While recognising organisations such as government agencies and universities are yet to respond to the reliability and validity of these new score comparisons, PTE test takers are now confused and worried about how the possible change will impact them.
Sydney-based, Surbhi Dhawan said she is concerned and wants to know if the Department of Home Affairs will adjust their requirements based on the report. “My test is scheduled next week and I don’t know if I should postpone it?” she wondered.
When speaking to Australia’s SBS News, Voriganti Shakti Goud said this update was terrible news. “How come they increased five marks on PTE for Band 8 and one mark for Band 7? How did they previously accept 79 as Band 8? Each student has to appear six to 10 times to get 79 marks and now they have increased it to 84. It is really hard.” You can read the full article here
How come they increased five marks on PTE for Band 8 and one mark for Band 7? How did they previously accept 79 as Band 8? Each student has to appear six to 10 times to get 79 marks and now they have increased it to 84. It is really hard
Voriganti Shakti Goud in SBS News
Migration agent at IDP Adelaide, Shiva Ghimire (MARN 1686773) said the the Department of Home Affairs needs to accept the proposed changes first. However, “if that happens, these changes can impact on applicants who are hoping to migrate to Australia as a Permanent Resident (PR).”
And, he continues “some Australian Permanent Resident (PR) visas are points-based. Many will aim to prove they have Superior English to get 20 points for English language proficiency. So, if these changes take effect, one may need to score 84 instead of 79.” he added.
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