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IELTS and examining in Romania?

 
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:52 am    Post subject: IELTS and examining in Romania? Reply with quote

Are there opportunities to do this in Romania to earn extra income? I know that in some countries, like China, teachers can nearly double their salary.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rates of pay are quite low, from what I hear. No doubling of salaries, unless the salaries are already breadline level. Could be wrong, but that is what my colleagues in Russia who've been there tell me.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HOw low is low?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Russia it's about 4 or 5 euro per test. Less in Rumania, so I hear. You'd have to be doing a lot of tests to make a tidy sum, but at a maximum of 4 tests per hour, you'd be hard pressed to double your salary. Though maybe Rumanian salaries are worse than I have heard...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
In Russia it's about 4 or 5 euro per test. Less in Rumania, so I hear. You'd have to be doing a lot of tests to make a tidy sum, but at a maximum of 4 tests per hour, you'd be hard pressed to double your salary. Though maybe Rumanian salaries are worse than I have heard...


MOre than I made in Peru for Cambridge tests.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cambridge has always paid less than IELTS. But then there are two examiners in Cambridge - so half the money!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Half the work too Smile I guess IELTS would be a step up then in pay.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dunno about the half the work part. Despite having a co-examiner, I found Cambridge testing just as trying as IELTS. Too many finicky bits of paper to be shuffled and filled in. Too many folders of materials to be flipped open at the appropriate juncture etc. The same travelling time and expense to the test centre. The same hassles extracting payment due.

Big yawn after the first couple of hundred tests....
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That reflects my experience with IELTS. I did it in Bahrain and Khobar for a while before deciding that "Le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle."

It impressed my colleagues though.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is such a wonderfully diplomatic phrase! Ah, French, eh? My own expression of how unworthwhile it all is involves a rather more earthy phrase involving the word 'pot' and an Anglo-Saxon word for micturition.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The British Council are always looking for examiners, but the catch is that they will only hire you if you can issue a receipt, which will be a problem if you are working as a teacher and don't have your own business.
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