General Procedures

English Requirements

English Requirements

People who are interested to be considered for a skilled visa must complete an English language test (ELT) before submitting an Expression of Interest (EoI) through SkillSelect. There is no requirement to attach ELT results to an EOI. However, accurate information must be entered in an EOI that matches the information on the supporting documents. In addition, when invited to apply for a relevant visa applicants need to make sure that ELT results are less than three years old on the date of visa application lodgement.
Australia Visa English Requirements IELTS TOEFL

Process

English language tests generally include the following four main components or modules:
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking

Requirements

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The DHA classifies ELT results into five proficiency levels and applicants should refer to the relevant visa information for specific language proficiency requirements.

  • Functional
  • Vocational
  • Competent
  • Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas)
  • Superior (for points tested Skilled visas)
Generally, in skilled migration programme Competent English is the minimum required level. Proficiency levels are benchmarked against ELT scores in the following tables.

Functional

Module
Overall Score
IELTS
4.5
TOEFL iBT®
32
PTE™
30
CAE
147
OET
N/A

Vocational

Module
Listening
Reading
Writing
Speaking
IELTS
5
5
5
5
TOEFL iBT
4
4
14
14
PTE
36
36
36
36
CAE
154
154
154
154
OET
B
B
B
B

Competent

Module
Listening
Reading
Writing
Speaking
IELTS
6
6
6
6
TOEFL iBT
12
13
21
18
PTE
50
50
50
50
CAE
169
169
169
169
OET
B
B
B
B

Proficient

Module
Listening
Reading
Writing
Speaking
IELTS
7
7
7
7
TOEFL iBT
24
24
27
23
PTE
65
65
65
65
CAE
185
185
185
185
OET
B
B
B
B

Superior

Module
Listening
Reading
Writing
Speaking
IELTS
8
8
8
8
TOEFL iBT
28
29
30
26
PTE
79
79
79
79
CAE
200
200
200
200
OET
A
A
A
A

In addition to DHA requirements, skills assessing authorities may have their own ELT score prerequisites for certain occupations. State and territory governments may also specify higher ELT scores as a condition for state/territory nomination for particular visa subclasses and/or occupations.

Comparison

Comparison of tests duration (in hours) and results availability timeframes (in days) is as follows. Please, note that the timeframes are approximate only and are subject to change.

Module
Duration
Timeframe
IELTS
3
13
TOEFL iBT
4
10
PTE
3
5
CAE
4
10
OET
3
16

The decision regarding the choice of ELT is generally determined by individual preferences, testing centres locations and personal circumstances. However, in skilled migration programme the choice may also be affected by the requirements of a skills assessing authority. Therefore, it is recommended to check with a relevant assessing authority before making any ELT bookings.

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