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English Language Tests for International Moving

Feb 05. 2020

For some candidates moving abroad, their visa application can be supported by sitting an English language exam to qualify for extra points. Different countries ask for different levels of results, so its important to be aware of your personal target scores.

Test formats

There are two test format options. These are IELTS and Pearson PTE. Both test the same basic, core language skills. Pearson PTE covers the ‘academic’ English language testing, so is for use in terms of further and higher education. IELTS tests cover both ‘academic’ and ‘general English language. Whereby ‘general’ is referring to non-academic, essentially ‘every day’ English language. IELTS exams are ‘skills based’, paper exams handed out. Whilst Pearson PTE is a listening and note-taking exam in which the candidate is tested on how well they have understood a lecture and been able to take notes, to essentially re-convey what they have understood. Candidates sit in language labs for these tests, at computers, wearing headphones.

Making the grade

When it comes to marking, the Pearson PTE tests are marked by computers using algorithms and the IELTS is marked by trained markers. To enable the extra visa points to be accrued target scores must be achieved in both the speaking and listening elements of the test. There is only New Zealand where the accumulative score is used.

Practice makes perfect

There is specific exam material that can be used to prepare for either variation of the exam. There is some free material which can be downloaded at the point that an IELTS exam is booked. For the Pearson PTE, is generally advised that mock exams are purchased.

Our international moving services essentially cover all worldwide destinations. We can move you anywhere! Our webpages give further information here on our international moving services and our international department can be contacted at our head office on 01902 714555 or sales@burkebros.co.uk.

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