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Australia Skilled Immigration Language Requirements

Language Requirement for Australia Skilled Migration Subclass 189,190,489

If you are currently looking for a Skilled Visa to become permanent resident of Australia you must know that proving language proficiency is the most required part of immigration process. English is the official language of Australia which is used throughout the country with a little different ascent. However, the level and bands is totally depends on the type of visa you are applying for.

Australia immigration seekers have to fulfil the eligibility criteria created for a visa subclass. Language requirement is one of the top most requirements of any Australian visa and an aspirant to need to meet with the English language requirement to gain the visa and enter in Australia.

What English language tests are accepted in Australia?

There are number of English test which are conducted in different countries but Australia accepts a fewer of them as a proof of English language proficiency. These tests comprises of 4 factors Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening and for each factor you will get score, these score will make bands and level of proficiency. The test which was conducted in the past three years is only valid and can be accepted at the time of lodging the application.

IELTS Requirement for Australia Immigration

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) accepts the following English language tests for Skilled Migration visas applications for Australia PR:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (paper-based test is accepted from limited countries)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Occupational English Test (OET).
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What are the levels and its point of English language for Australia Skilled Migration?

  • Functional English: for secondary applicants seeking to avoid paying the English Language Charge
  • Vocational English: threshold requirement for ENS/RSMS Temporary Residence Transition Stream
  • Competent English: threshold requirement for General Skilled Migration and ENS/RSMS Direct Entry
  • Proficient English: 10 points in General Skilled Migration points test
  • Superior English: 20 points in General Skilled Migration points test

Alternative test scores benchmarked as against the IELTS band scale:

English Language proficiency level Test component IELTS TOEFL iBT PTE Academic Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)* OTE
Functional Average/total/overall across test components only 4.5 32 30 147 n/a
Vocational Listening 5.0 4 36 154 B
Reading 5.0 4 36 154 B
Writing 5.0 14 36 154 B
Speaking 5.0 14 36 154 B
Competent Listening 6.0 12 50 169 B
Reading 6.0 13 50 169 B
Writing 6.0 21 50 169 B
Speaking 6.0 18 50 169 B
Proficient(for points tested Skilled visas) Listening 7.0 24 65 185 B
Reading 7.0 24 65 185 B
Writing 7.0 27 65 185 B
Speaking 7.0 23 65 185 B
Superior(for points tested Skilled visas) Listening 8.0 28 79 200 A
Reading 8.0 29 79 200 A
Writing 8.0 30 79 200 A
Speaking 8.0 26 79 200 A

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