Friday, July 21, 2017

3 Dumb Mistakes to Avoid in the Writing Module of PTE

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When it comes to PTE Academic exam (Pearson Test of English), where the Speaking, Listening, as well as Reading modules seem to be a cinch for people, the writing module has always received an aversion. And such reaction doesn’t come as too big surprise since this section calls for the presence of several skills at the same time - such as brainstorming different ideas, elaborating those ideas in a precise manner, and knowing spelling, grammar, plurals, and so on.
But howsoever difficult it may seem, it holds great importance. So let’s have a look at some of the silliest mistakes that students make in the PTE writing module here.

Write Essay: It requires you to write an argumentative essay of 200-300 words within 20 minutes in response to a prompt. Your written essay is basically judged on your ability of organising and presenting ideas along with the other details to support your argument. 

The mistake people make in this section, doesn’t come while writing the exam - but way before it. It’s the lack of practice that can prove fatal in this exam. You cannot use up your time thinking too much. You have to practise a lot of different essays to get it done right as well as on time, in the exam.

Summarize Written Text: This portion requires you to write a summary of a passage given to you within 10 minutes. It must be written in one sentence and should have no more than 75 words. Your summary will be judged on the basis of your quality and how precisely you present the vital points of the passage. 
The mistake that students make here, is similar to the one they make in an essay. Not enough practice can again have you put this section in jeopardy. More than the essay, it’s this section that requires you to think really fast, and that can only be acquired through practising a lot.

Spellings, Grammar, and Punctuation: A sentence loses its meaning if it doesn’t include the proper punctuation marks. You have to be very careful with your commas, semicolons, colons, hyphens, full-stops, and such. The confusion over where to insert your punctuations is an extremely common problem, and you would need to get rid of it before your exam. 

The other common mistakes are those related to grammar. The do-does, has-have, a-an-the, and all such dilemmas are seen so frequently in PTE exam answers, that students should prepare for this whole module, starting with these concepts only. last, but not the least, please avoid making spelling mistakes. 
Know and understand words carefully while you prepare for this exam, and make sure you practise enough to not spell the words wrong in there.

Let’s face it; it’s not easy being a non-native speaker to write concise and impressive essay unless one has followed an aggressive practise schedule, and PTE writing module is no exception to this rule.

And no one understands the significance of such practice, more than PTE Tutorials. So, join us today, and with our brilliant practice tests at a reasonable PTE course fees, pave a sure path to a great PTE score for yourself!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Planning to Study in Australia? Here’s How you can manage your Study Costs

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A few years back, HSBC came out with a survey which pointed towards Australia being one of the most expensive countries to study overseas. And though the exact numbers must have changed through the years, yet Australia holds the position amongst the most costly study destinations even today. But still this country also remains with one of the highest concentrations of International students in the world!

But as we said, Study and Living Costs are really high here. So, let’s dig a little deeper into that. Australian universities have a unique way of calculating their tuition fee. Instead of going the usual way, that is calculating it per year, they have it done per unit. And every unit is a part of a fee band. Because most students study a combination of units from different bands, the fee happens to be different for everyone. The average tuition fee for Bachelor’s degree, this way, comes to range between 15,000 and 33,000 AUD/year, and that of Master’s and PhD degree, between 14,000 – 37,000 AUD per year. This makes the average tuition fee in an Australian University, as 33,400 AUD. But you will still have some of the top universities regulating and publishing their fee estimates on a regular basis, for every program.

Then you have the Student Services and Amenities fee which is charged by not all, but most universities. This is a cost that covers the amenities and services which are of a non-academic nature. When it comes to living there, Sydney comes as the most expensive city where costs can go as up as 2500 AUD/month. The average cost of living in the country then ranges between 1800 and 2500 AUD a month. Then there are food and transportation costs to consider too, in addition to books and other reading supplies that you’d have to spend on.

The costs are a bit high; but finding a way to manage these costs is important. There are a lot of scholarships that you will come across that can help you do just that. There are Endeavour Postgraduate Awards, Australia Awards, APEC Women in Research Fellowship Program, amongst many which offer financial aid to International students in Australia.

Also, Australian Student Visas allow International students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight, per semester, and unrestricted hours during semester breaks. There are many industries in Australia looking for part-time workers including retail, hospitality, tourism, agriculture, finance, manufacturing, etc.

If you’re still wondering how to manage study costs in Australia, there’s a way to get all your confusions done away with. You can get in touch with Aussizz Group! A leading group of some of the most reliable migration and Education Consultants in Australia, Aussizz can put an end to all your uncertainties once and for all!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Enrol Yourself with IRON Program for Bright Career in Nursing! Know Why?

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IRON Program


Are you looking for bright career prospects in abroad for nursing and specifically in Australia? Have you heard about IRON program for overseas nurses in Australia but are not aware of its details? If yes, then you are at right place. This article gives you an elaborated vision of IRON program and its related benefits that can result into bright career option. Read further for detailed understanding.

