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what to expect: the australian student visa english test

08 March 2016 by News Desk

Overseas students who are studying in Australia need to be proficient English speakers and some may be required to take a student visa English test.

student visa English testDepending on the visa you apply for, you may need to prove your English proficiency in order to come to Australia. There are several ways you can do this, including:

  • Taking the student visa English test
  • Demonstrating that you have studied in English for at least five years in one or more of the following countries: Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
  • Being enrolled by your education provider
  • Passing an approved test of your English language ability (such as scoring at least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the International English Language Testing System or an equivalent test)
  • Completing Australian state or national Year 12 English, or an international equivalent

Other tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language and Pearson Test of English Academic may be accepted, with other qualifications or experience also being considered. However, it is important to keep in mind that some educational courses have higher English proficiency requirements.

The following English language tests are approved and widely accepted:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English)

Applicants should refer to the relevant university entry requirements and visa information for specific details of the type of English level they will need.

“Many international students will not have to sit a student visa English test but others such as mature students may have to take an exam to prove their proficiency,” says Darrell Todd, founder of thinkingaustralia.

“There are a number of elements involved and the process can appear complex. Even if English is your first language the test can be a challenge, especially if you’ve not taken a formal exam for many years.

“It’s not simply a matter of filling out forms on a website – you must personally attend a formal sit-down test with face-to-face examination.”

The English Test includes the areas of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking the English language, with five different levels that you may need to meet the requirements of: Functional, Vocational, Competent, Proficient and Superior.

“We advise people to prepare for the English test well in advance. We’re here to support and guide you through the process – it’s important to get it right as it will affect your visa eligibility,” adds Darrell.

thinkingaustralia is filled with information for those wanting to get an Australian student visa or a travel visa. If you need help making the move, our team of Australian experts are ready to help you on our free helpline form.


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