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Old 09-12-2015, 06:45 PM
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Hello! I'm heidieidi and I'm from the uk. I'm looking to emigrate to Melbourne on the 189 subclass as an early years teacher. I've employed a migration agent and am at the very beginning of the skills assessment process...I've just taken my the academic IELTS test but have conflicting reports on my results. I was told by one (from the same company) that I needed
reading: 7; writing: 7; speaking 8; and listening 8 - with overall band 8. BUT! I got reading 7.5; listening 8.5; writing8 and speaking 9 with overall band I'm being told by someone else in the same company that I need to get 8 in every band to get the 20pointd, but on the AITSL(the skills assessment body) website it says I only need to either have 4 years HE study (which I do- undergrad degree in English Language of all things!! And 1 year initial teacher education) and that this would be enough or I do the ielts. Trouble is, having taken the reading test, it was harder than anything I have done on my undergrad and other Brits taking it that day also found it the same. Is this normal, and should I keep trying the ielts or is it something that is just unattainable for most people? As it stands I'm 5 points short of the 60 I need to submit an EOI which is gutting. Why do they make it so hard for highly qualified people like myself who have an undergrad degree in English?! Please help, because I don't know if I should just quit whilst I'm ahead if it's too unattainable or should I keep going and be determined to get this blasted reading test? Thanks in advance for any advice/tips/help,etc!

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Old 09-13-2015, 02:35 AM
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I've always wondered about the IELTS test for the English. We speak English naturally, but not necessarily correctly.
None English speakers learn English, and some manage to get very high results. I assisted with one, and thought at the time that I just couldn't do, even if I had too.

Regarding what the company require, if they are saying two different things, you need to ask them which one is correct. When you say 'company' do you mean employer or migration agent.

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Old 09-13-2015, 08:22 PM
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Hi JandE

Sorry, yes it mean the migration agent. Thankfully I have got an appointment with them tomorrow so I'm planning to ask them exactly what my options are, and having looked through some other threads it looks like some people have found similar probs to mine and so I'm going to suggest to the migration agent what the people on the thread have suggested which is doing the general ielts for the points test and using the academic one for the skills assessment. hopefully there will be a way around it

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