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IELTS This Sat?

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Hi

 

I have just looked at the CPAA website and have discovered I need to sit the academic IELTS. I have contacted my local centre and they can fit me in on Saturday or I can wait until the 12 Feb. I have some practice materials (thanks Louey) and it looks fairly straight forward.

 

Should I go for it on Saturday or hold off a few weeks and sit the test in Feb?

 

As we are looking to SS I'm thinking the earlier the better as I will need my skills assessment before we can apply to SA and I worry about all the places for my profession going before I can get everything assessed lol.


Looking to move on 175 visa. Me, DH, DS (9) and DS (2)

IELTS sat 12/2/11 - scored 8.5, Skills assessment 1/4/11, 175 application lodged 6/4/11. CO 21/11/11 Team 4. PCC uploaded 8/12/11, Meds finalised 24/12/11. Visa granted 5/1/12 :jiggy:

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I would also think earlier the better but remember that IELTS needs a lot of practice. If you think you are ready go for it but if you need some time, give yourself that time or else you will not achieve the desied results and will have to sit again.


IELTs/5Sep9/L8.5 R7.5 W7.5 S8 OA8VetApp23Nov09 +ive5Mar10CV VeriACT8Mar10Rec-16Apr10AppACTSS-dox sent27Apr10ApprvlRecd22Jun10App.176-SMP 22Apr10CO-22Nov10PCC/Meds-Dec2010 Visa Granted-4Feb2011

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Thanks - I've thought about it and think I'm better off waiting a few weeks. If all the places for SS are gone by then I feel it is not meant to be just now. I've looked at the general test but not the academic and with a baby to take care of don't think I could give it the attention it deserves in the short space of time before Saturday.

 

So 12th Feb it is


Looking to move on 175 visa. Me, DH, DS (9) and DS (2)

IELTS sat 12/2/11 - scored 8.5, Skills assessment 1/4/11, 175 application lodged 6/4/11. CO 21/11/11 Team 4. PCC uploaded 8/12/11, Meds finalised 24/12/11. Visa granted 5/1/12 :jiggy:

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Thanks - I've thought about it and think I'm better off waiting a few weeks. If all the places for SS are gone by then I feel it is not meant to be just now. I've looked at the general test but not the academic and with a baby to take care of don't think I could give it the attention it deserves in the short space of time before Saturday.

 

So 12th Feb it is

 

I can imagine how hard it must be with a baby. Good luck and pray all goes well.


IELTs/5Sep9/L8.5 R7.5 W7.5 S8 OA8VetApp23Nov09 +ive5Mar10CV VeriACT8Mar10Rec-16Apr10AppACTSS-dox sent27Apr10ApprvlRecd22Jun10App.176-SMP 22Apr10CO-22Nov10PCC/Meds-Dec2010 Visa Granted-4Feb2011

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Have you got the official practice materials? (I think that my copy has been doing a tour of PiO.)

 

If so, you could blitz through the test papers and see how well you're doing. If you marks are good (i.e. 85 - 90% or up) then it might be worth heading down to the test on Saturday.

 

I found the Listening part of the test pretty straightforward, and you can't really practice the Speaking and Writing papers that well either. It's normally the Reading section that gets people, or Writing.

 

I reckon that the Academic Reading paper is easier than the General, because the language is more precise. Some of the logic in the General Reading section is rather poor.

 

For example, one of the practice papers had a piece of text along the lines of "Southern countries are not specialists at winter sports and tend to do badly in international competitions." The reader is then asked, "Are Northern countries winter sports specialists?" The correct answer is true, but I reckon it should be not stated.

 

Undergraduates would be thrown out of a first year philosophy exam for that sort of error!

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Have you got the official practice materials? (I think that my copy has been doing a tour of PiO.)

 

If so, you could blitz through the test papers and see how well you're doing. If you marks are good (i.e. 85 - 90% or up) then it might be worth heading down to the test on Saturday.

 

I found the Listening part of the test pretty straightforward, and you can't really practice the Speaking and Writing papers that well either. It's normally the Reading section that gets people, or Writing.

