Depending on the visa you apply for, you can prove that your English language ability is at the appropriate level by:
The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) accepts scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT), The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE), Occupational English Test (OET), Cambridge and IELTS for the purposes of applying for General Skilled Migration and Permanent Employment Sponsored visa.
|IELTS||Up to 48 times a year in over 900 locations in 130 countries worldwide.|
|TOEFL||Up to 50 times a year in 9.000 test centres in 130 countries|
|PTE Academic||Up to 363 times a year in over 200 locations worldwide.|
|OET||Up to 10 times a year in 30 countries|
|Cambridge (CAE)||Up to 3 times per month in 130 countries|
|IELTS||Your Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 calendar days after your test date. All test centres will post your Test Report Form to you. Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy. Some test centres provide SMS alerts and an online results service.|
|TOEFL||Your scores will be posted electronically only unless you request a paper copy by selecting that option when you register which can take 10 days after your test date.|
|PTE Academic||PTE Academic typically delivers results in five business days|
|OET||Results are published online approximately 15 business days after the test|
|Cambridge (CAE)||Your Statement of Results is released online, approximately four to six weeks after the exam for paper-based exams, and two to three weeks after the exam for computer-based exams.|
Computer-delivered in Australia
|TOEFL||Paper/ online (TOEFL ibt internet version)|
|Cambridge (CAE)||Computer or paper-based|
|IELTS||IELTS has four components:
Listening (30 minutes)
Reading (60 minutes)
Writing (60 minutes)
Speaking (11–14 minutes)
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
|TOEFL||TOEFL has four components:
Reading ( 60 – 100 minutes)
Listening (60 – 90 minutes)
Speaking: (60 – 100 minutes)
Writing: (50 minutes)
Total test time: 4 hours 30 minutes
|PTE Academic||PTE Academic has three main parts:
Speaking and writing (77 to 93 minutes)
Reading (32 to 41 minutes)
Listening (45 to 57 minutes)
|OET||OET has four components:
Reading (approx. 60 minutes)
Listening (approx. 50 minutes)
Speaking: (approx. 20 minutes)
Writing: (approx. 45 minutes)Total test time: 3 hours
|Cambridge (CAE)||Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes)
Writing (1 hour 30 minutes)
Listening (about 40 minutes)
Speaking(15 minutes per pair of candidates)
|IELTS||IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.|
|TOEFL||An overall score out of 120 (each paper is marked out of 30).|
|PTE Academic||The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.|
|OET||Graded A (highest) to E (lowest) for each sub-test.|
|Cambridge (CAE)||The range for the overall score is 180-210 points.|
|PTE Academic||AU$ 340|
|Cambridge (CAE)||AU$ 320|
A summary of test score equivalencies for all English language tests accepted by the department is provided below.
|English Language proficiency level||IELTS||TOEFL iBT||PTE Academic||OET||Cambridge (CAE)|
|Vocational||5.0||Listening & Reading 4.0
Writing & Speaking 14
|Competent||6.0||Listening: 12 Reading: 13
Writing: 21 Speaking: 18
|Proficient (for points tested
|7.0||Listening & Reading: 24
Writing: 27 Speaking: 23
|Superior (for points tested
|8.0||Listening: 28 Reading: 29
Writing: 30 Speaking: 26
Tests conducted up to 3 years prior to lodgment of an application will be accepted by the Department of Immigration.
The only exception to this is PTE Academic test which is valid for two years from the date of issue.
|Visa Type||Level of English|
|Most Skilled Migration Visas (189 visa, 190 visa and 489 visa)||You will need to show at least Competent English. However, no points are awarded for competent English.
You can receive 10 points for Proficient English or 20 points for superior English.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) test results will only be considered if the test was undertaken on or after 1 January 2015. A CAE test was undertaken before 1 January 2015 cannot be accepted.
IELTS has an academic test and a general training test.
Preparing for your English test to obtain your Australian Visa
Please find bellow a list of websites where you can find all you need to study by yourself.