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magueromaguero PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 81Member
Hello. Nagrresearch na ako para sa BM habang naghihintay ng 489 visa grant. Baka po meron makapagshare ng list of monthly expenses and budget sa SA. May ganitong thread sa ibang sub-forum kaso madalang yung posts about SA kaya nagstart ako ng thread dito. TIA.
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  • BrizyFiloBrizyFilo BrisbaneTotal Reaction Points: 26Member
    Posts: 107
    $2000 per month ALL IN for 1 person without dependent.
    261313 Software Engineer| 189 | Age: 30 pts | Education: 15 pts | Australian Experience: 5 pts | Overseas Experience: 10 pts | NAATI CCL: 5 pts | English: 10 pts | Total: 75 pts

    EOI Lodge Date: 4 Jan 2018
    EOI Effective Date: 21 Dec 2018
    Invitation received: 11 Jan 2019
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  • magueromaguero PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 81Member
    Posts: 386
    @BrizyFilo Ano yung accommodations na pasok sa budget na yan? Room sharing or sariling studio flat na?
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  • BrizyFiloBrizyFilo BrisbaneTotal Reaction Points: 26Member
    Posts: 107
    @maguero Flat sharing with 1 flatmate yan within 5KM from the city, or sariling studio flat 10KM from the city.
    261313 Software Engineer| 189 | Age: 30 pts | Education: 15 pts | Australian Experience: 5 pts | Overseas Experience: 10 pts | NAATI CCL: 5 pts | English: 10 pts | Total: 75 pts

    EOI Lodge Date: 4 Jan 2018
    EOI Effective Date: 21 Dec 2018
    Invitation received: 11 Jan 2019
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  • BrizyFiloBrizyFilo BrisbaneTotal Reaction Points: 26Member
    edited November 2018 Posts: 107
    @maguero

    Most likely

    - $800-$1200 = Accom include bills and wifi (The more flatmate you have the cheaper the cost)
    - $400-600 = Food (Cheaper if lagi kang magluluto, sa budget na to kasama na 1-2X na kain sa labas)
    - $100-$150 = Transpo - depende sa zoning ng work-home mo
    - $70-$150 = Insurance- Again depende sa Insurance provider m and cover. (with extras vs hospital only)
    - $100-$200 = Misc & other expenses
    - $30-$80 = Mobile data plan (Depende sa package mo, SIM only plan is far cheaper)

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    Total: Appox. $1500 - $2230 per month
    261313 Software Engineer| 189 | Age: 30 pts | Education: 15 pts | Australian Experience: 5 pts | Overseas Experience: 10 pts | NAATI CCL: 5 pts | English: 10 pts | Total: 75 pts

    EOI Lodge Date: 4 Jan 2018
    EOI Effective Date: 21 Dec 2018
    Invitation received: 11 Jan 2019
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  • magueromaguero PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 81Member
    Posts: 386
    Thank you sa info @BrizyFilo
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  • supermadisupermadi SingaporeTotal Reaction Points: 7Member
    Posts: 105
    Thank you sir @maguero sa pag create ng thread na to. Currently waiting din kame for grant, very informative to para sa preparation ng BM. :)
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  • jaceejoefjaceejoef MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 19Member
    Posts: 287
    This is nice. I was actually doing some research about this. Buti nakita ko to. Thanks!
    Software Engineer (261313) | Age = 30 | Education = 15 | Experience = 5 | English = 10

    28.10.2016 PTE-A Exam
    02.11.2016 PTE-A Results (L69 R66 S48 W77) - saklap!
    19.11.2016 PTE-A Mock Exam A (L72 R56 S62 W69)
    26.11.2016 PTE-A Mock Exam B (L69 R61 S56 W69)
    28.11.2016 PTE-A Exam
    28.11.2016 PTE-A Results (L64 R73 S64 W68)
    10.02.2017 ACS Skill Assessment - Stage 1 - submit documents
    13.02.2017 ACS Skill Assessment - Stage 2
    14.02.2017 ACS Skill Assessment - Stage 3
    22.02.2017 ACS Skill Assessment - Submit updated document
    22.02.2017 ACS Skill Assessment - Stage 4
    03.03.2017 ACS Skill Assessment - Stage 5 - positive result!
    29.05.2017 PTE-A Exam
    29.05.2017 PTE-A Results (L78 R76 S66 W78)
    01.06.2017 Lodge EOI - Visa 189 (60 points)
    01.06.2017 Lodge EOI - Visa 190 (65 points) - NSW
    28.06.2017 Lodge EOI - Visa 190 (65 points) - Victoria
    19.07.2017 Lodge EOI - Visa 489 (70 points) - SA - on hold. high points required
    27.07.2017 Lodge EOI - Visa 489 (70 points) - Tasmania
    30.08.2017 Lodge Tasmania Application
    12.10.2017 Tasmania Application - CO assigned
    17.10.2017 Tasmania Application - denied :(

    --------------------------
    Web Developer (261212) | Age = 30 | Education = 15 | Experience = 10 | English = 10 | State = 10

