TOEFL and PET Now Accepted in Several Visa Applications in Australia


It is known to many that applying for a visa in Australia requires a good number of prerequisites. These documents to be presented are important to comply for any missing or lacking documents means a halt on your visa application process. These requirements include an English proficiency examination. Taking an English proficiency exam is not a piece of cake. A huge amount of preparation is needed and test candidates should not take this lightly. In Australia, two popular English proficiency examinations are accepted – the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET).

The IELTS examination is an English proficiency test primarily using English in a social context. Most tasks are based on day-to-day scenarios. On the other hand, the OET is an English fluency examination for healthcare professionals. This type of examination is focused on a particular medical field. These two examinations are currently accepted and authorized by the Australian immigration.
Until recently, it has been announced that the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) will be accepted as an evidence of English proficiency starting November 2014. Currently, the two mentioned examinations are accepted for student visas for quite some time now. In November, the said examinations will also be honoured in the following visa applications:

• Temporary Graduate
• Skilled and Work visas
• Holiday visas
• Employer Nomination Scheme
• Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
• Business Innovation and Investment (provisional)
• Skilled – Independent
• Skilled – Nominated
• Work and Holiday (temporary)
• Skilled – Recognized Graduate
• Temporary Graduate

With this news, it will bring more convenience to those foreign nationals where IELTS and OET are not available in their country. Having the option of taking the TOEFL and the PTE Academic will have the students choose on what test that will best fit them.
Having IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic as options for English proficiency examination, the candidate will be able to assess which test will be easier to take. However, there will still be standard scores that candidates need to obtain in order for them to lodge their applications.

No matter what kind of examination one takes to apply for a visa to Australia, one must always remember to do a lot of reviewing for the examination. These examinations are not simple and they are tricky. Hence, the best preparation one can do is to enrol in an English training class to acquire skills and develop techniques needed for these tests.

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