Acceptable English Test Results

Which English Tests are accepted for your Expression of Interest?

There are different providers of English tests. They all have different ways of showing their test results.

Find out which test result will be required from your specific English test provider to prove that you meet the minimum English language standards for your Expression of Interest.

 

Acceptable English Tests and minimum scores required for the Principal applicant of your EOI:

Name of your English testMinimum score required for your EOI

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - General or Academic Module

Overall score of 6.5 or more

Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)

Overall score of 79 or more  

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Overall score of 58 or more

Cambridge English: First (FCE)

or

Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools

Overall score of 176 or more

Occupational English Test (OET)

Grade B or higher in all four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)*

* A score of Grade B or higher in all four skills is required for the OET as there is no overall grade for this test.

 

 

Minimum scores required for partners and dependent children aged 16 and older:

Name of your English testMinimum score required for your EOI

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - General or Academic Module

Overall score of 5.0 or more

Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)

Overall score of 35 or more

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Overall score of 36 or more

Cambridge English: First (FCE)

or

Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools

Overall score of 154 or more

Occupational English Test (OET)

Grade C or higher in all four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)*

* A score of Grade C or higher in all four skills is required for the OET as there is no overall grade for this test.

 

 

Go back to our Quick Self-Check Guide to find out if you qualify for residence.


Look up the required minimum English language levels for other visa types. 

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