- Saturday, November 28, 2015
IELTS is a standardised test where a person’s proficiency in English language is assessed, in this examination a person’s reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities are tested. All the candidates who come from countries where English is not the primary language of communication needs to pass this examination to qualify for a visa. There are two types of modules for this examination namely the General Training and the Academic modules. A separate type of test is offered by the test partners of IELTS which is called Life Skills. IELTS Academic test is intended for candidates that wish to pursue higher studies in Universities and professionals like nurses and doctors that wish to practice or study in English speaking countries. Persons who want to get more work experience or those who want to immigrate to English speaking should pass the General Training examination. Persons who wish to apply for citizenship or apply for a visa as part of a family that has already settled in that particular country should pass the Life Skills examination in order to prove their English speaking and listening skills. Persons who want to apply for a visa to the United Kingdom, Australia, United States of America, Canada or New Zealand for any of the above reasons should pass the IELTS examination.
Students who have got admission into foreign universities should prepare themselves before going to places that they are unfamiliar with. The first and foremost aspect to consider is finances, proper guidance should be taken from those who are experienced and have a good knowledge in this subject, facing financial problems when abroad should be avoided as it would land a person in a very difficult situation. Apart from the regular items like proper clothes, toiletries etc., if prescription drugs are required they should be carried along. These drugs must be accompanied with a valid prescription. Apart from being materially equipped, the person should be aware of the cultural, social and linguistic aspects of the country, they should also be aware about how to greet people, their food habits and lifestyles. Local laws especially traffic laws should be properly studied and should be accordingly followed.
Students pursuing higher studies in the UK have many options when it comes to saving money with the first one being food, big supermarkets offer as much as 70% discounts on products that are reaching their expiry date, going to supermarkets will not only save you money but it is also a place for socializing as one comes across various kinds of people. The same also applies to students who study in Canada, the best way of saving money is to cook for oneself. In some countries like America students have the option to work while studying; this will improve their financial position and will enable them to indulge in other activities like travelling or sightseeing. Students studying in Australia especially in cities like Melbourne and Sydney will find these places very expensive, it is advisable to plan and balance one’s expenses accordingly. One can work while studying and earn extra income; many institutions have financial advisors, who help international students to plan their budget, give information regarding part time jobs. There are certain stores that offer discounts to students for which the student will have to show his/her identification card. Just like Australia, New Zealand is equally expensive; however, many facilities like free libraries and computers which students require for their studies are provided on a loan basis thereby saving a lot of money. In all the above countries special travelling discounts are offered to students who can explore the neighbouring places in order to get a better understanding of the place, its culture and heritage.
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