    20.02.2018 ACS Skill Assessment Submit
    12.04.2018 ACS Skill Assessment Result - positive!
    01.08.2018 additional 5 points for experience
    15.08.2018 Lodge EOI - Visa 489 (75 points)
    16.08.2018 Lodge SA Application
    31.10.2018 ITA received for SA visa 489
    27.11.2018 Medical Exam at St. Luke's BGC
    29.11.2018 Medical Clearance Provided - no action required
    18.12.2018 Lodge visa
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  • gibo43gibo43 Morphett Vale, SATotal Reaction Points: 115Member
    Posts: 306
    Nice reference. We will also be in Adelaide soon :)
    ANZSCO 233513 | Production or Plant Engineer | Age :25, Education: 15, Employment: 15, PTE: 20| Total points = 75

    10.01.2016 | Interest in OZ migration ignited!
    03.03.2018 | Started PTE review through CEVAS (10 sessions).
    05.15.2018 | PTE A Test : LRSW|79/86/83/86
    06.06.2018 | Lodged EA Assessment.
    08.28.2018 | Received positive results from EA (wew)! All experiences credited.
    08.28.2018 | Lodged EOI for visa 189.
    09.10.2018 | Invitation to Apply (ITA) received.
    09.27.2018 | Lodged visa.
    10.08.2018 | Medical for dependents (no action required).
    10.22.2018 | Medical for main applicant (no action required).
    12.17.2018 | IMMI Assessment Commence Letter Received.
    12.19.2018 | Grant finally! ^_^
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  • ignormsignorms LagunaTotal Reaction Points: 29Member
    Posts: 85
    @BrizyFilo, gaano kalaki kaya ang idadagdag sa budget if family of 3?

    Off topic, SA din pala ang future location mo @gibo43 ? Kitakits tayo dun! Good luck sa BM!
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  • gibo43gibo43 Morphett Vale, SATotal Reaction Points: 115Member
    Posts: 306
    @ignorms yep! kita kits tayo dun ^_^
    ANZSCO 233513 | Production or Plant Engineer | Age :25, Education: 15, Employment: 15, PTE: 20| Total points = 75

    10.01.2016 | Interest in OZ migration ignited!
    03.03.2018 | Started PTE review through CEVAS (10 sessions).
    05.15.2018 | PTE A Test : LRSW|79/86/83/86
    06.06.2018 | Lodged EA Assessment.
    08.28.2018 | Received positive results from EA (wew)! All experiences credited.
    08.28.2018 | Lodged EOI for visa 189.
    09.10.2018 | Invitation to Apply (ITA) received.
    09.27.2018 | Lodged visa.
    10.08.2018 | Medical for dependents (no action required).
    10.22.2018 | Medical for main applicant (no action required).
    12.17.2018 | IMMI Assessment Commence Letter Received.
    12.19.2018 | Grant finally! ^_^
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  • chococrinklechococrinkle AdelaideTotal Reaction Points: 161Member
    Posts: 553
    Sharing our expected weekly expenses (2 adults + 2 kids) based on my research as well. Some of these are actual while those with (*) are expected pa lng.


    Food- 600 *
    Rent+water -1300
    Health Insurance- 241
    Mobile- 80(40 each)
    Electicity/gas-150 *
    Petrol - 100 *
    School misc - 100 *
    Home Misc-200 *
    Broadband- 70 *
    Car rego/insurance-150
    2014 -- start of Au dream
    06.07.14 -- IELTS LRWS 7.5/7.5/7.0/7.0
    07.18.14 -- positive skills assessment
    08.01.14 -- waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.15 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.16 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    06.07.17 -- expired IELTS
    07.18.17 -- expired skills assessment
    08.2017 -- learned high points via SA 489
    11.22.17 -- PTE Academic exam LRWS 90/79/90/90
    11.22.17 -- result of Vetassess assessment renewal
    11.30.17 -- EOI lodge SA 489 80 pts
    12.22.17 -- received SA invitation
    01.04.18 -- Visa Lodge SA 489
    01.19.18 -- Medicals
    04.10.18 -- Visa Grant (DG) Praise God!!!

    ***********
    PTE Writing Tips

    For writing essay I used E2 language format and applying what I learned from Ielts. Sa intro, sa 1st sentence ni restate ko lang yung question using my own words. Then sa 2nd sentence if one sided lang yung question, I give summary of the reasons ( 2 reasons only). Example, if ang essay is about importance of computers (one sided), eto 2nd sentence ko. Computers are valuable resources as they (1st reason) aid in learning and are (2nd reason) used to communicate with others. Then sa 3rd sentence sasabihin ko para pampahaba-- In this essay, I shall discuss my point of view by giving points and examples about the topic.

    Then sa 2nd paragraph, elaborate ko na ang 1St reason. Mga 2 sentences na magsupport sa 1st reason, like if yung 1st reason ko is aid in learning, expand ko ang topic by answering how computers aid in learning,etc. Usually yung reason mo convert mo by asking how, what, when, or who. Tapos sa 3rd sentence, I state examples. Pwede ka din mag add pa ng 4th sentence parang isummarize mo lang ang 2nd paragraph.

