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English Tests for Visa Application

One of the steps required in order to apply for and potentially obtain an Australian Visa is to write an English test to prove that you’re competent enough to function in Australia, a country whose only official language is English.

The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection accept the following English language tests:

To find out more about each test, please click on their names above to visit their websites.

There are various levels of English proficiency, from functional to superior. To find out more about how to prove your attainment of a specific level of English, click on the English levels below.

English Test Score Comparison Benchmarked as Against the IELTS Bandscale

English Language Proficiency Level Test Component IELTS TOEFL iBT PTE Academic Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)* OET
Functional Average/Total/Overall Across Test Components Only 4.5 32 30 147 n/a
Vocational Listening 5.0 4 36 154 B
Reading 5.0 4 36 154 B
Writing 5.0 14 36 154 B
Speaking 5.0 14 36 154 B
Competent Listening 6.0 12 50 169 B
Reading 6.0 13 50 169 B
Writing 6.0 21 50 169 B
Speaking 6.0 18 50 169 B
Proficient (for points tested Skilled Visas) Listening 7.0 24 65 185 B
Reading 7.0 24 65 185 B
Writing 7.0 27 65 185 B
Speaking 7.0 23 65 185 B
Superior (for points tested Skilled Visas) Listening 8.0 28 79 200 A
Reading 8.0 29 79 200 A
Writing 8.0 30 79 200 A
Speaking 8.0 26 79 200 A

* From 1 January 2015 and only for a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken on or after 1 January 2015.

Please contact us to discuss what your English requirements are and how we can help you with your Australian Visa application.