IELTS For Emigration Dummies

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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One of the requirements in the immigration process nowadays is doing a language test to gauge the level of a person's language proficiency in the country's national language(s). For Canada, the two languages of note are, of course, English and French.

When we first submitted our application for Canada in March 2010, doing the language test was not required but rather an optional step in the process. One was allowed to prove one's proficiency via testimonials and documentation. Although I am a fluent English speaker, I felt that the only way to truly establish it would be just to go through and take the test.

I was slightly worried at first as many warned that the test, although not difficult, was somewhat tricky. I booked myself at the Language Lab International House in Johannesburg situated at Braamfontein. I went to one practice class to learn the ropes and ease my anxiety. I met some really nice wonderful people during practice but most of them were immigrating to Australia. I eventually took the test a week later. The test came in 4 parts - reading, writing, listening and speaking.

I was tense with the results as I knew a lot was riding on them. Those were the days when I was worried about every little thing that affected our whole application to Canada. But it turned out I had nothing to fear.

Two weeks after the test, the results came out and I passed...brilliantly. My English was delish, if I do say so myself. LOL.

So for those still going through the process, do not panic. I agree with most that the test is not hard. A little caution and attention in answering the questions asked would greatly assist in passing with flying colours. To alleviate some of the uncertainties, you may want to try some samples of the test found all over the web. Just google IELTS free practice exams.

2 caring thoughts:

  1. kimmy said...:

    i've been teaching IELTS review for four years now, and i think what makes it difficult for Filipinos is that it is not our first language and though we may know how to speak or write in English, doing it spontaneously is quite difficult..

  1. Anonymous said...:

    delish? i think it means delicious, so your english is delicious??? wtf!!! check your ielts haha...