    Sa 3rd paragraph discuss naman ang 3rd reason same sa ginawa sa 2nd par.

    4Th paragraph 1st sentence conclusion, then 2nd sentence recommendation.

    If 2 sided naman yung intro pwede mo gamitin yung nasa template like kina Heprex na samples. Then yung 2nd par yung kabilang side, then yung 3rd paragraph yung other side. Tapos same last paragraph.

    If medyo nahihirapan ka sa mga ideas, research ka dito sa forum ng mga recent topics. Tapos based dun sa topic reasearch ka anong pwedeng maging points and reasons para may idea ka na ano ilalagay mo sa essay.

    Ang key talaga sa writing is dapat marami ka ideas. If nahihirapan ka mag construct ng idea try to research as much as possible. Google mo yung mga common or recent topics on pte writing tapos may mga sample questions dun,, then research mo ano possible answers para sa actual exam may idea kana ano isasagot. Tapos dpat familiarize mo mga connectors (like moreover, therefore, for instance, etc) kasi mas mataas ang grade kapag medyo complex ang sentence na ginagamit mo kesa simple sentences lang.

    For summarize written text strategy ko is to first get ano main topic. Then analyze what important points were given, may nangyari ba? If meron ano ang nangyari, kelan nangyari? ano at para kanino ang purpose? Usually kasi sa mga paragraphs naka detail lang pero yung point lang naman dun is parang dinedescribe lang yung main topic. If you can answer who/what, when, how and why about the topic pwede mo na pagdugtungin yung ideas mo thru connectors and form a sentence. If you will have multiple paragraphs, summarize mo muna per paragraph then summarize mo ulit lahat in one sentence

    Another tip also in writing as much as possible do not repeat the same words. If you dont have much stored knowledge about synonyms okay lang. Practice and Research is the key. Kaya malaki ang help sa akin yung pag research sa mga common or recent topics kasi while practicing pwede akong mghanap ng synonyms then mas madali ko syang ma recall sa actual exam kasi nagawa ko na sya before. Tapos if meron kayong word na ma encounter na parang hirap kayo mag elaborate, google nyo din anong synonym or phrases na pwedeng same meaning ng word. Share ko yung nilista kong mga synonyms na possible na magagamit sa mga essay kasi minsan these are the topics commonly asked.

    Essay synonyms

    Discuss- cite, mention, illustrate, narrate, elucidate, talk about

    Finally.. Concluded, In Summary

    Democracy- representative govt; elective govt; republic; commonwealth

    Vote- suffrage, ballot, poll, elect officials, select leaders, appoint, designate

    Leaders- officials, officer, commander, chief, head, principal of nations, pioneer, front runner

    Nature- mother earth, environment, wildlife, universe, cosmos, countryside, natural resources, natural world

    Environment- habitat, territory, domain, surroundings

    Teachers- educator, tutor, coach,guide, mentor, guru, professor, trainer, lecturer

    Computer- PC, laptop, netbook,desktop, terminal, mainframe

    Robot- automated individual, android, automaton, golem, bot, droid,

    Invention- creation, innovation, development, design

    Creative ability- inventive mind, originality, imagination, inspiration

    Airplane- plane, airliner, jet, plane

    Drugs- medicine, medication, remedy, cure, antidote

    Issue- matter, affairs, problem, difficulty, obstacle, predicament

    Information- details, particulars, facts, data, computing /computer

    Revolution- insurgence, transformation, innovation, revolt, uprising, restructuring

    Packaging- case, wrap

    Region, province, rural area, district, territory, district, area

    Boon- blessing, benefit, advantage

    Tourist- traveler, vacationer, visitor

    Tourism- visits to places of interest; commercial organization and operation of vacations; traveling to places; services provided to people for holidays

    Technology- invention, engineering, applied science, method, technical knowledge, undustrial science, mechanization

    Xenophobic- anti nationalist
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  • gibo43gibo43 Morphett Vale, SATotal Reaction Points: 115Member
    Posts: 306
    @chococrinkle yung sa rent+water po ba eh monthly rate nyo yun?
    ANZSCO 233513 | Production or Plant Engineer | Age :25, Education: 15, Employment: 15, PTE: 20| Total points = 75

