Australian Department of Home Affairs accepts the following English language tests:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Occupational English Test (OET)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English).
|English Language proficiency level||Test component||IELTS||TOEFL iBT||PTE Academic||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)||OET (for doctors and nurses only)|
|Functional||Average/total/overall across test components only||4.5||32||30||147||n/a|
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Exemptions from an English test:
- Holders of passports: Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand – all visas
- For some work visas and student visas studying in English on prescribed schooling level at least 5 years should do the trick
- Labor agreement – depends on the agreement between Australian Government Agency and a company sponsoring for a visa
- Level of salary – for some work visas where a sponsor is an overseas business English might not be required.
Tests accepted by a department:
- TOEFL iBT
- Cambridge CAE
- Pearson (PTE)
- OET (only for healthcare)
Results of the test
English is not a criterium
- 4-year visa – Vocational
- 2-year visa – IELTS 5 overall, any band not less than 4.5 (or equivalent)
186 & 187 visas
- Direct Entry – competent
- TRT – competent or 5 years study
Skilled 189, 190 and 489 visas
- Minimum competent.
- 5.5 academic
- If 5.0 10 weeks of ELICOS required
- If 4.5 20 weeks of ELICOS required
- There are some exemptions
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