Skilled Visa English Requirements

Skilled Visa English proficiency

ENGLISH Language points test

how to prove if you have competent English?

Therefore if you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, or the Republic of Ireland, with your application, you can demonstrate competent english.

or similarly you have obtained one of the following English language test results as listed bellow

TEST REQUIRED SCORE
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) At least 6 for each of the 4 components
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) At least 50 for each of the 4 components
Occupational English Test (OET) At least B for each of the 4 components
Cambridge C1 Advanced test At least 169 in each of the 4 components


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Proficient English

how to prove if you have proficient English

However, to hold passports above you will have competent english but not the proficient english. Thus, you have to obtained one of the following English language test results as examples below

TEST SCORE
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) At least 7 for each of the 4 test components
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) At least 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) At least 65 for each of the 4 test components
Occupational English Test (OET) At least B for each of the 4 test components
Cambridge C1 Advanced test At least 185 in each of the 4 test components


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Superior English

How to prove if you have superior English

Unless you have an obtained one of the following English language test results, the superior english cannot be demonstrate by passports like the competent english or education backgrounds such as vocational english.

TEST SCORE
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) At least 8 for each of the 4 test components
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) At least 28 for listening, 29 for reading, 30 for writing and 26 for speaking
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) At least 79 for each of the 4 test components
Occupational English Test (OET) At least A for each of the 4 test components
Cambridge C1 Advanced test At least 200 in each of the 4 test components


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When to provide the test result

Meanwhile when you should take your test and how long it will be valid for your visa application, the following timeline differ as each visa types

SUBCLASS APPLICANT WHEN TO PROVIDE VALIDITY
Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) Main/primary By time of application Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of application
Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) – Direct Entry pathway Main/primary By time of application Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of application
Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) subclass 188) (Entrepreneur stream) Main/primary By time of invitation Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
Skilled Independent (subclass 189)(Points tested stream) Main/primary By time of invitation Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) Main/primary By time of invitation Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
Skilled Regional (provisional) (subclass 491)(first provisional stream) Main/primary By time of invitation Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation

In addition, for the subclasses 189, 190 and 489 if you are claiming partner points then your partner must also have Competent English at time of invitation.

In conclusion, if you want to obtain more points through english you should set a Test

Functional English

To prove you have functional English, show passport evidence that:

    • you are a citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland
    • your English has been assessed as functional by an Australian Adult Migrant English Program service provider

Education

  • you completed a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate in an institution in or outside Australia that required at least two years of full-time study and all instructions were in English
  • you undertook your education at:
a primary school and secondary school where all instruction was in English in or outside Australia All years of primary and at least 3 years of secondary study
a secondary school in or outside Australia where all instruction was in English At least 5 years of study
an institution in Australia where all instruction was in English At least 1 year of full-time study towards an award
an institution in Australia where all instruction was in English The part-time equivalent of 1 year of full-time study towards an award

English test 

Test Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) An average band score of at least 4.5 based on the 4 test components
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) A total band score of at least 32 based on the 4 test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) An overall band score of at least 30 for each of the 4 test components
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) An overall band score of at least 147 for each of the 4 test components

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