    10.01.2016 | Interest in OZ migration ignited!
    03.03.2018 | Started PTE review through CEVAS (10 sessions).
    05.15.2018 | PTE A Test : LRSW|79/86/83/86
    06.06.2018 | Lodged EA Assessment.
    08.28.2018 | Received positive results from EA (wew)! All experiences credited.
    08.28.2018 | Lodged EOI for visa 189.
    09.10.2018 | Invitation to Apply (ITA) received.
    09.27.2018 | Lodged visa.
    10.08.2018 | Medical for dependents (no action required).
    10.22.2018 | Medical for main applicant (no action required).
    12.17.2018 | IMMI Assessment Commence Letter Received.
    12.19.2018 | Grant finally! ^_^
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  • chococrinklechococrinkle AdelaideTotal Reaction Points: 161Member
    Posts: 553
    @gibo43 Yes its monthly
    2014 -- start of Au dream
    06.07.14 -- IELTS LRWS 7.5/7.5/7.0/7.0
    07.18.14 -- positive skills assessment
    08.01.14 -- waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.15 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.16 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    06.07.17 -- expired IELTS
    07.18.17 -- expired skills assessment
    08.2017 -- learned high points via SA 489
    11.22.17 -- PTE Academic exam LRWS 90/79/90/90
    11.22.17 -- result of Vetassess assessment renewal
    11.30.17 -- EOI lodge SA 489 80 pts
    12.22.17 -- received SA invitation
    01.04.18 -- Visa Lodge SA 489
    01.19.18 -- Medicals
    04.10.18 -- Visa Grant (DG) Praise God!!!

    ***********
    PTE Writing Tips

    For writing essay I used E2 language format and applying what I learned from Ielts. Sa intro, sa 1st sentence ni restate ko lang yung question using my own words. Then sa 2nd sentence if one sided lang yung question, I give summary of the reasons ( 2 reasons only). Example, if ang essay is about importance of computers (one sided), eto 2nd sentence ko. Computers are valuable resources as they (1st reason) aid in learning and are (2nd reason) used to communicate with others. Then sa 3rd sentence sasabihin ko para pampahaba-- In this essay, I shall discuss my point of view by giving points and examples about the topic.

    Then sa 2nd paragraph, elaborate ko na ang 1St reason. Mga 2 sentences na magsupport sa 1st reason, like if yung 1st reason ko is aid in learning, expand ko ang topic by answering how computers aid in learning,etc. Usually yung reason mo convert mo by asking how, what, when, or who. Tapos sa 3rd sentence, I state examples. Pwede ka din mag add pa ng 4th sentence parang isummarize mo lang ang 2nd paragraph.

    Sa 3rd paragraph discuss naman ang 3rd reason same sa ginawa sa 2nd par.

    4Th paragraph 1st sentence conclusion, then 2nd sentence recommendation.

    If 2 sided naman yung intro pwede mo gamitin yung nasa template like kina Heprex na samples. Then yung 2nd par yung kabilang side, then yung 3rd paragraph yung other side. Tapos same last paragraph.

    If medyo nahihirapan ka sa mga ideas, research ka dito sa forum ng mga recent topics. Tapos based dun sa topic reasearch ka anong pwedeng maging points and reasons para may idea ka na ano ilalagay mo sa essay.

    Ang key talaga sa writing is dapat marami ka ideas. If nahihirapan ka mag construct ng idea try to research as much as possible. Google mo yung mga common or recent topics on pte writing tapos may mga sample questions dun,, then research mo ano possible answers para sa actual exam may idea kana ano isasagot. Tapos dpat familiarize mo mga connectors (like moreover, therefore, for instance, etc) kasi mas mataas ang grade kapag medyo complex ang sentence na ginagamit mo kesa simple sentences lang.

    For summarize written text strategy ko is to first get ano main topic. Then analyze what important points were given, may nangyari ba? If meron ano ang nangyari, kelan nangyari? ano at para kanino ang purpose? Usually kasi sa mga paragraphs naka detail lang pero yung point lang naman dun is parang dinedescribe lang yung main topic. If you can answer who/what, when, how and why about the topic pwede mo na pagdugtungin yung ideas mo thru connectors and form a sentence. If you will have multiple paragraphs, summarize mo muna per paragraph then summarize mo ulit lahat in one sentence

    Another tip also in writing as much as possible do not repeat the same words. If you dont have much stored knowledge about synonyms okay lang. Practice and Research is the key. Kaya malaki ang help sa akin yung pag research sa mga common or recent topics kasi while practicing pwede akong mghanap ng synonyms then mas madali ko syang ma recall sa actual exam kasi nagawa ko na sya before. Tapos if meron kayong word na ma encounter na parang hirap kayo mag elaborate, google nyo din anong synonym or phrases na pwedeng same meaning ng word. Share ko yung nilista kong mga synonyms na possible na magagamit sa mga essay kasi minsan these are the topics commonly asked.

    Essay synonyms

    Discuss- cite, mention, illustrate, narrate, elucidate, talk about

    Finally.. Concluded, In Summary

    Democracy- representative govt; elective govt; republic; commonwealth

    Vote- suffrage, ballot, poll, elect officials, select leaders, appoint, designate

    Leaders- officials, officer, commander, chief, head, principal of nations, pioneer, front runner

    Nature- mother earth, environment, wildlife, universe, cosmos, countryside, natural resources, natural world

    Environment- habitat, territory, domain, surroundings

    Teachers- educator, tutor, coach,guide, mentor, guru, professor, trainer, lecturer

