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    Got my test on Saturday just doing some practice tests now (nowt like leaving it til the last minute) - I am degree educated and blimey the reading is bloomin' hard, bum tweaking a bit now and I'm yet to look at practice tests for writing, listening and speaking :shocked:

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    Got my test on Saturday just doing some practice tests now (nowt like leaving it til the last minute) - I am degree educated and blimey the reading is bloomin' hard, bum tweaking a bit now and I'm yet to look at practice tests for writing, listening and speaking :shocked:

     

    I never had to do one and im glad as i keep hearing how hard it is.

    Its lucky aswell as im just uneducated so would still be trying now.

     

    Good luck.

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    Guest guest8040

    Thanks - am going to need all the luck I can get!

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    Thanks - am going to need all the luck I can get!

     

    Good luck, deep breaths and don't go to loo between every section like I did!

    Cheers

    Gill

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    Guest helene73

    Relax it will be fine I am a total thicky so much so I have been practising like mad and being getting high 70's and even over 80 % :) in the academic test, I thought I was doing the general one which I am taking lol

    Just practise like mad and you will be fine I am now feeling very relaxed about it.

    Good luck :)

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    glad i didnt have to do this i think i have good grasp of the english language having lived there for 30 odd years, but looking at some of the posts you guys put up on here i reckon i would'nt pass it.

     

    Good luck everyone, got my fingers crossed for ya.

     

    HG

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    Guest kenco

    hi does anyone actually know if nurses educated in england have to sit this test as i am in the process of registering with ahpra and on the old form it asked for the results of your tests but in the self same token it states anyone with a secondary education in the uk does not have to sit it ????????any nurses out there know the answer as i have mailed ahpra a while ago and they said i had to took the OET test i rekon ive failed on the reading about to take the IELTS test but on info from another nurse said i didnt ??? any help will do this is a nightmare

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    Helene what are the best sites with practice papers? Tried downloading an app but was taking over 5 hours.....probably bit late to do it now! And sorry kenco no idea but am sure someone will know the answer x

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    Guest helene73
    hi does anyone actually know if nurses educated in england have to sit this test as i am in the process of registering with ahpra and on the old form it asked for the results of your tests but in the self same token it states anyone with a secondary education in the uk does not have to sit it ????????any nurses out there know the answer as i have mailed ahpra a while ago and they said i had to took the OET test i rekon ive failed on the reading about to take the IELTS test but on info from another nurse said i didnt ??? any help will do this is a nightmare

     

    I am sure I have read on here or pio that nurses no longer have to take it :)

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    Helene what are the best sites with practice papers? Tried downloading an app but was taking over 5 hours.....probably bit late to do it now! And sorry kenco no idea but am sure someone will know the answer x

     

    I am using books from waterstones mainly, the Cambridge one and can't remember the other, they have a answer key in them and give lots of tips which a thicko like me finds great :) I need to know why my answer is wrong and it has really help no end especially with the true,false and answer not given bits.

    I think I spent over £40 on the 2 books but they have been worth every penny!

    Try and get the listening IELTS apps too I just downloaded any IELTS app I could find. The Cambridge one is a big app so make sure your connected to wifi and that you have done your phone updates too.

    Best of luck

    Helene :)

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    hi does anyone actually know if nurses educated in england have to sit this test as i am in the process of registering with ahpra and on the old form it asked for the results of your tests but in the self same token it states anyone with a secondary education in the uk does not have to sit it ????????any nurses out there know the answer as i have mailed ahpra a while ago and they said i had to took the OET test i rekon ive failed on the reading about to take the IELTS test but on info from another nurse said i didnt ??? any help will do this is a nightmare

     

     

     

    I'm afraid to tell you that even AHPRA don't know whether you need to do it or not...my agent's CEO called the top manager of AHPRA about 2 weeks ago to find out, and nobody knew definatively one way or the other!!! So...my advice to you is to do it anyway. Practice practice practice and you'll be fine. :jiggy:

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    Guest kenco

    hi to all the nurses that think they have to sit the dredded oet or Ielts test go on the ahpra web site you no longer need to take ie IF your secondary education was in the uk and in english !!!!!!!!! save your money

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    Guest guest8040

    Oooo rather chuffed, realised I have been looking at the academic test papers so feeling a little more confident :)

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    Guest Viksta

    There is also a link to some practise ielts on IAN Harrops website, he is an immigration agent but you dont need to be using him to use the link its just on his home page - you will be fine, especially if you are just doing the normal one, just read the questions carefully, they try to trick you!! I'm not sure how people with english as a additional language cope!!

