Australia to accept alternative English tests from visa applicants Featured

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:00 Written by  Published in Migration Property n Law

From November 2014, the department will accept English language test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident and Work and Holiday visa programmes. Scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test will also be accepted from early 2015.  

These tests are alternatives to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Occupational English Test (OET), and have been accepted in the Student visa programme since 2011.


Student visa applicants can continue to provide scores from IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).


This new change will allow applicants to save time as they now would have more options for test centres of giving the English test and it will also break the monopoly of IDP IELTS Test centres. 


However, the new announcement did not include the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457), subclass 457 visa programme was currently undergoing an independent review. 


Special Thanks to Mr. Ashad Perera for providing valuable information for viewers.

Ashad Perera CA, CPA

Registered Migration Consultant
MARN 0744083

Last modified on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:13
Ashad Perera

Migration Consultant
Australian Migration for U