English competency

You must show evidence of an English test, with the following minimum band scores:

English Language proficiency level

Test component

IELTS Academic

TOEFL iBT

Pearson (PTE) Academic

Cambridge (CAE)

Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas)

Listening

7.0

24

65

185

Reading

7.0

24

65

185

Writing

7.0

27

65

185

Speaking

7.0

23

65

185

 

For international students in Australia who are applying for a 485 visa, the IPA will accept evidence of an English test with the following minimum band scores:

English Language proficiency level

Test component

IELTS Academic / General

TOEFL iBT

Pearson (PTE) Academic

Cambridge (CAE)

Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas)

Listening

6.0

12

50

169

Reading

6.0

13

50

169

Writing

6.0

21

50

169

Speaking

6.0

18

50

169

You are required to submit a high-quality colour scan of your test results. We will complete the necessary security checks to validate and confirm your results.

We accept:

• an IELTS English / Pearson PTE test that was undertaken within the past two years
• a TOEFL / Cambridge CAE test that was undertaken within the past three years

IELTS Test Report Form

To provide IELTS documentation, you are required to submit a high-quality colour scan of your Test Report Form (TRF). The IPA will complete the necessary checks to validate your results.

Pearson (PTE) Academic Results

Please remember that you must authorise the Institute of Public Accountants to access your PTE Academic test results online. This can be done by accessing your PTE academic account.

Migration Assessments

Even if you are a citizen of an English speaking country, you will still be required to provide appropriate documentation of your English language competency.  This is an Australian Government requirement, and guarantees you 10 points when applying to DIBP.