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IELTS/PTE Assistance for Australian Visas

We provide IELTS/PTE Assistance to qualify for the various Australian visas.

What are the English language requirements for Australian visas?

In order to apply for general skilled, employer-sponsored, business, or student visas, applicants need to demonstrate that they have the required English language ability.
Depending on the visa you are applying for, you can prove that your English language ability through one of the following means:

  • Providing evidence that you have studied in English for at least five years in one or more of the following countries: Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
  • Providing evidence of being enrolled by your education provider
  • Providing evidence of having passed an approved English language test.

Which English Tests are accepted by the Department of Home Affairs?

The DHA accepts scores from the following English tests:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Cambridge Advanced

When and where can you appear for the English tests?

IELTS Up to 48 times a year in over 900 locations in 130 countries worldwide.
TOEFL Up to 50 times a year in 9,000 test locations in 130 countries
PTE Academic Up to 363 times a year in over 200 locations worldwide.
OET Up to 10 times a year in 30 countries
Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Up to 3 times per month in 130 countries

How are the scores given?

IELTS IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.
TOEFL An overall score out of 120 (each paper is marked out of 30).
PTE Academic The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.
OET Graded A (highest) to E (lowest) for each sub-test.
Cambridge (CAE) The range for the overall score is 180-210 points.

How long does it take for the results to be published?

IELTS Your Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 calendar days after your test date. All test centers will post your Test Report Form to you. Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy. Some test centers provide SMS alerts and an online results service.
TOEFL Your scores will be posted electronically only unless you request a paper copy by selecting that option when you register which can take 10 days after your test date.
PTE Academic PTE Academic delivers results in five business days
OET Results are published online approximately 15 business days after the test
Cambridge (CAE) Your Statement of Results is released online, approximately four to six weeks after the exam for paper-based exams, and two to three weeks after the exam for computer-based exams.

How are the tests administered?

IELTS Paper Test
TOEFL Paper/ online (TOEFL ibt internet version)
PTE Academic Computer
OET Paper Test
Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Computer or paper-based

How long are the English test results valid for?

Tests conducted up to 3 years prior to lodgement of an application will be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.

The only exception to this is for functional English – this requires testing to have been done at most 12 months before lodgement.

Level of English

You will need to show at least a competent level of English for most general skilled and employer-sponsored visas. You will need to show vocational/competent English for most business visas. You do not have to demonstrate your English language ability if you are applying for any type of family visa.

Points awarded for English language skills for General Skilled Visas:

Points Level of English
No points awarded Competent
10 Points Proficient
20 Points Superior

Cost of English tests in Australia

IELTS AU$ 340 + $34 (GST if applicable)
PTE Academic AU$ 340 (Inclusive of GST)
OET AU$587.00
Cambridge Advanced (CAE) AU$ 320

A summary of test score equivalencies for all English language tests accepted by the Department of Home Affairs is provided below:

English Language proficiency level IELTS TOEFL iBT PTE Academic OET Cambridge (CAE)
Vocational 5.0 Listening & Reading 4.0
Writing & Speaking 14
36 B 154
Competent 6.0 Listening: 12 Reading: 13
Writing: 21 Speaking: 18
50 B 169
Proficient (for points tested
Skilled visas)
7.0 Listening & Reading: 24
Writing: 27 Speaking: 23
65 B 185
Superior (for points tested
Skilled visas)
8.0 Listening: 28 Reading: 29
Writing: 30 Speaking: 26
79 A 200

How many components are there?

IELTS has four components TOEFL has four components PTE Academic has three main parts OET has four components Cambridge (CAE) has four components
Listening: (30 minutes) Reading: (60 – 100 minutes) Speaking and writing: (77- 93 minutes) Reading: (60 minutes) Reading and Use of English: (1 hour 30 minutes)
Reading: (60 minutes) Listening: (60 – 90 minutes) Reading: (32- 41 minutes) Listening: (50 minutes) Writing: (1 hour 30 minutes)
Writing: (60 minutes) Speaking: (60 – 100 minutes) Listening: (45 – 57 minutes) Speaking: (20 minutes) Listening: (about 40 minutes)
Speaking: (11–14 minutes) Writing: (50 minutes)   Writing: (45 minutes) Speaking: (15 minutes per pair of candidates)
Total test time: 2 hours 45 minutes Total test time: 4 hours 30 minutes   Total test time: 3 hours 50 minutes Total test time: 3 hours and 55 minutes

Student Visas

English language test providers Minimum score Minimum score and at least 10 weeks English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Minimum score and at least 20 weeks ELICOS
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 5 4.5
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 42 36 30
TOEFL internet-based test 46 35 32
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162 154 147
Occupational English Test B for each test component N/A N/A

How can Better Life Migration help you?

We offer PTE or IELTS Assistance by the way of online resources and training to help you get the desired results.

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