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New English language testing options for Australian visa applicants

Applicants for Australian visas will have more choice in English language testing with the addition of more test options, it has been announced.

The increase of choice will affect applications for temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visas.

‘Applicants who need to provide the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with an English language test score as evidence of their English ability will be able to choose from two additional tests,’ said Cash.Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said that the changes, which come into effect in November, described them as being in line with the department’s focus on increasing competition in the English language testing market for visas.

These tests are the Test of English Language as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

Cash explained that the increasing the number of English language tests accepted by the department will provide greater choice for visa applicants and address any possible shortages in the number of places available to sit the test.

‘The department expects to also receive test scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test across visa programmes from early 2015, further expanding the English language test market,’ she added.

The TOEFL iBT, Pearson and Cambridge tests have been accepted in the student visa programme since 2011.

Applicants planning to take an English language test before lodging their expression of interest or visa application from November 2014 can visit the department’s website for more information about minimum test score requirements and upcoming updates.

Courtesy of Australia Forum