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Hi All,

I am a software engineer planning to migrate to Australia. My work experience after degree is 6.5 years now. I tried IELTS several times, but getting 6.5 for reading each time. But I have overall 7 in IELTS. My age is 33. So I get points as given below. I have BSc Hons 1st class degree and an MSc in computer science too. My age is 33 years.

Age: 25
BSc Hons and Masters Degree: 15
Work experience: 10
Sum: 50

So as far as I know I need to score at least 60 points to lodge my EOI. I am planning to send my ACS assessment in coming weeks. I am fed up with IELTS and need to find alternative way of earning the remaining 10 points. Based on my knowledge I will be able to get 5 points from a state sponsorship.

Is there any way to get 10 points from a state sponsorship, if so how?

I am unmarried, hence no partner skills applied too. What are the other alternatives I can consider to earn points? Do I need above 7 for all the IELTS modules to get state sponsorship? Any help is appreciated.

My final question is will 60 points be enough? Most people say that 65 is needed for Software Engineers to get invited. Is that true.
 

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Answering your final question first: Sadly, it is quite difficult or a very long wait to get state sponsorship with 60 points. 189 too would be a very long wait with this points score.

To make matters worse, you won't get 10 points from your employment. ACS takes away at least 2 years from your work experience to certify you as skilled; so at least as of now, you will be left with 4.5 years of work experience to claim points from (5 points assuming you do not have any Australian work experience).

Yes, overall score does not matter, you need 7 in each module. However IELTS is not the only option. See here: How can I prove I have proficient English?

State sponsorship for SC 190 can get you 5 points only (if you are invited). There is a SC 489 visa option that can give you 10 points (again subject to eligibility and invitation).

I suggest reading further here: http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...-australia-what-you-need-know-read-first.html
 

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Hi KeeDa,

Thanks a lot for the quick and detailed reply. It was really helpful to me. So based on your suggestion, 10 points in English language skills is mandatory to get there. What other alternative tests would you suggest? How about TOEFL? Do you have any experience in it?
 

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In your case, yes, without 10 points it would be difficult to get an invitation. I however do not know about options other than IELTS, but they say PTE is easier to score in.
 

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Hi KeeDa,

I have another question. Let's say I am going to have ACS assessment. If they deduct 2 years from my experience, I'll end up with 4.5 yrs hence receiving 5 pts.
Then in 6 months I will reach 5 years and eligible for 10 pts for my experience.

Do I need to apply for ACS assessment again or can I use the same one.

Also many people told me that PTE would be a good choice. Let me give it a shot. Thanks for all the guidance provided.
 

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You don't need to re-assess if you continue to work with the same employer and using the same skills for the next 6 months at least. You will need to prove it as well with a new reference letter in your visa application. See the following threads for more details on this topic:

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...xperince-after-acs-skill-assement-letter.html

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...unt-post-acs-experience-eoi-points-claim.html

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...lia/828322-189-visa-documents-exp-letter.html

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...ving-australia/834897-acs-result-today-3.html
 
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