NZ Update – IELTS in Berlin
If you aim for the Skilled Migrant Visa to immigrate to NZ you’ll have to prove that you have a good command of the English language. The best way to do this is to get a 6.5 or higher score on the IELTS Test.
So Ella, me, a Baby and Ella’s sister went to Berlin last Thursday (Berlin is the only center in Germany offering the IELTS on a Thursday instead of a Saturday).
You can read about the IELTS structure on the Internet but this is a broad overview:
- 40 Minutes Listening Test
- 60 Minutes Reading Test
- 60 Minutes Writing Test
- 15 Minutes Speaking Test
A few tips concerning the IELTS in Berlin (and generally):
- Take a poop before the first part!
- In terms of preparation there is plenty good stuff on the IELTS homepage and youtube.
- Go to Berlin by train / public transport. Its a busy city.
- If you want to have the speaking test on the same day as the rest, contact the IELTS people via the hotline beforehand. Otherwise the speaking test might also be a day or two after.
- Don’t bring too much stuff to the British Council in Berlin. They don’t like to see you show up with much luggage. This also includes babies 🙂
- If you have a baby you’ll need a babysitter. The first part is roughly three hours long, you’ll have no breaks and the only thing you’re allowed to take into the testing room is a transparent bottle of water without any labels. So, no baby.
- Take a pee before the second part!
Results are available 13 working days after the test.
image by Neil Cooper