Which English language tests ✍️ are accepted by Australian Immigration

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Australian Department of Home Affairs accepts the following English language tests:

English Language proficiency levelTest componentIELTSTOEFL iBTPTE AcademicCambridge English: Advanced (CAE)OET (for doctors and nurses only)
FunctionalAverage/total/overall across test components only4.53230147n/a
VocationalListening5436154B
VocationalReading5436154B
VocationalWriting51436154B
VocationalSpea​king51436154B
CompetentListening61250169B
CompetentReading61350169B
CompetentWriting62150169B
CompetentSpeaking61850169B
ProficientListening72465185B
ProficientReading72465185B
ProficientWriting72765185B
ProficientSpeaking72365185B
SuperiorListening82879200A
SuperiorReading82979200A
SuperiorWriting83079200A
SuperiorSpeaking82679200A

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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:

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Cambridge CAE
  • Pearson (PTE)
  • OET (only for healthcare)

Results of the test

  • Bands
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Listening
    • Speaking
  • Overall

Family visas

English is not a criterium

482 visa

  • 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.

Student visa

  • 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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