Australia To Allow More Language Test Options For Visas

By Editorial 02 June, 2014

Australia's Department of Immigration has said that it will accept English-language test scores issued by a larger number of exam boards across its visa programs from November 2014.

Currently, applicants for most visa subclasses that require language proficiency must provide scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET). The new alternatives will be the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), both from November 2014, and the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test, from early 2015. However, in the case of the CAE, scores from tests taken before the implementation date will not be eligible. All these tests are already accepted under the Student Visa Program.

The change will affect various visa subclasses from the Temporary Graduate, Skilled and Work and Holiday visa program, and will also apply to intending migrants submitting an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. However, the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457) visa is not included, as the 457 Program is currently undergoing an independent review.

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