Irish vet fails computerised English oral test, despite being fluent


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Call it a case of lost in translation if you like, but Australian English has given one Irish vet quite the headache.

Louise Kennedy, a vet who has been working in Queensland, Australia, but is originally from Wicklow, Ireland, failed an English fluency test despite being native in the language, according to the Irish Independent.

In Australia, skilled migrants need to complete an English proficiency test in order to apply for permanent residency. 

Kennedy opted for the Pearson Test of English to prove her language ability, which has an oral component that is scored by a computer. But to her surprise the oral part of the exam returned a 74, when she needed a 79 to pass. Read more...

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