Demand for Nurses in Australia:
  • Recent update- The existing models & methods in delivering high-quality health and aged services is getting eloped. This has resulted in real and immediate demand of service and generated need of high workforce
  • A data (from 2015) has revealed, Australia's health and aged care workforce includes- wide range of care providers- right from highly qualified regulated professionals to unregulated workers
  • Over 307,100 (among total of 360,000 regulated population) nurses and midwives were employed for 90% clinical roles
  • The nursing workforce is aging that will soon result in increasing retirement rates which is creating large space for fresh graduate nurses
  • The existing nursing workforce is not enough to satiate future workforce demands for health & aged service areas. It has been predicted that till 2030 would have shortage of 120,000 nurses and by 2050, this number will be double or triple for meeting healthcare needs for aged population
Opportunity to International Nurses in Australia:

Healthcare is a vast and versatile field that results in wide range of opportunities. Qualified nurses, from any part of the world, can excel their career opportunities in Australia by looking at the curation of high demand in healthcare field. Obviously, moving to a different country will result in facing some differences in healthcare system that will further create some challenges in their medical practice. In this case, international nurses can facilitate easier transition with Australian healthcare system by enrolling themselves into IRON medical program and grab golden opportunity to be a part of Australian healthcare system

IRON Program and its Benefits:

Initial Registration for Overseas Registered Nurses (IRON) program is a mandatory course that helps candidate to get familiar with Australian healthcare system while bridging the gap. The benefits are-

  • Existing and aspiring professionals can nurture and enhance their practical & theoretical nursing experience and skills
  • Gain academic knowledge and practical skills that are basic requirement for practicing as a Registered Nurse in Australia
  • Existing professionals can assess their knowledge while adding to what they have learned so far  

If you wish to be a part of Australian healthcare system that constantly and dedicatedly works for delivering high-quality health and aged services in Australia, reach us- the Education Consultant for more refined approach. We can help you with the best solutions and help solve your queries at any stage of this process. Enjoy Nursing!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How International Students Can Find Part-time Work in Australia?

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Part-time Work in Australia
Can I work while studying in Australia? It’s the major question that pops up in mind of international students who are looking to study in Australia. As it helps to supplement the education and living expenses in Australia and also cover the costs for all those travel adventures. 

Well, it’s not only the best universities or laid back lifestyle that lured international students to choose Australia as their study destination but the opportunities also to gain work experience.

International students on student visa in Australia can work up to 40 hours every two weeks during course sessions and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks.

Isn’t that great!

However, before planning to undertake any paid work in Australia, it is essential to know what kind of work student visa allows to do.

Eligible Part-time Jobs on Australian Student Visa
There are many industries in Australia that offer part time employment to international students. This includes:
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Sales and telemarketing
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Administration or clerical roles
  • Tutoring
Those looking to gain valuable work experience can be part of:
Paid or unpaid internships: Internships are temporary placements in workplace and education institutions. It has always been a great way to get acquainted with different industries and gain accomplishments and enhance the resume.

Volunteering
One can also learn valuable work skills by undertaking a voluntary work for charities or non-profit organizations. It not only great opportunity to get some hands on work experience but serve to the community as well.

Take Note!
  • You cannot work in Australia if you are less than 18 years of age
  • You can only start working once your course has commenced
  • Voluntary or unpaid work should not be included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight
Ways to Find Work in Australia
Some of the common ways to find work in Australia are:
  • Online job portals and newspapers
  • Registering details at a recruitment firm
  • Contacting international students support staff to find out the institution offers.
Rights for International Students in Australia
Every international student working in Australia has some basic rights at work including:
  • No unfair dismissal from the job
  • A minimum wage
  • Leave, break and rest periods
  • A safe and healthy work environment
If these benefits have also fascinated you to apply for a visa in Australia, you can get in touch with MARA agents in India to get your visa in the least possible time through an accurate assessment.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tips to Maximize Your Score in Every Module of PTE

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Tips to maximize your score in every module of PTE



“Right information wins you half the battle they say” and we agree!

We believe, that having the “right information” about PTE Academic and the way a candidate is scored in the exam helps you secure (or in other words not lose!) your ‘score’. Below, we’ve gathered a list of important facts about each section that will help you secure your marks in every way possible.

PART-1

Part-1 consists of 3 sections. These sections mainly test the candidate's ability to ‘speak and write’ English.

SECTION-1

Personal Introduction
The first thing a test-taker is prompted to do is give a ‘Personal Introduction’. This section is not scored. The recording though, is sent to the universities a candidate has applied to. Here, the individual needs to speak about their personal background, educational background and about the universities they are expecting to get enrolled in. You will be given 1 minute to give your personal introduction.

The Tip

This is a crucial section even though it is not scored. One minute may seem a short while, but it is long enough for an individual to point out some facts and describe some future plans after your education with a particular institute.
This is where you can kick-start your exam on a high note. If you manage to speak with utmost proficiency on your part, you’ll most probably carry that confidence throughout the rest of your exam.  

SECTION-2

Speaking

Firstly, to understand what this section is really about. ‘Speaking’ ability is composed of a lot of different dimensions namely pronunciation, fluency, grammar, and vocabulary. PTE Speaking section assesses these elements very rigorously; and marks candidates on the basis of their proficiency in these four sub-skills.

