Australia introduces more options for testing the English proficiency of visa applicants

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Applicants that want to receive Australian visa will have more options when it comes to proving their English language ability in addition to the options that are currently available.  The increase of choice will affect applications for temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visas.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, announced that the new changes will come into effect during November 2014, they will be caused by the increasing competition in the English language testing market for visas.

‘Applicants who need to provide the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with an English language test score as evidence of their English ability will be able to choose from two additional tests,’ said Cash.

The tests that are currently available for all visa applicants are Test of English Language as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic. Another factor that will contribute to the new changes will be that there are limited numbers of places where applicants can sit for those tests. One of the tests that will be added to the current portfolio will include the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).

This test is already being accepted for the student visa programme together with The TOEFL iBT, Pearson and Cambridge tests. The availability of the test will be expanded to other types of visa as well. Those will include a temporary and permanent residence and working visas.

Visa Applicants that want to take the necessary English test before submitting their visa application from November 2014  should visit the website of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection in order to get acquainted with the recent update and with the required minimum test scores.

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