From 23 November 2014, IELTS is no longer the only way for proving english ability for migration purposes.

Migration Regulations 1994 – Specification of Evidence of Functional English Language Proficiency, specifies the following tests and scores for demonstrating functional English:engrish

  • An average score of at least 4.5 in an IELTS test.
  • A total band score of at least 32 in a TOEFL iBT test 
  • An overall band score of 30 in a Pearsons (PTE) test

The new arrangement only applies for the following visa programmes

Temporary GraduateSkilled
Former Resident
Work and Holiday

The Test of English as a Foreign Language internet based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) have been added to the IELTS and OET tests for these visa programmes. The Cambridge English (Advanced (CAE) test will be also accepted from 1 January 2015.

Creative commons acknowledgement for the photograph




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