English Scores

English Language Requirement for Skilled Visas

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will accept several alternative English tests towards meeting the English Language selection criteria. In addition to the original tests, IELTS and OET a number of additional tests were made available in 2014/2015 TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test ), PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) and the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) English test.

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Each test is benchmarked against an English language proficiency level (Functional, Vocational, Competent, Proficient or Superior). A summary of test score equivalences for all English language tests is provided below.

If using these tests to obtain additional points in respect of the Skilled Independent Visas (189, 190 and 489)

  • Proficient = 10 points
  • Superior = 20 points

English Points Equivalents

List of Visas eligible to use the new English test options as of November 2014:

  • Distinguished Talent (Australian support) (subclass 124)
  • Business Talent (subclass 132)
  • Business Talent (subclass 132)
  • Former Resident (subclass 151)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
  • Business Innovation & Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)
  • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
  • Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190)
  • Work and Holiday (temporary) (subclass 462)
  • Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)
  • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
  • Skilled – Regional (provisional) (subclass 489)
  • Distinguished Talent (subclass 858)
  • Skilled – Regional (subclass 887)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)
  • Business Owner (Residence) (subclass 890)
  • Investor (Residence) (subclass 891)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business owner (Residence) (subclass 892)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) (subclass 893)