Max too the IELTS test yesterday
Well yesterday was the day Max took the IELTS test. He's not sure how hes done but said it wasn't bad but it depends what they are looking for. Just to give an idea Part 1 was a questions and answers. He had to read papragraphs and choose answers that related to the paragraph and there were paragraphs he had to read then give true or false answers to statements. Part 2 was an essay no less than 150 words on daytime TV. He had to write what he didn't like about daytime TV and what he thought should be on in place of it. Then a 250 word or more essay on Politeness or lack of it in todays society. Brilliant subject for max and he was going to ask for more paper . Part 3 was the talking interview. He had to discuss fashion and also about a special ocaisson wearing attire. What he wore where it was from and how people reacted. Lucky we got married July, it came in handy, especially the fact he was in medieval attire. Part 1 & 2 was 10am til 1pm no break. Part 3 started at 1.45pm and was 20 mins. (He said it seemed like an hr!) You have your name on a board stating your allocated time between 1.45pm and 6pm. Luckily Max went in at 1.45pm and was home and on the scotch by 3.15pm!!
He hasn't taken anything for granted but fingers crossed being English will be a bonus! The que to sign in was really long. He was there for just after 9am and it took till 9.50 to sign in. However there were on 5 in his catagory to emigrate all the others were taking the academic test to live here. Very few English there.
As Denise has said make sure you take a drink and something to eat!! If you get first slot it's a real rush but also if you are not you may have a long wait!
Can i ask a question, why do you have to do this IELTS test? when we came over in 1992 my husband who is an Electrician had to send off and have he's skills assesed, if he had to do that test he would have failed!! We thought it was hard then ,reading these posts i think new migrants have it harder now to get out here.
Hi Im planning to take tests in jan 09, bit worried as well as bit miffed about doing it in first place! where abouts in staffs are you? I grew up in south staffs around the Lichfied area.
Hi Karen, we are in Burton on Trent. I grew up in jolly Browhills LOL. Well someone had to!! Been in Burton 9 years now.Max took the test and was also miffed but even more so when he was 1 of about 8 English the other 90 were foreign. He failed on his spelling. Passed every other catergory but you need all of them. He said he wouldn't pay to take it again as he would get the same again as he has never been much good at spelling so it won't improve overnight he's 44! Bit late now to worry. So we have changed visa's not the best move as they 475 taking ages it appears.
Originally Posted by Tiddlypush
Hi Ellie, know Brownhills very well, worked on the market for few months. I used to know Burton well also as did my nurse and midwifery training at hospital there. I was living in the nursing home when the general existed. (thats how old I am). Im worried about the spelling test also as although have a few brain cells spelling is low down on list! We have looked at state sponsered and just seems more hoops to jump through. me an your OH are the same age perhaps they missed us out when it came to the spelling brain cells lol
Don't worry too much Karen you will have to go some to beat Max! We are gutted but it's not the end of the world we will still get out there. We still have the house to sell and if it sells before we have visa's we will rent here and save at least half of what we are paying on the mortgage. Ideally we would like to go July but I think thats a bit optomistic now so it would be nice to go on xmas day next year if we can't go sooner. The paperwork a bit odd. I'm miffed that we did all the certified stuff for the 175 and now we don't need to. The questions seem a bit bizzare and contradictory. My brain cells are frazzled!!!! Glad I didn't take the test.
Originally Posted by Tiddlypush
good luck to max on his IELTS results,
got mine back the other day , got a certificate thought ye ive passed till i looked closely,scored 6.5 on the reading 8 on the others ,have now been informed i have failed by half a point GUTTED need min 7 in all, so now not sure what to do , try again or do state sponsorship, anyway good luck
Hi Dave, Max failed too! We are going for state sponsorship. Max don't want to pay to take it again. He was angry, gutted, lost for words etc. Not sure if it's the right decision but we just want to get out there. It was spelling that let him down and it's not going to improve overnight so we are just moving on to another option. It's a personal thing so good luck in which ever you decide to do.
Originally Posted by davet19650
Originally Posted by Ellie
You may you have already seen the updated list for state sponsorship but in case you haven't it is good news for brickies as they are now also included on the permanent sponsored list for SA.
At least there is not as much pressure on Pete passing his IELTS now.
Happy New Year to everyone.