Student Visa English Language Requirements

Some Student visa applicants are required to provide the results of an English language test.

From 5 November 2011, the department will accept test results from the following specified English language tests for Student visa purposes taken in any country:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based test (TOEFL iBT)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English).

The department will continue to accept test results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and the Occupational English Test (OET) taken in any country.  The TOEFL Paper-Based Test (TOEFL PBT) is accepted in the following countries where IELTS is not available: Belarus, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Moldova, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and Uzbekistan.

Below are the test score equivalencies:


English Language Tests for Student Visas

Test

Test Score Band

IELTS

4.0

4.5

5.0

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

7.5

8.0

8.5

9.0

TOEFL iBT

31

32

35

46

60

79

94

102

110

115

118

PTE Academic

29

30

36

42

50

58

65

73

79

83

86

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

32

36

41

47

52

58

67

74

80

87

93

OET

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

TOEFL PBT

433

450

500

527

550

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a


Important: If you intend to lodge a further student visa application in Australia, read the information on the department’s website to check if you need to provide your English language results to meet the English language requirements.
See: Student Visa Options

Last modified Wednesday 27 August 2014