 

I reckon that the Academic Reading paper is easier than the General, because the language is more precise. Some of the logic in the General Reading section is rather poor.

 

For example, one of the practice papers had a piece of text along the lines of "Southern countries are not specialists at winter sports and tend to do badly in international competitions." The reader is then asked, "Are Northern countries winter sports specialists?" The correct answer is true, but I reckon it should be not stated.

 

Undergraduates would be thrown out of a first year philosophy exam for that sort of error!

 

Hi ya Graeme,

Yes indeed your copy is making its way round PIO. Not sure where they are now, it does seem such a long time ago now since I was dreading sitting that dreaded test. Thanks for all your help...

Advice to others sitting the test, PRACTICE,PRACTICE,PRACTICE please. xx


Helen (Business Owner/Nurse) Neil, Connor 10,Natasha 8. Visa granted 15/03/2011, moved and settled Gold Coast, QLD 05/04/2011. Living the dream- Lady Helen of Helensvale:laugh:

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Hi,

I'm sitting the IELTS academic on 12th Feb in Glasgow and I am not looking forward to it. Can you tell me how I can get a hold of the floating practice papers please. Regarding the listening part, can you take notes and then give your answer?

Thanks,

Gillian

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Hi Lexylou,

When I did the Ielts, for the listening part you are listening to the cd and have the answer sheet in front of you, you have to fill in the blanks whilst listening to the audio, so no to your question. Hope this helps,

 

Sharon


Visa Grant 18/03/11:biglaugh:

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I had to get the paperwork off today if I wanted to sit it on Sat so am booking for 12th Feb instead.


Looking to move on 175 visa. Me, DH, DS (9) and DS (2)

IELTS sat 12/2/11 - scored 8.5, Skills assessment 1/4/11, 175 application lodged 6/4/11. CO 21/11/11 Team 4. PCC uploaded 8/12/11, Meds finalised 24/12/11. Visa granted 5/1/12 :jiggy:

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Will be keeping my fingers crossed for you in February. Where in Oz are you planning to go? Hope my IELTS stuff starts a tour of PIO lol!!!

 

 

I had to get the paperwork off today if I wanted to sit it on Sat so am booking for 12th Feb instead.

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Thank you. We are looking at South Australia. I will send the practice materials on when I'm finished so hopefully it can do a good tour like the other set!


Looking to move on 175 visa. Me, DH, DS (9) and DS (2)

IELTS sat 12/2/11 - scored 8.5, Skills assessment 1/4/11, 175 application lodged 6/4/11. CO 21/11/11 Team 4. PCC uploaded 8/12/11, Meds finalised 24/12/11. Visa granted 5/1/12 :jiggy:

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Have you got the official practice materials? (I think that my copy has been doing a tour of PiO.)

 

If so, you could blitz through the test papers and see how well you're doing. If you marks are good (i.e. 85 - 90% or up) then it might be worth heading down to the test on Saturday.

 

I found the Listening part of the test pretty straightforward, and you can't really practice the Speaking and Writing papers that well either. It's normally the Reading section that gets people, or Writing.

 

I reckon that the Academic Reading paper is easier than the General, because the language is more precise. Some of the logic in the General Reading section is rather poor.

 

For example, one of the practice papers had a piece of text along the lines of "Southern countries are not specialists at winter sports and tend to do badly in international competitions." The reader is then asked, "Are Northern countries winter sports specialists?" The correct answer is true, but I reckon it should be not stated.

 

Undergraduates would be thrown out of a first year philosophy exam for that sort of error!

 

I wouldn't mind a copy if the practice papers if that's ok!

 

 

Hoping for a move to oz in the coming year or two.......hoping not three!

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Hi,

We are hoping to go to Perth as soon as although I don't know how long it will take to pass IELTS. Getting a little frustrated as it took 14 weeks for my skills assessment then to find out I had to sit IELTS!!!!

Its all part of the journey:biggrin:

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I have no idea where "my" set of the IELTS practice materials ended up. After Helen finished with them she sent them onto someone else, so I can't offer them again. Sorry.

 

All IELTS centres will sell them, for around £13 or £14, so they are readily available.

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