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Have you recently completed an English language test?

Calling all students

Have you recently completed an English language test?

If so, we’d like to hear from you.

Fill in our short survey and let us know about your recent experience with English language tests. You can find the survey here www.surveymonkey.com/s/RG83W23  If you have any difficulties with the link please copy and paste it into your web browser.

Your feedback is important to us and will help inform the department’s review of its expanded English language testing arrangements for students.

The survey will remain open until 5pm AEST 20 May 2013.

Thank you

Comments (4)


The department needs to seriously review the current English Language requirements.

The cost of undertaking an IELTS test in Australia is significantly higher than in other Countries including the United States, Ireland and Europe.

The system needs to be opened up to other registered English Language Testing Services providing competition by removing the statutory monopoly currently provided to IELTS.

Skill Migration Points Assessment Points Allocation ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Currently a person is allocated 10 and 20 points if a person achieves a score of 7 or 8 in each component

If a person falls short in one or more components but scores an overall score of 7 or 8 they should be allocated 5 to 15 points respectively.

The lack of transparency, competition and consistency in the test results undermines public confidence in the testing system overall

Lack of Transparency and loss of confidence

Students often complain about the lack of transparency in the English Language Testing System.

Many applicants have sat the test multiple times with varying results each time.

Details of the test are not available for independent review if appealed.

Many students are afraid to complain about the test for fear of retribution.




I do not have problem with the IELTS test that I undertook, problem is with DIAC requirements, After living in Australia for more than 40 years, I was told that I have to undertake IELTS test. The irony of it all was that the DIAC officer's English was so poor that he was difficult to understand. And this person was telling me that I have to prove my English. Beside all this I have done 11 years of study in Australia 4 years of secondary and 7 years vocational. Achieved VCE in English as first language, and also taught English as volunteer with AMES. After all this someone with very poor English tells me your English is not good enough you have to sit for IELTS exam. I find it insulting, basically regarded as second class citizen after more than 40 years of living in Australia.


While I can’t comment on your personal experience, it is important to remember that it is a legislative requirement of a number of visas that applicants need to demonstrate English language skills. An English language test is the most objective way of assessing an individual’s language skills – regardless of their level of ability or time in Australia.
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Totally agree with all the comments above!
IELTS lacks transparency.

Applicants with varying results should not be asked to sit for IELTS again and again. And Language test should not have any expiry just like my Bachelor of IT has no expiry.