English Language Requirements

All future migrants and most future students in Australia must meet a certain level of English Language proficiency.

For student visas that require English Language proof there are few tests that are accepted by the Australian Government.

The most common tests are IELTS & OET, and these test results are accepted from all countries. From countries where these tests are not available, the Australian Government also may accept:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based test (TOEFL iBT).
  • The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic.
  • The Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English).
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper-Based test (TOEFL pBT).
  • The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic.

Test score equivalencies for students visas are available from the Australian Immigration Website.

The Occupational English Test (OET) is a language test for practitioners who have qualified and practice their profession in one country and wish to reach temporary registration to practice their profession in a different country which has an English-speaking environment. OET measures English language proficiency as it is utilized in medical and health professions. It’s composed to guarantee that language competency is evaluated in a relevant professional context.

The International English Language Testing System (IELST) is the most recognized English Language Test in Australia. If you plan on studying or working in a country where communication is in English, IELTS is the most suitable test for you. Whether you want to immigrate, study or practice your profession, and your first language is not English, IELTS preparations are very important in preparing you for your future test.

The four components of IELTS, speaking, reading, writing and listening are the foundation by which the language skills of the applicant are demonstrated.

The IELTS test is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP, IELTS Australia, and the examination department of the University of Cambridge.

The IELTS exam can be taken in two formats:

  • Academic Module: The Academic format is for people who wish to study in English speaking universities or institutions for postgraduate or continued education programs. Entry to undergraduate and graduate programs is based on the test results.
  • General Module: This format focuses on basic skills in social and work environments. Primarily focuses on people heading for English speaking countries in order to complete school, gain experience or to participate in vocational training programs. People who immigrate to Australia must take the test.

The IELTS Test is valid for three years for migration purposes.

There are four principal levels of English Language Proficiency in the Australian Migration Framework:

  • Superior English– Applicants are placed in this level if they score a minimum of 8 out of maximum 9 in their IELTS test score in all 4 tests, or a minimum grade of `A´ for each of the four components of the OET test. Applicants of this level are awarded the maximum 20 points in the GSM points test.
  • Proficient English– Applicants who score a minimum of 7 in their IELTS test score in each of the 4 components, or a minimum grade of `B´ for each of the four components of the OET test are included in this skill level. Applicants of this level are awarded 10 points in the GSM points test.
  • Competent English– Applicant of this level are the ones who have an IELTS test score of at least 6 for each of the 4 components of the test, or a minimum grade of `B´ for each of the four components of the OET test. Applicants in this level are not granted any points in the GSM points test anymore.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper-Based test (TOEFL pBT).
  • Vocational English – Applicants with an IELTS score of at least 5 in each of the 4 components of the test, or a minimum grade of `B´ for each of the four components of the OET test are included in this level. This is the minimum English Language Requirement for Skilled sponsored applicants and a requirement for the Employer nomination scheme.

IELTS Exam Test Centres

There are around 50 IELTS Exam Test Centres in Australia, and over 800 IELTS Test Centres Worldwide. The main IELTS Web Site permits you to book your IELTS exam all around Australia.

If you are in Australia, you can find the closest IELTS testing centre HERE.

OET Exam Test Centres

The OET Exam Tests are also available in many places around the world. The best way to see if an OET is testing near your location is to check the official website of OET.