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    hi does anyone actually know if nurses educated in england have to sit this test as i am in the process of registering with ahpra and on the old form it asked for the results of your tests but in the self same token it states anyone with a secondary education in the uk does not have to sit it ????????any nurses out there know the answer as i have mailed ahpra a while ago and they said i had to took the OET test i rekon ive failed on the reading about to take the IELTS test but on info from another nurse said i didnt ??? any help will do this is a nightmare

     

    hi there, i have been trying for a while to get an answear to this as i have been going through an agent which has cost us quite a bit of money. they told me i had to sit the ielts which i have and got 8,9,9, and 6.5 for the reading so that was not enough, i then contacted Naiman clarke health who said i do not have to sit this and all my verified paperwork went over to them last week and they are getting me a sponsor,, i think if you are going for the perm visa u need the ielts but according to them we can go over without the ielts and i can still work, my documents are with ahpra for registration as we speek so hears hoping, i will keep you informed of how things go, i have always thought that i needed the ielts to get out there, but they have assured me that i dont and all i have had to pay is the ahpra registration which in total was $450 just under £300 and to think i have given an agent a few grand,, fingers crossed

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    This aphra thingy gets more and more confusing.

     

    Dh was told he needed ielts for anmac skills assessment and a requirement for 176 visa, i contacted aphra as i missed our on ielts by 0.5 explaining i would be coming over as a dependant on dh visa, they told me i had to resit ielts and get 7 in all bandings.

     

    Friends of ours who are planning to come over on a sponsored visa and have booked ielts for july, contacted melbourne House this morning and their comment was "why are you taking the ielts test" you don't have to do it if sponsored as the employer has to be convinced etc., if they are provided with english education certificates they are happy. (They then went on to mention it was more of a requirement for nurses from non english speaking countries)

     

    Why can't all nurses applications be treated equally :arghh:

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    Guest guest8040

    Sat in exam hall waiting.....about 100 people and only half a dozen with English as their first language. Will report back later on what it was like. Keep everything crossed guys!

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    Guest helene73

    Good luck babe, got everything crossed for you x

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    Guest guest8040

    Thanks Helene! Well that was a really bizarre experience. Speaking was by far the worse as it is so unnatural the situation, had to talk about whether colour was important to me. The other bits seemed alright but it's easy for your mind to wander on the listening. 2 weeks to wait now! If anyone wants any further info on any aspects of the test I'd be glad to give my perspective.

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    Guest helene73

    I would appreciate any insights or advice that you could give I am sitting it in a few weeks, I have been practising the reading papers like mad started off really crap and now doing pretty well :)

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    Ok here goes! Firstly it was proper old school exam conditions which was a blast from the past and got me a bit nervous. The listening test was first and was basically a tape of conversations and you wrote the answers in the boxes as you listened. There was an Australian accent then American then English. You really have to concentrate as if you have one answer and are waiting for the next it's easy to let your mind wander or to be distracted. You get to jot the answers on the question sheet with 10 minutes to transfer them over at the end. Reading was next 3 pieces of text. The first was a tourist bit about different bus explorer tickets in a town. Then there was a paragraph about health and safety requirements in a factory and the last about Viking longships! All the questions were true/false, multiple choice or filling sentences (that had been rewritten) with words from the original text. Some questions were a bit ambiguous I thought and you felt it was a trick question. However that said I was the most worried about the reading part and it wasn't that bad. I even had time to be escorted to the loo before the end - don't have much to drink beforehand nerves and the length of time of the exam plays havoc with your bladder! I found the writing bit fine. First part was write a letter to a friend living in a foreign country you would like to work in! Obviously it was easy to put the subject matter together for this! The second part was the longer and carried more points. I had to say whether I agreed or disagreed with the thought that giving children pocket money made them more financially responsible as adults. You need to be able to waffle here! I got it all finished with 10 minutes to spare then panicked about counting the words and even got a bit OCD about it thinking I'd lost count! Speaking was by far the hardest, it is such a false situation even a gobsh*t# like me struggled a bit. When does anyone in normal life ask you 'is colour important to you?' then sit back and listen? She followed this by 'was colour important to you as a child?' I also had to talk for 2 minutes about a personality trait I had that is good, why it's good and how it affects my life. I then had to have a discussion about nature and nurture and my opinions on it and whether personality can be changed. Honest to God she may as well have rolled out the comfy shrinks couch and charged me a fortune for a personality analysis! To be fair after she switched the tape recorder off even she said that they are preset questions and it was weird! All in all it was not as bad as I thought it would be but I did feel sorry for those who do not have English as a first language as I would imagine it's much harder for them! A lot of it seemed to be understanding words that have similar meaning. You WILL be fine x anything else ive missed please ask x

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    Guest helene73

    Christ on a bike that sound awful!! What a random set of topics to speak about! Here I can think of how to answer them but I bet on the day my 1 blonde brain cell will pack in lol

    I need to practise listening more as I tend to drift off, I have made a effort at work to listen to boring folk who aimlessly Whittier on to me but I swear I am getting senile dementure.

    Fingers crossed you get the Mark you need, and thanks for all the info :) x

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    You'll be fine honestly, it wasnt half as bad as I thought it would be. The other thing they stress a lot at the beginning of each test is the importance of is spelling, so I would say if you're unsure of the spelling dont use the word! Will let you know how bad or good I do! X

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