    Computer- PC, laptop, netbook,desktop, terminal, mainframe

    Robot- automated individual, android, automaton, golem, bot, droid,

    Invention- creation, innovation, development, design

    Creative ability- inventive mind, originality, imagination, inspiration

    Airplane- plane, airliner, jet, plane

    Drugs- medicine, medication, remedy, cure, antidote

    Issue- matter, affairs, problem, difficulty, obstacle, predicament

    Information- details, particulars, facts, data, computing /computer

    Revolution- insurgence, transformation, innovation, revolt, uprising, restructuring

    Packaging- case, wrap

    Region, province, rural area, district, territory, district, area

    Boon- blessing, benefit, advantage

    Tourist- traveler, vacationer, visitor

    Tourism- visits to places of interest; commercial organization and operation of vacations; traveling to places; services provided to people for holidays

    Technology- invention, engineering, applied science, method, technical knowledge, undustrial science, mechanization

    Xenophobic- anti nationalist
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  • redphredph SingaporeTotal Reaction Points: 5Member
    Posts: 17

    Sharing our expected weekly expenses (2 adults + 2 kids) based on my research as well. Some of these are actual while those with (*) are expected pa lng.





    Food- 600 *

    Rent+water -1300

    Health Insurance- 241

    Mobile- 80(40 each)

    Electicity/gas-150 *

    Petrol - 100 *

    School misc - 100 *

    Home Misc-200 *

    Broadband- 70 *

    Car rego/insurance-150

    Hi @chococrinkle,

    Pwede po ba malaman ang following:

    1. Saan area kayo nag rent? House or Apartment?
    2. Ano pong insurance nyo? Full coverage?
    3. Ano po bang telco gamit nyo? Any issues?

    Thank you.
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  • chococrinklechococrinkle AdelaideTotal Reaction Points: 161Member
    Posts: 553
    @redph Hi! See below feedback.

    1. We found our unit (apartment) at camden park, its near my husband’s workplace.

    2. Basic family cover under bupa

    3. Optus. Prepaid plan 30 lang pala yung akin sa husband ko ang 40. Just got my new sim last week. For the 30, it includes 10 gig data and unli calls and text within Au, with $5 credit good for 28 days. Plus with 25 gig bonus for the first 3 recharge. There is also data and credit rollover when you recharge before expiry.
    2014 -- start of Au dream
    06.07.14 -- IELTS LRWS 7.5/7.5/7.0/7.0
    07.18.14 -- positive skills assessment
    08.01.14 -- waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.15 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.16 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    06.07.17 -- expired IELTS
    07.18.17 -- expired skills assessment
    08.2017 -- learned high points via SA 489
    11.22.17 -- PTE Academic exam LRWS 90/79/90/90
    11.22.17 -- result of Vetassess assessment renewal
    11.30.17 -- EOI lodge SA 489 80 pts
    12.22.17 -- received SA invitation
    01.04.18 -- Visa Lodge SA 489
    01.19.18 -- Medicals
    04.10.18 -- Visa Grant (DG) Praise God!!!

    ***********
    PTE Writing Tips

    For writing essay I used E2 language format and applying what I learned from Ielts. Sa intro, sa 1st sentence ni restate ko lang yung question using my own words. Then sa 2nd sentence if one sided lang yung question, I give summary of the reasons ( 2 reasons only). Example, if ang essay is about importance of computers (one sided), eto 2nd sentence ko. Computers are valuable resources as they (1st reason) aid in learning and are (2nd reason) used to communicate with others. Then sa 3rd sentence sasabihin ko para pampahaba-- In this essay, I shall discuss my point of view by giving points and examples about the topic.

    Then sa 2nd paragraph, elaborate ko na ang 1St reason. Mga 2 sentences na magsupport sa 1st reason, like if yung 1st reason ko is aid in learning, expand ko ang topic by answering how computers aid in learning,etc. Usually yung reason mo convert mo by asking how, what, when, or who. Tapos sa 3rd sentence, I state examples. Pwede ka din mag add pa ng 4th sentence parang isummarize mo lang ang 2nd paragraph.

    Sa 3rd paragraph discuss naman ang 3rd reason same sa ginawa sa 2nd par.

    4Th paragraph 1st sentence conclusion, then 2nd sentence recommendation.

    If 2 sided naman yung intro pwede mo gamitin yung nasa template like kina Heprex na samples. Then yung 2nd par yung kabilang side, then yung 3rd paragraph yung other side. Tapos same last paragraph.

    If medyo nahihirapan ka sa mga ideas, research ka dito sa forum ng mga recent topics. Tapos based dun sa topic reasearch ka anong pwedeng maging points and reasons para may idea ka na ano ilalagay mo sa essay.

    Ang key talaga sa writing is dapat marami ka ideas. If nahihirapan ka mag construct ng idea try to research as much as possible. Google mo yung mga common or recent topics on pte writing tapos may mga sample questions dun,, then research mo ano possible answers para sa actual exam may idea kana ano isasagot. Tapos dpat familiarize mo mga connectors (like moreover, therefore, for instance, etc) kasi mas mataas ang grade kapag medyo complex ang sentence na ginagamit mo kesa simple sentences lang.

