English Language exam options

Are you struggling to get the English score you need for the visa you wish to apply for?

You may like to consider a different English exam option. The Department of Immigration accepts all English exam providers listed in the table below however keep in mind that for your particular case, a specific english test may be required which means you may not be able to choose the type of exam you prefer.

The English score you need depends on various factors such as the visa subclass you are eligible to apply for, occupation/s and if applicable for your situation, the skills assessment authority and calculation of points. Exemptions also apply in some cases. If you are not sure about your options and the requirements for your situation, we recommend you arrange an assessment. A migration assessment with a registered Australian Immigration Specialist is a very important and worthwhile part of the migration process as it will allow you to obtain precise information for your situation based on updated legislation. Find out more about what a migration assessment involves.

How can you practice your English?
Did you know that we run International Friends events in Sydney? If you are located in Sydney, this is a perfect opportunity to surround yourself with english speakers and improve your english! Come along to one of our next events. Join our International Friends community here.

More practice..Useful resources..

IELTS – View example English tests to help you get an idea of what is expected for the IELTS exam. Keep in mind that it’s more about the technique rather than the content. See IELTS website; IELTS blog; DC IELTS; Exam centres

TOEFL iBTGeneral info; Sample test questions; Exam centres

PTE Academic (Pearson)General info; Practice tests; Exam centres

Cambridge Advanced EnglishGeneral info; Sample tests; Exam centres

OET – for medical occupations- General info; Sample tests; Exam centres

English exam scores table

English Language
proficiency level     
Test component        IELTS   TOEFL iBT   PTE Academic (Pearson) Cambridge English:
Advanced (CAE)*
 OET
FunctionalAverage/total/overall4.53230147n/a
VocationalListening5.0436154B
Reading5.0436154B
Writing5.01436154B
Speaking5.01436154B
CompetentListening6.01250169B
Reading6.01350169B
Writing6.02150169B
Speaking6.01850169B
ProficientListening7.02465185B
Reading7.02465185B
Writing7.02765185B
Speaking7.02365185B
SuperiorListening8.02879200A
Reading8.02979200A
Writing8.03079200A
Speaking8.02679200A