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Hi everyone!!

I've finally got my IELTS test booked for 24thg October. After buying a practice book, my fears are worse than ever!!! It appears really complicated and i'm sure I will fail it 1st go!!! As a nurse I have to sit the academic test...typical this is the harder test!!! Any tips as this could get to be really expensive????

Please help!!!!

Steph x

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Comment by Ken Fayers on October 1, 2009 at 22:07
Andy, I did my own application. The IELTS test is not part of the skills assessment (not for accountants anyway - I'm aware though that different rules apply to different professions), it's only needed for DIAC. You scan the results notice and attach it to your visa application.
Comment by Helen McFarlane on October 1, 2009 at 21:18
it looks worse than it is believe me am hoping to go to New Zealand for a year then onto OZ not sure where about in either though yet depends where i can get a job. am doing this on my own, going out with a company called geneva health who will get me a job and help me through the process, kinda scary but am looking forward to it
Helen x
Comment by Stephanie Bennett on October 1, 2009 at 8:47
Thanks Helen! I have got a practice book....looks scary though!! Hope you pass yours as it will become expensive to keep trying!! Just hate exams!!! Where abouts in Oz are you looking to go??? We are either Sydney as I have family there or Melbourne.

Steph x
Comment by AndyH78 on October 1, 2009 at 8:30
Ken, Are you doing your own visa application or doing it through an agency?
I'm attempting mine myself due to the cost of an agent.
From what I've read my IELTS test result does not have to be submitted to the assessing body with my skills assesment. I just send the results reference number with the Visa application?
Comment by Helen McFarlane on October 1, 2009 at 1:11
Hi Steph
Im a nurse too and i sat the IELTS academic exam recently and am just waiting for the results! the exam is not related at all to our profession but just work your way through the paper and you'll be fine. the listening is just listening to a cd and writing down the appropriate answers. the reading requires a bit of logic to work out the right answers among the passages. the writing is just answering two questions - focus on the 2nd one though as its worth more and watch your spelling puntuation and grammar though. And as for the speaking us nurses can do that it our sleep - you introduce yourself, answer questions about you and then talk about a topic which they give you in the exam. i hope this helps, if you've got any questions feel free to ask me.
good luck
Helen x
Comment by Stephanie Bennett on September 25, 2009 at 8:32
Yes Ken the general test does look very simple, myself and a friend (who is also sitting the academic test same day as me) first looked at the genreal test and thought 'we can do this, no problem!'. Then to find out as nurses we have to sit the academic test. We had a look at that, and thats when it all changed!!! Its ridiculously hard!!! As professionals in our field we cannot sit the general test as we have to prove our 'worthiness' to the Aussie profession!! Dreading it!!!

Comment by Ken Fayers on September 23, 2009 at 21:52

No I only needed to do the general test. That seemed quite girly to me - but then maybe that's just a male impression of it.

Comment by Stephanie Bennett on September 23, 2009 at 20:58
Hi Ken

Did you sit the academic test?? I have the IELTS practice book and to be honest, think it is very 'MALE' based as in the topics seem to be male/engineering type tests........or is it just me looking for excuses??????

Comment by Ken Fayers on September 22, 2009 at 21:58
To be precise Andy you need to score 7 or above in each of the 4 sections of the paper (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) - an average of 7 isn't good enough. But I'm an accountant and I sailed through without any practice at all so don't worry! The paper I did least well on was the written paper so if you want some advice on what to practice it would be on writing answers to those type on questions (which normally include a letter of complaint). The reading and listening papers are so easy you might be put off by thinking they are trick questions - but they're not.
Comment by AndyH78 on September 22, 2009 at 13:59
Unfortunately as an accountant it seems I also have to achieve 7 and above in the test despite being English born and bred and holding a UK passport.

Had a look at the IELTS website though, and the example tests don't look overly difficult.

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