Requirement for General Skilled Migration

English Language

Candidates applying for General Skilled Migration, will need to prove their English language ability. The required level of English which depends on the visa subclass you are applying for and there are four different levels of English which may be relevant:

• Superior English
• Proficient English
• Competent English
• Functional English

Timing of English

English language ability is a time of application requirement for General Skilled visas. Hence you would need to provide evidence of English testing at the time of application. However Tests must be conducted up to 3 years prior to lodgement of a skilled visa application.

Acceptable English Tests

The IELTS General Training test is the most common way of evidencing English language ability. However some skills assessing authorities require applicants to sit the Academic version. You will need to obtain a minimum score in each band of the IELTS (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking) in a single sitting.

The Occupational English Test (OET) is also accepted as evidence of proficient and superior levels of English. The OET is only appropriate for medical and allied health professionals.

Applying for migration to Australia can be complex, so we recommend that you contact us to check your likely eligibility for immigration to Australia before you proceed with an application.

Changes To English Language Tests

Visa applications lodged on or after 23rd of November 2014 will have the choice of submitting the following to determine their English Language capabilities:

  • International English Language Test System (IELTS) test; and
  • Occupational English Test (OET); and
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT); and
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

 

EnglishLanguage proficiency level

Testcomponent

IELTS

TOEFL iBT

PTE Academic

OET

Functional

Average across testcomponents only

4.5

32

30

n/a

Vocational

Listening

5.0

4

36

B

Reading

5.0

4

36

B

Writing

5.0

14

36

B

Speaking

5.0

14

36

B

Competent

Listening

6.0

12

50

B

Reading

6.0

13

50

B

Writing

6.0

21

50

B

Speaking

6.0

18

50

B

Proficient (for pointstestedSkilled visas)

Listening

7.0

24

65

B

Reading

7.0

24

65

B

Writing

7.0

27

65

B

Speaking

7.0

23

65

B

Superior (for pointstestedSkilled visas)

Listening

8.0

28

79

A

Reading

8.0

29

79

A

Writing

8.0

30

79

A

Speaking

8.0

26

79

A