Certain student visas require applicants to demonstrate a certain level of English language ability. Prior to 5 November 2011, only the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test was the only test accepted by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) as proof of English language ability.
On 3 November 2011, the new legislative instrument regarding alternative English language testing came into effect. This allows for alternative English language proficiency tests to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test to be accepted in certain situations.
According to the instrument, the following English language proficiency tests may be considered an alternative to the IELTS test:
- the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-Based test;
- the TOEFL Internet-Based test (also known as TOEFL iBT);
- the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English);
- the Pearson Test of English Academic; and
- the Occupational English Test.
Specifications apply to each test which are set out in legislative instrument number IMMI 11/070 signed on 3 November 2011.
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