IELTS For Studying, Working & Living in Australia
If you’re looking to work or study in Australia you may have come across the International English Language Testing System also known as the IELTS.
It is a standardized test for non-native English speakers that is split into 4 components – listening, reading, writing and speaking to measure their English language proficiency.
This test is a common requirement in the application process to name work or study in Australia.
There are 9 levels of English proficiency in IELTS. This ranges from Band 1 to band 9.
Band 1 represents a non English language user while band 9 represents an expert English speaker.
Here are the requirements for IELTS covering the three areas of study work and migration to Australia.
The minimum IELTS score requirement for holders of a student visa subclass 500 is 5.5.
If you’re looking to study in Australia you will often need to fulfil the English language requirement.
This usually involves taking the IELTS test and meeting the minimum requirements depending on your level of study or course.
The type of IELTS test you need to get admission in Australia depends on the level of study and the purpose of your study.
If you are looking to study in Australia at the university level or work in a professional industry, you will need to take the IELTS academic test.
If you are going for a qualification level that is lower than a university degree then you will need to take the general test.
Be aware that the minimum test score for international students holding a student visa subclass 500 is 5.5.
Be sure to contact your intended higher institution to get more information on the IELTS test and the eligibility requirements required for your chosen course.
“The type of IELTS test you need to get admission in Australia depends on the level of study and the purpose of your study.“
Working In Australia & The IELTS
If you’re looking to work in Australia, there area number of visa options available for you to be in to do this.
There are also language requirements that go with this type of visa. it is important to find out what the minimum requirements for this test is for the type of work and visa that’s you’re interested in applying for in Australia.
You should check the minimum requirements for this test with the organisation or the potential employer to make sure that you are able to meet them.
If your goal is to work in a professional industry such as law, healthcare, engineering or accounting in Australia, then you will need to take the academic IELTS test and meet the minimum test score.
If you’re going into vocational work areas such as hospitality, construction or tourism then you will be taking the general IELTS test.
Living In Australia & The IELTS
If you intend to move to Australia to live in the country, the Department of Home Affairs has requirements concerning your English language proficiency.
For you to be able to migrate to live in Australia, the minimum test score you need to achieve depends on the visa you need to apply for to migrate to Australia.
Make enquiries with the Department of Home Affairs or check their website to get more information on the level of test score you need to achieve before you can apply for the relevant visa.
Do note that most visas will require that you to have a minimum level of competent English and this is equivalent to a minimum score of 6 all the four components of the IELTS test.
How To Get High Scores In IELTS
The key to having a better chance of getting a high score in IELTS is to try and answer all the questions, especially in the reading and writing modules.
This is because there is a possibility that you might miss hearing some of the questions in the listening test or you might even run out of time in the reading test.
A great strategy is to try and answer all of the questions before the time runs out. Even if you do not know the answer to some questions, you should still pick an answer.
This gives you a better chance of getting the answers right.
In the writing module. It is very important to read and understand the questions. You should then proceed to answer the question and correctly and as detailed as possible.
For example, if a question requires you to give your opinion on something. you should write about your opinion and not the opinion of others.
For the writing task, also make sure that you write the required number of words specified in each writing task.
An important tip for the speaking task is understanding and confidence. You should try to relax so that you can listen and i=understand the question being asked and be confident in giving your response.
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