Secondly, although silence is a part of regular speech. Too much silence may negatively impact your PTE score. Silence for up to 3 seconds is not penalized, but silence that extends to more than the stipulated time will definitely see your scores drop! Also, remaining silent for a longer period of time will prompt the machine stop recording your answer. Subsequently the test-taker does not get evaluated score for that particular test-item.

Thirdly, talking in an unintelligible language (i.e. using words/ or phrases from any other language that is not English) or speaking gibberish, will be assessed differently. The score administrator may decide to retest the test-taker or talk to him or her personally at the time of assessment.

The Tip

It is important to understand that perfect speech can only come through practice. So, practicing sentence structure by repetition, imbibing more vocabulary into your speech each day, understanding/practicing rules of grammar, and learning rules of pronunciation and differently-pronounced words more often will square-off any language deficiency that you may have.

Stammering or hesitating isn't necessarily going to affect your score if you keep it limited to a couple of times but not more.

Pausing for a second or two is fine; a longer pause will affect your score.      
It is okay to have accent!
The key to scoring high is having good intelligibility
If the word ‘grammar’ rings an alarm in your head, then there is a simpler way to understand it. Simply think of it as ‘sentence mastery’.

SECTION-3

Writing

‘Writing’ is tested in sections 3 to 6. This section overall is allocated about 50 - 60 minutes.
 Not using the correct punctuation or lack of punctuation will affect your score negatively. Along with punctuation, lack of “capitalization” of appropriate letter too will see your score drop.
In this section you are required to write between 5 and 75 words in one single sentence. Writing in multiple sentences and/or writing more than 75 words may see your scores drop.
Essay finishes off PART-1. It requires the test-taker to write a text made up of no more than 300 words and no less than 200 words. It must argumentative essay in response to a subject-line or topic prompted by the system. Understanding the topic is crucial, and writing only in its context is essential.   

The Tip

Take your time and do not hurry. Punctuations are marked, while lack of punctuation is penalized. Also, try not to go back and rewrite or change grammatical structure too much. This will take up time, and also make you feel exhausted.
Summarizing the text is easy; just understand it and rephrase. The only thing you need to take care of is to include all the important key points. Do not worry about exceeding the 75 word count, there will be a word-count box showing the number of words written in your answer.

PART-2

Part-2 consists of a “single-timed section” i.e. the candidate will have to answer one single section within a single time limit which will be about 30 to 40 minutes. This section mainly tests your ‘reading ‘skills.

Reading

Answering the ‘reading’ section requires a candidate to read aloud a piece of text prompted by the system, understand the meaning, and answer multiple choice questions and fill in the blanks based on the text. Not reading the text aloud, or not reading it correctly will yield lower scores to the candidate.
Reading the instruction is equally important; there are separate kinds of multiple choice questions in the PTE that an individual may expect. The first type is where only one out of the four options given will be the correct answer. Second type is where more than one option out of the given options will be the correct answer. Answering either one wrongly will get the candidate no score.
There is a separate subsection called “Reading & Writing” under PART-2. This question prompts a text with missing words. The test-taker is expected to choose the right word to fill the spaces.

The Tip

You will be marked on how clearly you can speak out the content given to you. (with the correct pronunciation). The more fluent and articulate your speech, the more marks you secure.
The tip is “Time Management”. Manage time well and keep calm. There is always enough time to read out each word distinctly and clearly.

3 basic steps:
  • · Understand the question- Skim the text find your Answer- Match your answer with the options provided
  • · Make sure you only have to read the paragraph once! ONLY ONCE!
  • · Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks - The score actually contributes to both reading and writing sections!

PART-3

Part-3 consists of 2 Sections. These sections mainly test your listening ability.

Listening

Firstly, you will be asked to summarize ‘spoken’ text. This summary must be written by the candidate within a maximum of 70 words and no more. The summary should consist of a minimum of 50 words.
Listening is tested on the basis of the candidate's ability to comprehend spoken language. The test-taker is solely assessed on the answer the individual submits.
Notes are provided at beginning of the PTE test, this when the test-takers is expected to make the most use of it.
Remember, you are only allowed to listen to the audio once!

The Tip

This section tests your ability to understand the spoken language and so the tip is - “Listen to understand” and not “Listen to remember.”
Get into the habit of making quick notes for you; one can do that by using abbreviation wherever possible. Listen to the entire audio carefully first, before reading the question.
This section involves ‘writing dictation’. During this test item, see to it that you go through your answer before you submit it in order to refine any grammatical or spelling mistakes
This is about all that the candidate should expect in the Pearson exam. The tips are handy, but more tips can always push you a step forward. 

At Aussizz, our certified coaches have most valuable tips for candidates of all proficiency level. Entry-level, Intermediate or an advanced learner of English, all our students benefit equally from our expert tutors. For more information on how we can help you achieve the desired score, call us on - +91-79-6682-6682 or Email: pte@aussizz.com.
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