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New English Language Tests Introduced

21 Nov 2014

From the 23rd of November 2014 two new English language tests, the TOEFL and Pearson tests, will be accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration (DIBP). The Cambridge English Language test is also expected to be included from 1st January 2015.

In the long term, we are confident that these additional tests will be accepted across the board by all the relevant Authorities. Whilst the Department of Immigration has provided clarity as to the equivalence of the various tests to one another (see below), it could take a while for all the supporting Authorities (such as the State Departments and Skill Assessment Authorities) to completely align with this new change.  

We suspect that State/Territories will also accept the new test results from 23rd November for their State Nominated Applications. However, at this stage it is unclear if all skill assessment bodies will accept the new tests after introduction. We suspect some Authorities will be slow to change their policy guidelines and will present teething problems, and some may even refuse to accept the new tests. However, we will have to wait and see how the changes unfold. In our opinion, in the short term, the tried and tested IELTS English Language test will still be the safest bet for applicants (as it is currently accepted by all the relevant Authorities). 

The two new English tests have now been included for the allocation of points by the Department of Immigration, as follows:

Competent 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, Writing 21, Listening 12
Pearson (PTE Academic) – at least 50 for the four components
OR a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland, to a citizen of that country

Proficient 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, Writing 27, Listening 24
Pearson (PTE Academic) – at least 65 for 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, Writing 30, Listening 28
Pearson (PTE Academic) – at least 79 for the four test components
OET (for medical professionals) - A in each of the four sections

As these tests have not been used for migration purposes previously we are unsure how the new tests compare with the IELTS testing standards. We do know that they will all be testing the same 4 sections: Speaking, Reading, Writing & Listening - from their respective test centres.

If you have any further questions, didn't spot any spelins or grammatical mistakes then please don't hesitate to contact the team at Immigration2oz on 01483550914 or info@immigration2oz.com