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English Language Test Requirements

English Test?

Australia aims to attract migrants that have proficient English skills. Various approved English Language tests are used to determine your ability, and test four main areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking. In order to meet the Department of Immigration's (DIBP) points test you will need to complete an approved test at the required level.

[Self-assessment: We have introduced a few grammatical and spelling mistakes into the text below for you to gauge if the test is going to be a problem for you, or not. Please read on, spot as many mistakes as possible and self-assess yourself using our self-assessment scale at the end of this page.]

A basic criteria for all skilled visas is meeting the English language requirement. Citizens' of the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and the United States all meet the basic English requirement by virtue of their citizenship. All other applicants must sit either IELTS, TOEFL, OET , Cambridge or Pearsons English Tests, however, even for applicants who meet the basic English criteria. Because of there citizenship, performing well on the English test provides additional points on the visa points test. This can be important in both meeting the minimum pass mark and scoring as many points as possible to ensure the best chance of being selected through SkillSelect to receive an invitation to apply.

Since the introduction of the new English tests on 23rd November 2014, the department now alocates points for English under skilled migration, as follows:

Compitent English – can lodge a skilled visa but cannot claim points for the Points Test
IELTS – 6 in each of the four sections
TOEFL iBT – Speaking 18, Reading 13, Writting 21, Listening 12
Pearson (PTE Academic) – at least 50 for the four components
Cambridge – a score of at least 169 in each of the four components
Alternatively, produce a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland

Profficient English - can lodge a skilled visa and claim 10 points for the Points Test
IELTS – 7 in each of the four sections
TOEFL iBT – Speaking 23, Reading 24, Writting 27, Listening 24
Pearson (PTE Academic) – at least 65 for the four components
Cambridge – a score of at least 185 in each of the four components
OET (for medical professionals) - B in each of the four sections

Superior English – can lodge a skilled visa and claim 20 points for the Points Test
IELTS – 8 in each of the four sections
TOEFL iBT – Speaking 26, Reading 29, Writting 30, Listening 28
Pearson (PTE Academic) – at least 79 for the four test components
Cambridge – a score of at least 200 in each of the four components
OET (for medical proffesionals) - A in each of the four section

For native English speaker's, sitting the English test is a fairly straight forward way to earn additional points and will be necessary in order to meet the minimum pass mark in most case. An approved English test needs to be taken (and passed) before submitting an Expression of Interest

By undertaking our free visa evaluation, we can advice weather sitting the English test is necessary to meet the pass mark. If writting the test out of neccessity, or choice, you're overall points score will depend on your performance on this english language test.

To succeed, the test requires practice and should not be underestimated.  We can provide you with advice on what you will need to score, tell you how and where to book your test and provide you with training documents, practice tests and private tuition. This will give you the best chance of scoring the points that you need.

English ability Self-assessment scale: 

If you spotted less than 10 mistakes, then you most likely will need to improve your English ability;

If you spotted between 10-15 mistakes, then we estimate that you probably possess competent English ability

If you spotted between 15-20 mistakes, then we estimate that you possess probably proficient English ability;

If you spotted between 20-30 mistakes, then we estimate that you possess probably superior English ability; and,

If you spotted more thank 30 mistakes, then your English ability is either off the scale or very poor! Perhaps we should double check this for you?!?

PLEASE CONTACT US TO CHECK THE RESULTS OF YOUR SELF-ASSESSMENT. Please call us on 01483 550919 (option 1) to check your results. Alternatively, you could print and circle all the mistakes that you spotted, and attach your marking to an email to us at the following address: info@immigration2oz.com .

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