    For summarize written text strategy ko is to first get ano main topic. Then analyze what important points were given, may nangyari ba? If meron ano ang nangyari, kelan nangyari? ano at para kanino ang purpose? Usually kasi sa mga paragraphs naka detail lang pero yung point lang naman dun is parang dinedescribe lang yung main topic. If you can answer who/what, when, how and why about the topic pwede mo na pagdugtungin yung ideas mo thru connectors and form a sentence. If you will have multiple paragraphs, summarize mo muna per paragraph then summarize mo ulit lahat in one sentence

    Another tip also in writing as much as possible do not repeat the same words. If you dont have much stored knowledge about synonyms okay lang. Practice and Research is the key. Kaya malaki ang help sa akin yung pag research sa mga common or recent topics kasi while practicing pwede akong mghanap ng synonyms then mas madali ko syang ma recall sa actual exam kasi nagawa ko na sya before. Tapos if meron kayong word na ma encounter na parang hirap kayo mag elaborate, google nyo din anong synonym or phrases na pwedeng same meaning ng word. Share ko yung nilista kong mga synonyms na possible na magagamit sa mga essay kasi minsan these are the topics commonly asked.

    Essay synonyms

    Discuss- cite, mention, illustrate, narrate, elucidate, talk about

    Finally.. Concluded, In Summary

    Democracy- representative govt; elective govt; republic; commonwealth

    Vote- suffrage, ballot, poll, elect officials, select leaders, appoint, designate

    Leaders- officials, officer, commander, chief, head, principal of nations, pioneer, front runner

    Nature- mother earth, environment, wildlife, universe, cosmos, countryside, natural resources, natural world

    Environment- habitat, territory, domain, surroundings

    Teachers- educator, tutor, coach,guide, mentor, guru, professor, trainer, lecturer

    Computer- PC, laptop, netbook,desktop, terminal, mainframe

    Robot- automated individual, android, automaton, golem, bot, droid,

    Invention- creation, innovation, development, design

    Creative ability- inventive mind, originality, imagination, inspiration

    Airplane- plane, airliner, jet, plane

    Drugs- medicine, medication, remedy, cure, antidote

    Issue- matter, affairs, problem, difficulty, obstacle, predicament

    Information- details, particulars, facts, data, computing /computer

    Revolution- insurgence, transformation, innovation, revolt, uprising, restructuring

    Packaging- case, wrap

    Region, province, rural area, district, territory, district, area

    Boon- blessing, benefit, advantage

    Tourist- traveler, vacationer, visitor

    Tourism- visits to places of interest; commercial organization and operation of vacations; traveling to places; services provided to people for holidays

    Technology- invention, engineering, applied science, method, technical knowledge, undustrial science, mechanization

    Xenophobic- anti nationalist
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    Maraming salamat @chococrinkle!
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  • magueromaguero PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 81Member
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    @chococrinkle Naka-1 month na po ba kayo sa SA? Ano ang mga initial impressions mo sa lugar? Para lang magka-idea kami what to expect. Medyo OT nga lang dito.
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  • chococrinklechococrinkle AdelaideTotal Reaction Points: 161Member
    Posts: 553
    @maguero Hi! Naka vacation mode pa din kami ng mga kids dito sa Sydney. Sunday pa kami lipad to adl, si husband pa lang nauna. Mag update ako once nandun na kami. :-)
    2014 -- start of Au dream
    06.07.14 -- IELTS LRWS 7.5/7.5/7.0/7.0
    07.18.14 -- positive skills assessment
    08.01.14 -- waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.15 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.16 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    06.07.17 -- expired IELTS
    07.18.17 -- expired skills assessment
    08.2017 -- learned high points via SA 489
    11.22.17 -- PTE Academic exam LRWS 90/79/90/90
    11.22.17 -- result of Vetassess assessment renewal
    11.30.17 -- EOI lodge SA 489 80 pts
    12.22.17 -- received SA invitation
    01.04.18 -- Visa Lodge SA 489
    01.19.18 -- Medicals
    04.10.18 -- Visa Grant (DG) Praise God!!!

    ***********
    PTE Writing Tips

    For writing essay I used E2 language format and applying what I learned from Ielts. Sa intro, sa 1st sentence ni restate ko lang yung question using my own words. Then sa 2nd sentence if one sided lang yung question, I give summary of the reasons ( 2 reasons only). Example, if ang essay is about importance of computers (one sided), eto 2nd sentence ko. Computers are valuable resources as they (1st reason) aid in learning and are (2nd reason) used to communicate with others. Then sa 3rd sentence sasabihin ko para pampahaba-- In this essay, I shall discuss my point of view by giving points and examples about the topic.

    Then sa 2nd paragraph, elaborate ko na ang 1St reason. Mga 2 sentences na magsupport sa 1st reason, like if yung 1st reason ko is aid in learning, expand ko ang topic by answering how computers aid in learning,etc. Usually yung reason mo convert mo by asking how, what, when, or who. Tapos sa 3rd sentence, I state examples. Pwede ka din mag add pa ng 4th sentence parang isummarize mo lang ang 2nd paragraph.

