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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?

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

How are scores given?

IELTSIELTS 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.
TOEFLAn overall score out of 120 (each paper is marked out of 30).
PTE AcademicThe range for the overall score is 10-90 points.
OETGraded 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?

IELTSYour Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 calendar days after your test date. All test centres 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 centres provide SMS alerts and an online results service.
TOEFLYour 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 AcademicPTE Academic delivers results in five business days
OETResults 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?

IELTSPaper Test
TOEFLPaper/ online (TOEFL ibt internet version)
PTE AcademicComputer
OETPaper 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 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:

PointsLevel of English
No points awardedCompetent
10 PointsProficient
20 PointsSuperior

Cost of English tests in Australia

IELTSAU$ 340 + $34 (GST if applicable)
PTE AcademicAU$ 340 (Inclusive of GST)
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 levelIELTSTOEFL iBTPTE AcademicOETCambridge (CAE)
Vocational5.0Listening & Reading 4.0
Writing & Speaking 14
Competent6.0Listening: 12 Reading: 13
Writing: 21 Speaking: 18
Proficient (for points tested
Skilled visas)
7.0Listening & Reading: 24
Writing: 27 Speaking: 23
Superior (for points tested
Skilled visas)
8.0Listening: 28 Reading: 29
Writing: 30 Speaking: 26

How many components are there?

IELTS has four componentsTOEFL has four componentsPTE Academic has three main partsOET has four componentsCambridge (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 minutesTotal test time: 4 hours 30 minutesTotal test time: 3 hours 50 minutesTotal test time: 3 hours and 55 minutes

Student Visas

English language test providersMinimum scoreMinimum 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)5.554.5
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)423630
TOEFL internet-based test463532
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)162154147
Occupational English TestB for each test componentN/AN/A

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