Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

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How International Students Can Find Part Time

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


⇛ 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.  


⇛ 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’.


⇛ 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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What are the Visa Options to Apply for PR in Australia without Job Offer?

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Apply for PR IN Australia

Australian permanent residency is the most sought after overseas visa option. Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide are considered to be the top world class cities to live and work. Many people do not know that that they can apply for permanent residency and move to Australia without actually getting any job offer from Australia.

You can absolutely get the permanent residency in Australia even without getting a job offer. There are few visa categories, in which you can apply and get selected for the PR visa. Please read the following valuable information which may help you to fulfil your dreams and live in a country with a quality lifestyle.   

➤ Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189

This is the independent and permanent point tested skilled visa. You don’t need any job offer to apply for this visa. Moreover, if you are selected for this visa, you will get permanent residency in Australia. 

Skill Select Only Application

In order to apply for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa, you must first lodge an Expression of Interest through Skill Select and be invited by the Department of Immigration to apply.

Once you are invited to apply for a skilled visa, you must lodge your application within 60 days, otherwise the invitation lapses. Accordingly, it is very important that you have all required documentation prepared to lodge as soon as possible after receiving the invitation.

➤ Visa Criteria

In order to qualify for a Subclass 189 visa, you would need to:

  • Lodge an EOI and be invited to apply
  • Meet the minimum pass mark in the skilled migration points test - currently 60
  • Be aged between 18 and 49 inclusive
  • Pass Skills Assessment in an occupation on the relevant Skilled Occupations List
  • Have Competent English (minimum 6 bands in each module of IELTS or equivalent in PTE etc) or higher
  • Meet health and character requirements 

➤ Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

This is a state nominated permanent visa in Australia. In this subclass, you need to meet the additional requirements from particular state offer the sponsorship. Most of the states and territory in Australia have different requirement for State Sponsorship. Some of the states require an applicant to have a Job Offer from an Australian Employer. However, there are some states in Australia which allows that if you study either one or two year in particular state you can waive of the Job offer letter requirement.

For instance, if you study in Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia or Australian Capital Territory, you may be eligible for state nomination if you have completed your studies for at least 1 year or 2 years. In other words, you get eligible to apply for State Nomination Visa if you complete your studies from any of the above state or territory and meet the basic requirements for a particular state or territory.

How to apply for the above visas and obtain PR in Australia without job offer?
Australia follows a point based online immigration system. Hence to apply for both the above permanent visas, you need to submit the Expression of Interest (EOI) in the online immigration system of Australia, i.e. Skill Select System.

➤ Obtain minimum 60 points

Your profile details submitted in Skill Select must obtain minimum 60 points based on age, education, language skills, and work experience etc. details. Unfortunately, you will not be able to apply for any of the above visa if you do not meet the minimum 60 points criteria. However, if you score more than 60 points, it will increase your chances of getting visa approval quicker. 

➤ What if you succeed?

If you succeed in the point based system, you will get the ITA (Invitation to apply) for Visa from the Australian immigration authorities. You require submitting the visa application within 60 days of receiving the ITA (Invitation to Apply). Fill and submit the visa application form with complete accuracy, attaching all the require documents in support of your application. 

➤ How to get key Visa process support and assistance?

If you are applying for the Australian PR Visa for the first time and need professional assistance and support from the experts in visa and immigration industry, please get in touch with one of the immigration agents of Aussizz Group at info@aussizz.com

Aussizz group is a leading Migration & Education consultancy with years of experience. We have assisted number of clients to obtain the permanent residency and made this complex process hassle free.
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