    Sa 3rd paragraph discuss naman ang 3rd reason same sa ginawa sa 2nd par.

    4Th paragraph 1st sentence conclusion, then 2nd sentence recommendation.

    If 2 sided naman yung intro pwede mo gamitin yung nasa template like kina Heprex na samples. Then yung 2nd par yung kabilang side, then yung 3rd paragraph yung other side. Tapos same last paragraph.

    If medyo nahihirapan ka sa mga ideas, research ka dito sa forum ng mga recent topics. Tapos based dun sa topic reasearch ka anong pwedeng maging points and reasons para may idea ka na ano ilalagay mo sa essay.

    Ang key talaga sa writing is dapat marami ka ideas. If nahihirapan ka mag construct ng idea try to research as much as possible. Google mo yung mga common or recent topics on pte writing tapos may mga sample questions dun,, then research mo ano possible answers para sa actual exam may idea kana ano isasagot. Tapos dpat familiarize mo mga connectors (like moreover, therefore, for instance, etc) kasi mas mataas ang grade kapag medyo complex ang sentence na ginagamit mo kesa simple sentences lang.

    For summarize written text strategy ko is to first get ano main topic. Then analyze what important points were given, may nangyari ba? If meron ano ang nangyari, kelan nangyari? ano at para kanino ang purpose? Usually kasi sa mga paragraphs naka detail lang pero yung point lang naman dun is parang dinedescribe lang yung main topic. If you can answer who/what, when, how and why about the topic pwede mo na pagdugtungin yung ideas mo thru connectors and form a sentence. If you will have multiple paragraphs, summarize mo muna per paragraph then summarize mo ulit lahat in one sentence

    Another tip also in writing as much as possible do not repeat the same words. If you dont have much stored knowledge about synonyms okay lang. Practice and Research is the key. Kaya malaki ang help sa akin yung pag research sa mga common or recent topics kasi while practicing pwede akong mghanap ng synonyms then mas madali ko syang ma recall sa actual exam kasi nagawa ko na sya before. Tapos if meron kayong word na ma encounter na parang hirap kayo mag elaborate, google nyo din anong synonym or phrases na pwedeng same meaning ng word. Share ko yung nilista kong mga synonyms na possible na magagamit sa mga essay kasi minsan these are the topics commonly asked.

    Essay synonyms

    Discuss- cite, mention, illustrate, narrate, elucidate, talk about

    Finally.. Concluded, In Summary

    Democracy- representative govt; elective govt; republic; commonwealth

    Vote- suffrage, ballot, poll, elect officials, select leaders, appoint, designate

    Leaders- officials, officer, commander, chief, head, principal of nations, pioneer, front runner

    Nature- mother earth, environment, wildlife, universe, cosmos, countryside, natural resources, natural world

    Environment- habitat, territory, domain, surroundings

    Teachers- educator, tutor, coach,guide, mentor, guru, professor, trainer, lecturer

    Computer- PC, laptop, netbook,desktop, terminal, mainframe

    Robot- automated individual, android, automaton, golem, bot, droid,

    Invention- creation, innovation, development, design

    Creative ability- inventive mind, originality, imagination, inspiration

    Airplane- plane, airliner, jet, plane

    Drugs- medicine, medication, remedy, cure, antidote

    Issue- matter, affairs, problem, difficulty, obstacle, predicament

    Information- details, particulars, facts, data, computing /computer

    Revolution- insurgence, transformation, innovation, revolt, uprising, restructuring

    Packaging- case, wrap

    Region, province, rural area, district, territory, district, area

    Boon- blessing, benefit, advantage

    Tourist- traveler, vacationer, visitor

    Tourism- visits to places of interest; commercial organization and operation of vacations; traveling to places; services provided to people for holidays

    Technology- invention, engineering, applied science, method, technical knowledge, undustrial science, mechanization

    Xenophobic- anti nationalist
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  • chococrinklechococrinkle AdelaideTotal Reaction Points: 161Member
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    Sorry this is monthly pala

    Sharing our expected MONTHLY expenses (2 adults + 2 kids) based on my research as well. Some of these are actual while those with (*) are expected pa lng.


    Food- 600 *
    Rent+water -1300
    Health Insurance- 241
    Mobile- 80(40 each)
    Electicity/gas-150 *
    Petrol - 100 *
    School misc - 100 *
    Home Misc-200 *
    Broadband- 70 *
    Car rego/insurance-150
    2014 -- start of Au dream
    06.07.14 -- IELTS LRWS 7.5/7.5/7.0/7.0
    07.18.14 -- positive skills assessment
    08.01.14 -- waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.15 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    08.01.16 -- still waiting for occupation in ACT to open
    06.07.17 -- expired IELTS
    07.18.17 -- expired skills assessment
    08.2017 -- learned high points via SA 489
    11.22.17 -- PTE Academic exam LRWS 90/79/90/90
    11.22.17 -- result of Vetassess assessment renewal
    11.30.17 -- EOI lodge SA 489 80 pts
    12.22.17 -- received SA invitation
    01.04.18 -- Visa Lodge SA 489
    01.19.18 -- Medicals
    04.10.18 -- Visa Grant (DG) Praise God!!!

