Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) | My personal findings

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    I used the mock tests and the study resources from PTE. Had a look at the scoring criteria a few weeks before, and posts liked this, but did just a few nights of revision before the test. Got 90 overall! Didn't manage to complete both tests as I fell asleep and my laptop didn't pick up the sound very well, but it gave a really good run through of everything so was money well spent.

     

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    Travelled to Australia Holiday and WHV. Quit job to retrain at Uni as a Podiatrist 25/09/2013.

    On my journey to applying for 189 in 2016 (if they've not changed again by then lol)

    If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it!

     

     

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    8 hours ago, JH_2017 said:

    Hi Supercow,

    2 years later and I find your post very helpful. However, I am still undecided which one to go for, as I think I have skills in both. So, may I ask how long you took to prepare for your PTE test? I need to be realistic on time frame , but am a bit limited with test dates around, so in the end which one I goes for might be determined by which date works best for me.

    Also, the basic book you bought  [I think I saw somewhere in the threads - would you say that is enough for a quick turn around time? I am wondering whether the marked mock tests packages is worth it...

    Anyway, I guess you are so relieved it is over.....and not writing this post!

     

    Thanks!

    Hey JH, it sure is a relief being on this side of the fence!

    2 years ... wow, it feels like a different person wrote that, and in many respects that is the case!

    I've never been the most thorough student, and it also applied to my PTE preparation, it's a character flaw of mine :P I "knew" my English ability is excellent, therefore I didn't feel the need to do any studying in the strictest sense of the word. I read through the question types' explanation and  did the mock tests twice, just so that I understand the question format and what I could expect to happen in the exam. I also re familiarised myself with the general "template" I'd use for the long form essay (Introduction / supporting and secondary point / elaboration / wind down / outtro & conclusion).

     

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    12 hours ago, supercow said:

    Hey JH, it sure is a relief being on this side of the fence!

    2 years ... wow, it feels like a different person wrote that, and in many respects that is the case!

    I've never been the most thorough student, and it also applied to my PTE preparation, it's a character flaw of mine :P I "knew" my English ability is excellent, therefore I didn't feel the need to do any studying in the strictest sense of the word. I read through the question types' explanation and  did the mock tests twice, just so that I understand the question format and what I could expect to happen in the exam. I also re familiarised myself with the general "template" I'd use for the long form essay (Introduction / supporting and secondary point / elaboration / wind down / outtro & conclusion).

     

    Thanks Supercow.

    Would you say it was all worth it and are you now happily living in Oz?!

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    I recognize IELTS as an investment just like any other language tests. The moment I decided to take the exam, it was clear to me that it is a form of investment. It requires at least PHP8, 900 fee to take it. As part of my career-building and vision for 2015-2020, I’ve decided to pursue a graduate study abroad or even work if opportunity arises. Unquestionably, IELTS is a general requirement so I find it very essential.

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    On 04/08/2017 at 20:38, JH_2017 said:

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    Thanks Supercow.

    Would you say it was all worth it and are you now happily living in Oz?!

    Absolutely love it - it was the right decision for me :) 

    Did a little video for my folks ... already over a year ago! It's not for everyone, but it suits me to the bone

     

     

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    @supercow

    I have always been on the lookout for such a person till now, who got 9 bands in speaking, and today I found that. :-)

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