More English Language Test Options for Australian Visa Applicants

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Visa applicants for several visa types, including work and holiday, temporary graduate and skilled and former resident visas, will now have more English language test options – TOEFL iBT (the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test) and PTE Academic (the Pearson Test of English Academic).

CAE (Advanced Cambridge English) scores will also be accepted after 1 Jan 2015.

IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and CAE tests are the options for the student visa applicants.

Senator Cash underlined: “Applicants are now able to use scores from the Test of English Language as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) as evidence of their English language ability. This development affords applicants more choice in providers while also increasing competition within the English language testing market.”

These alternative language tests have been accepted for the Student visa program back in 2011 and now will benefit many more visa applicants in addition to the IELTS test (International English Language Testing System) and the OET (Occupational English Test).

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