    ***********
    PTE Writing Tips

    For writing essay I used E2 language format and applying what I learned from Ielts. Sa intro, sa 1st sentence ni restate ko lang yung question using my own words. Then sa 2nd sentence if one sided lang yung question, I give summary of the reasons ( 2 reasons only). Example, if ang essay is about importance of computers (one sided), eto 2nd sentence ko. Computers are valuable resources as they (1st reason) aid in learning and are (2nd reason) used to communicate with others. Then sa 3rd sentence sasabihin ko para pampahaba-- In this essay, I shall discuss my point of view by giving points and examples about the topic.

    Then sa 2nd paragraph, elaborate ko na ang 1St reason. Mga 2 sentences na magsupport sa 1st reason, like if yung 1st reason ko is aid in learning, expand ko ang topic by answering how computers aid in learning,etc. Usually yung reason mo convert mo by asking how, what, when, or who. Tapos sa 3rd sentence, I state examples. Pwede ka din mag add pa ng 4th sentence parang isummarize mo lang ang 2nd paragraph.

    Sa 3rd paragraph discuss naman ang 3rd reason same sa ginawa sa 2nd par.

    4Th paragraph 1st sentence conclusion, then 2nd sentence recommendation.

    If 2 sided naman yung intro pwede mo gamitin yung nasa template like kina Heprex na samples. Then yung 2nd par yung kabilang side, then yung 3rd paragraph yung other side. Tapos same last paragraph.

    If medyo nahihirapan ka sa mga ideas, research ka dito sa forum ng mga recent topics. Tapos based dun sa topic reasearch ka anong pwedeng maging points and reasons para may idea ka na ano ilalagay mo sa essay.

    Ang key talaga sa writing is dapat marami ka ideas. If nahihirapan ka mag construct ng idea try to research as much as possible. Google mo yung mga common or recent topics on pte writing tapos may mga sample questions dun,, then research mo ano possible answers para sa actual exam may idea kana ano isasagot. Tapos dpat familiarize mo mga connectors (like moreover, therefore, for instance, etc) kasi mas mataas ang grade kapag medyo complex ang sentence na ginagamit mo kesa simple sentences lang.

    For summarize written text strategy ko is to first get ano main topic. Then analyze what important points were given, may nangyari ba? If meron ano ang nangyari, kelan nangyari? ano at para kanino ang purpose? Usually kasi sa mga paragraphs naka detail lang pero yung point lang naman dun is parang dinedescribe lang yung main topic. If you can answer who/what, when, how and why about the topic pwede mo na pagdugtungin yung ideas mo thru connectors and form a sentence. If you will have multiple paragraphs, summarize mo muna per paragraph then summarize mo ulit lahat in one sentence

    Another tip also in writing as much as possible do not repeat the same words. If you dont have much stored knowledge about synonyms okay lang. Practice and Research is the key. Kaya malaki ang help sa akin yung pag research sa mga common or recent topics kasi while practicing pwede akong mghanap ng synonyms then mas madali ko syang ma recall sa actual exam kasi nagawa ko na sya before. Tapos if meron kayong word na ma encounter na parang hirap kayo mag elaborate, google nyo din anong synonym or phrases na pwedeng same meaning ng word. Share ko yung nilista kong mga synonyms na possible na magagamit sa mga essay kasi minsan these are the topics commonly asked.

    Essay synonyms

    Discuss- cite, mention, illustrate, narrate, elucidate, talk about

    Finally.. Concluded, In Summary

    Democracy- representative govt; elective govt; republic; commonwealth

    Vote- suffrage, ballot, poll, elect officials, select leaders, appoint, designate

    Leaders- officials, officer, commander, chief, head, principal of nations, pioneer, front runner

    Nature- mother earth, environment, wildlife, universe, cosmos, countryside, natural resources, natural world

    Environment- habitat, territory, domain, surroundings

    Teachers- educator, tutor, coach,guide, mentor, guru, professor, trainer, lecturer

    Computer- PC, laptop, netbook,desktop, terminal, mainframe

    Robot- automated individual, android, automaton, golem, bot, droid,

    Invention- creation, innovation, development, design

    Creative ability- inventive mind, originality, imagination, inspiration

    Airplane- plane, airliner, jet, plane

    Drugs- medicine, medication, remedy, cure, antidote

    Issue- matter, affairs, problem, difficulty, obstacle, predicament

    Information- details, particulars, facts, data, computing /computer

    Revolution- insurgence, transformation, innovation, revolt, uprising, restructuring

    Packaging- case, wrap

    Region, province, rural area, district, territory, district, area

    Boon- blessing, benefit, advantage

    Tourist- traveler, vacationer, visitor

    Tourism- visits to places of interest; commercial organization and operation of vacations; traveling to places; services provided to people for holidays

    Technology- invention, engineering, applied science, method, technical knowledge, undustrial science, mechanization

    Xenophobic- anti nationalist
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