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More choice in English language testing

Applicants for a number of visas are being given more choice in English language testing.

From November this year, people applying for Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Work and Holiday and Former Resident visas will be able to provide the department with a test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) or the Pearson Test of English Academic. These tests are in addition to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test currently used.

A final implementation date in November will be published on the department’s website later this year.

Scores from these additional tests will be benchmarked against the IELTS equivalency. A list of the visa subclasses accepting scores from the alternative tests and a summary of test score equivalencies is available on our website at www.immi.gov.au/News/Pages/aelt.aspx

The department will also be able to accept scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test from early 2015, and later in the year we will publish more about this test on our website. Scores from a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken before the 2015 implementation date will not be accepted by the department.

We understand that people will be interested in whether the subclass 457 visa will be able to accept these alternative tests. At this stage, we cannot confirm that applicants for the 457 visa will be able to provide us with scores from these alternative tests, because the subclass 457 programme is being independently reviewed. The review is expected to report to government by mid-2014.

Comments (7)


Its a great way to test your English language skills. I would suggest every one who speaks this language ,must attempt this test.


I am planning to take IELTS and I prefer to take academic english. Will I be entitled to the same points under skill migration point scheme?


Hi Deepthi.

The answer is yes. You will receive the same points for English language ability, regardless of whether you provide a score from either the IELTS General Training Test or the IELTS Academic Test.



I would like to clarify that,
I got an invitation letter from Orana (NSW). Now If I apply for EOI 489 and get an approval from DIBP to file visa 489.
And in between if NSW state sponsorship reopens in July then can I still apply for different EOI i.e. EOI 190. Means can I get two EOI number for different visa?
Plz let me know.


Dear Sir/ Madam,

I would like to clarify below two things,

1) I received an invitation from DIBP to apply visa subclass 489. What are the lists of documents do I need to ready before I for visa? So where do I find documents check list for visa 489 like do I need medical reference number, police clearance reference number.

2) I received an invitation from DIBP to apply visa subclass 489. And it says my EOI is locked for 60 days. During this 60 days your nomination is locked and you cannot be nominated for a different visa on this EOI number.
So, If NSW state sponsorship reopens in July, then can I still apply for EOI 190 in between 60 days?? Means can I hold two EOI number for different Visa i.e. subclass 489 and subclass 190.

Plz let me know.


why do we need 7 in all modules of IELTS ...if over all 7 is band score then why cant we get IELTS points for 189 visa.


Hi Mahesh
Anyone applying for a points-tested skilled visa must provide the department with a minimum English test score (to meet the level of competent English or above) in each of the four test components because it ensures applicants can demonstrate their English competence in listening, reading, writing and speaking in a single test. This requirement exists in migration legislation, and there's no discretion for the department to instead accept an overall English language test score from an applicant for a points-tested skilled visa.