TOEFL® Scores are Now Accepted for More Visas in Australia
The TOEFL® Test has been accepted as an English-language test for use with Australia’s skilled migration visas. This means that people across the globe can now use their TOEFL scores for student, post-study, skilled migration and business visas, as well as academic admissions purposes.
The changes will go into effect in November 2014. Applicants can take the test now, as those scores will be valid when the policy changes in November.
The following visa subclasses from the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident and Work and Holiday visa programmes will accept a TOEFL iBT or PTE Academic test score as evidence of English ability from November 2014:
- Distinguished Talent (Australian support) (subclass 124)
- Business Talent (subclass 132)
- Former Resident (subclass 151)
- Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 160)*
- Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 161)*
- Investor (provisional) (subclass 162)*
- State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 163)*
- State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 164)*
- State/Territory Sponsored Investor (provisional) (subclass 165)*
- Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
- Business Innovation & Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)
- Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
- Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190)
- Work and Holiday (temporary) (subclass 462)
- Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)
- Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
- Skilled – Regional (provisional) (subclass 489)
- Distinguished Talent (subclass 858)
- Skilled – Regional (subclass 887)
- Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)
- Business Owner (Residence) (subclass 890)
- Investor (Residence) (subclass 891)
- State/Territory Sponsored Business owner (Residence) (subclass 892)
- State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) (subclass 893)
The department will continue to accept scores from TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) for the Student visa programme. Student visa applicants can also continue to provide test scores from IELTS and OET tests.
Australia is Open for Business
ETS Recognized as English Language Test Provider for Skilled Migration Visas
The TOEFL® test, created by Educational Testing Service (ETS), has been accepted as an English-language test for use with Australia's skilled migration visas. As the TOEFL test is already recognized as an English test for student visas in Australia, this announcement means that Australia is open for business as people across the globe can now use their TOEFL scores for student, post-study work, skilled migration and business visas, as well as academic admissions purposes.
TheTOEFL test will be accepted for all visas in the graduate, skilled, business, work and holiday categories. The test will also be accepted for use with the SkillSelect system. "ETS is delighted to take up this wonderful opportunity to expand our services in the Australian market beyond the higher education sector," said David Payne, Vice President, Global Education Division at ETS. "With the TOEFL test now accepted across the visa continuum, Australia becomes an even more appealing skills and knowledge destination for people seeking education or to make an able contribution."
Students will be able to use theTOEFL test to progress to graduate and post-study visas. Australian businesses will now have access to a greater pool of potential employees whose English has been tested against an established global standard. Almost every tertiary education provider in Australia already accepts TOEFL scores for admissions purposes. The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted academic English-language assessment, with more than 27 million people having taken the test worldwide. More information about the TOEFL test and the use of TOEFL scores for Australia's skilled migration visas is available at www.ets.org/toefl.
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® andTOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org.
TOEFL® Scores are Accepted for Student, Post-study, Skilled Migration and Business Visas, and for Course Admissions
For more than 45 years, Australian institutions have accepted TOEFL® scores for admissions. Since 2011, students from around the world can also use their TOEFL scores as part of their student visa applications, which means you only need to take one test to apply to a university and for a student visa in Australia.
Now the TOEFL test is also accepted for all visas in the graduate, skilled, business, work and holiday categories. The test is also accepted for use with the SkillSelect system. This means that Australian businesses will have access to a greater pool of potential employees whose English has been tested against an established global standard. On the visa application, where it asks you to provide a "test certificate number" for your English-language proficiency test, use the Registration Number on your TOEFL score report.
Compare TOEFL iBT® Scores to IELTS® Band Scores for Australia
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has accepted the test score equivalencies identified by ETS research for the TOEFL iBT® test when compared to IELTS® academic scores.
| TOEFL iBT Score || IELTS Band |
| 31 || 4 |
| 32 || 4.5 |
| 35 || 5.0 |
| 46 || 5.5 |
| 60 || 6.0 |
| 79 || 6.5 |
| 94 || 7.0 |
| 102 || 7.5 |
| 110 || 8.0 |
| 115 || 8.5 |
| 118 || 9.0 |
These score equivalencies became effective November 5, 2011.
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