List of English Proficiency Tests That Are Accepted in Australia Visa Applications


Are you applying for a visa in Australia? Is taking an English proficiency examination pose a huge dilemma?

Working, studying or living in Australia requires a visa, and you only get this visa once you have the right requirements upon lodging the application. Moreover, applying for a visa in an English speaking country requires an English proficiency examination certificate. Certain scores are required and failing to keep them gives you no chance of getting that visa. Here is a list of English proficiency examinations that are accepted in Australia.

1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
It is a paper-based examination focused in gauging a candidate’s fluency in the English language in a social context. The candidate will need to choose between the Academic and General Training – two different modules of the IELTS examination. These two are taken by different individuals depending on their need. The test has four parts – speaking, listening, reading and writing. The speaking part is a one-on-one interview with a native English speaker; hence, not only will a candidate be assessed with how well he or she could carry a conversation, but also his or her confidence in using the language.

2. Occupational English Test (OET)
A language test for healthcare professionals, OET has been a very reliable examination that assesses the English skill of a healthcare professional who wishes to practice his field of expertise in the medical field in an English speaking country. The test is available in the following fields: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology and veterinary medicine. The four language skills – reading, listening, speaking and writing – are also assessed in which topics cover in a medical and health professional setting.

The following tests will also be accepted starting November 2014.

3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
A computer based examination; the TOEFL iBT evaluates the level of a candidate’s fluency using academic English. This means that topics covered in the examination are all subjects in school like sciences, music, social studies, and even art. Candidates need to have good vocabulary to ace this examination. Unlike the IELTS, the speaking exam is recorded so there is no anxiety for candidates to speak in front of a native speaker.

4. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
This is also a computer based examination for those who want to study abroad. It also has reading, listening, speaking and writing. The test last for three hours and like the TOEFL speaking, it is recorded. The test results are available after five days from the test day.

All of these exams are challenging so be sure to review for these tests. Hit the target scores in order for your applications to be lodged without any problems.

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