For those who are new to the world of IELTS, it is an English language proficiency test necessary for either studying or living in countries where the medium of communication is English. The test scores are valid for almost two years and one can either apply for PR using it or go for studies. With IELTS, there are two formats related to the exam –
- General – IELTS general is the gateway for job in foreign countries.
- Academic – IELTS academic is taken by students who are planning to study abroad.
IELTS score is accepted by universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and has become a mandatory test for studying in Australia. One cannot be granted Australia visa without passing the IELTS test! Although, earlier TOEFL was the preferred form of test in the USA, slowly IELTS has stepped onto the territory of the United States, with many US universities accepting IELTS score.
All other study destinations either require you to take the TOEFL or IELTS.
The World Speaks IELTS
IELTS evaluates your English language ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening). A good score (usually 6.0 and above) is an entry requirement for many colleges and universities worldwide. Individuals can repeat the test in the intervals of 90 days. In recent times, the IELTS has now become even computerized. So, earlier, where you could take IELTS using pen and paper, you can now take it even on computer!
IELTS Reading is the second section in the IELTS exam and consists of reading comprehension from which one needs to answers related to it!
- Look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables.
- Make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully.
- Pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question.
- Do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose which is answering the question. No one is going to judge you on how much you know the passage but on whether you can answer all those questions!
- If you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one.
- Do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text.
- The word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text; you must not change the form of the word(s) in the text.
- Do not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – you may not need to use it.
- Check your spelling. Yes, this is important, because you might have answered it correctly, understood the question well, but if the spelling is wrong, everything can go wrong!!
- Be careful to use singular and plural correctly.
- Focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions.
- Check your answers. Well, if you are serious about IELTS, make sure that you revise your answers and cross check for their validity!!
If you are one of those who have completed their bachelors in technology and want to work abroad, New Zealand offers some great opportunities.
The procedure for getting a job as an engineer in New Zealand is quite simple. If the job offered to you is in the skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work visa will be easier.Either ways if your job does not meet the skill shortage list there are other work and resident options available.
Given below is the list of some of the jobs you will find in the skill shortage list –
Jobs In New Zealand For Engineers
- Chemical engineer
- Civil engineer
- Construction engineer
- Civil engineering technician
- Civil engineering draughts person
- Electrical engineer
- Environmental engineer
- Instrument and electrical engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Mining engineer
- Petroleum engineer
- Production engineer
- Structural engineer
- Transport engineer.
There are various visa options available for engineers. Work visas available for temporary stay but some can even lead to residence. Resident visas such as the Skilled Migrant Category allows you to stay their forever and even enjoy some of the state funded services.
Engineers in New Zealand don’t need to get registered by law but if you are registered it will help you in getting a good job. If you have got a job offer you can apply for a work visa.
Letter writing in IELTS is asked in both academic and general IELTS section. The answer given below is at par with the IELTS General Section!
You should spend 20 minutes on this task.
You have decided to leave your current employer. Write a letter to the employer telling why you are leaving the job. In your letter –
- explain why you have decided to leave the company.
- tell your employer what you have decided to do after leaving the job.
You should write at least 150 words.
I am writing in regards to my decision to leave the job as the software engineer with your company.
It was really great working with you and the opportunities that you have provided me, I can’t stop being grateful for them. The first day of office still flashes back and it is only by looking back I realize the amazing connection, moments and time that I had here.
However, I have got selected for an internship in Fox India as a travel journalist. This has been a dream assignment for me as writing is the place where my heart is and combined with travel, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Although there is my dream waiting for me, leaving the company that has helped me grow both professionally and personally is very tough for me and I would miss the people here.
Please accept this letter as notification that I am leaving my position on September 15.