Alternative English Language tests for visa applicants

From 23 November 2014, the department will accept English language test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident, and Work and Holiday visa program. These tests are alternatives to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET), and have been accepted in the Student visa program since 2011. Student visa applicants can continue to provide scores from the IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) tests. From January 2015 Scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test will also be accepted. The tests will have a validity period of three years. You can lodge an application after 23rd November 2014 using one of the above tests given within last 3 years. Following visa sub-classes have been affected by the alternative English language test:

  • Graduate Temporary Subclass 485
  • General Skilled Migration
  • Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
  • Business Migration

Detailed actual version of the regulation is available on the following link:

  1. Migration Regulations 1994 – Specification of Language Tests, Score and Passports – IMMI 14/076
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