Australia To Accept TOEFL IBT, PTE Academic Scores From Visa Applicants

27 May 2014


Immigration News

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced the acceptance of scores of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) and Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)as evidence of English language proficiency, from November 2014  under various visa categories.

Occupational English Test, or OET, and the International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, are the currently accepted tests. TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic will act as alternatives for these tests.

Since November 2011, student visa program has been accepting TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic tests. With effect from November 2014, the visa subclasses under Skilled and Work and Holiday visa and Temporary Graduate will also accept these tests.

This latest option of accepting alternate English language tests is extended to other visa categories which include Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, Employer Nomination Scheme, Skilled – Nominated,   Skilled – Independent, business Innovation & Investment (provisional), Skilled - Recognized Graduate, Temporary Graduate and work and Holiday (temporary). Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) is not included under the latest option.

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