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IELTS - English Test        started by scooby on 03 Apr 2008   (18432)
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From scooby

03 Apr 2008 7:47 AM
(88953)
Hi I was wondering if anybody has sat the IELTS English test to gain the full 25 points? Is this possible if you have a shortfall of 10 points on your visa application? Iknow that you can achieve 15 points if you are a UK/Irish passport holder however if you sit the IELTS english language test people can obtain 25 points. Anybody know anything about the test or have done this? Thanks...
From debbief

To scooby

03 Apr 2008 8:45 AM
(88954)
hi scooby we are in the same boat martin has to do the IELTS to get the extra points did the speaking part on friday in UCD, he said it was grand, they ask you some questions about yourself/family etc then ask you to speak for 2 minutes on a given subject (he was asked to speak about environmental changes) then he was supposed to do the written part on Saturday but came down with winter sickness bug, so lost his place, has now had to reapply (another
From Cepheidsannie

To scooby

03 Apr 2008 8:59 AM
(88955)
I took the IELTS test. I lived 2/3 of my life in the US but retained my Swiss Passport I got from my stepfather to make a point. So I had to sit the IELTS test. I had the max score on most point except for writing. I took the Academic test. I got a book, and it was weird to learn the Grammar points. It actually confused me more than anything. As I was studying I started to speak really strangely making everybody laugh. So I gave up studying and took the test. The test is not given in any testing center. They make this whole brouhaha thing about it. You have to take it from Unis or from British Embassies on specific exam days. But since we live on an Island in between Taiwan and Japan, I couldn't find any exam seats available for the next 6 months in any of the nearby countries-Japan, China, Taiwan, Philippines. SO I had to take my family (4 kids and a hubby) and fly to Adelaide which had the closest available exam date I could find (3 months away). At the testing center, they were super serious. In fact I had never seen such serious test taking before. It was presented like a big ritual. Three hrs of test taking. Lots of writing with lots of exam attendants scrutinizing us with Eagle's eyes. The oral exam was taped and the questions were about the environment which was cool.
From scooby

To debbief

03 Apr 2008 9:00 AM
(88956)
Thanks for that Debs. My partner might have to do the test but the only thing is a case officer is currently looking at his application so we are not sure if it is too late to do it as the test isnt until 3rd week in April (UCC). He had the required points but there is confusion over his occupation as he was teaching his trade for the last 2 years and worked in his trade prior to that so the agent wasnt sure if he had the required points but the application has been submitted. I got my visa last year so my other half (from Dublin aswell) is going through it all at the moment. His agent advised himto do the test as a security of an extra 10 points just in case he needs them. Agent is no longer acting for him but thats another story! Best of luck with yours! We are aiming to be on the beach for Christmas 2008 aswell...
From scooby

To Cepheidsannie

03 Apr 2008 9:03 AM
(88957)
Thanks Cepheidsannie Sounds like a nightmare but worth it if it means extra points and getting a visa.
From Cepheidsannie

To scooby

03 Apr 2008 9:09 AM
(88958)
Yeah, it's like going through hell but it's well worth it. We had a blast at the end. I'm glad I did it! Good luck with everything! Remember: A great life is worth a price!
From debbief

To Cepheidsannie

03 Apr 2008 10:04 AM
(88961)
scooby who was the agent your other half was using in Dublin (if you dont mind me asking?) why did you decided not to go with them anymore? debs
From Bastfam

To debbief

03 Apr 2008 7:51 PM
(88978)
Hi OH had to sit Ielts to gain the extra 10 points but he didn't get the needed overall 7, he got 6.5 in a couple of the topics and then 9 on the others - he was soooo stressed about it that we decided it wasn't worth putting him through it again and we applied for State sponsorship instead which we got within a matter of days of applying. I know there are other native born speakers who are sitting there 3rd exam!!! you really do have to study to get the grades.
From sandyra

To Bastfam

03 Sep 2011 9:34 PM
(111426)
hi, We are just in the process of applying for the IELTS 8 as we are short on points. When you say you applied for state sponsorship how do you do that please as it makes it look so difficult on the immi website ? Please advise Cheers Sandy