The department accept the following English language tests:

Score requirements

English Language
proficiency level
Test componentIELTSTOEFL
iBT
PTE
Academic
Cambridge English:
Advanced (CAE)*
OET
FunctionalAverage/total/overall across test components only4.53230147n/a
VocationalListening5.0436154B
Reading5.0436154B
Writing5.01436154B
Spea​king5.01436154B
CompetentListening6.01250169B
Reading6.01350169B
Writing6.02150169B
Speaking6.01850169B
Proficient
(for points tested Skilled visas)
Listening7.02465185B
Reading7.02465185B
Writing7.02765185B
Speaking7.02365185B
Superior
(for points tested Skilled visas)
Listening8.02879200A
Reading8.02979200A
Writing8.03079200A
Speaking8.02679200A

​*From 1 January 2015 and only for a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken on or after 1 January 2015.

Score requirements

English Language proficiency level: FUNCTIONAL

  • Test component: Average/total/overall across test components only
    • IELTS : 4.5 // TOEFL iBT: 32 // PTE Academic: 30 // Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 147 // OET: n/a

English Language proficiency level: Vocational

  • Test component: Listening
    • IELTS : 5.0 | TOEFL iBT: 4 | PTE Academic: 36 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 154 | OET: B
  • Test component: Reading
    • IELTS : 5.0 | TOEFL iBT: 4 | PTE Academic: 36 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 154 | OET: B
  • Test component: Writing
    • IELTS : 5.0 | TOEFL iBT: 14 | PTE Academic: 36 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 154 | OET: B
  • Test component: Spea​king
    • IELTS : 5.0 | TOEFL iBT: 14 | PTE Academic: 36 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 154 | OET: B

English Language proficiency level: Competent

  • Test component: Listening
    • IELTS : 6.0 | TOEFL iBT: 12 | PTE Academic: 50 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 169 | OET: B
  • Test component: Reading
    • IELTS : 6.0 | TOEFL iBT: 13 | PTE Academic: 50 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 169 | OET: B
  • Test component: Writing
    • IELTS : 6.0 | TOEFL iBT: 21 | PTE Academic: 50 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 169 | OET: B
  • Test component: Spea​king
    • IELTS : 6.0 | TOEFL iBT: 18 | PTE Academic: 50 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 169 | OET: B

English Language proficiency level: Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas)

  • Test component: Listening
    • IELTS : 7.0 | TOEFL iBT: 24 | PTE Academic: 65 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 185 | OET: B
  • Test component: Reading
    • IELTS : 7.0 | TOEFL iBT: 24 | PTE Academic: 65 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 185 | OET: B
  • Test component: Writing
    • IELTS : 7.0 | TOEFL iBT: 27 | PTE Academic: 65 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 185 | OET: B
  • Test component: Spea​king
    • IELTS : 7.0 | TOEFL iBT: 23 | PTE Academic: 65 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 185 | OET: B

English Language proficiency level: Superior (for points tested Skilled visas)

  • Test component: Listening
    • IELTS : 8.0 | TOEFL iBT: 28 | PTE Academic: 79 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 200 | OET: A
  • Test component: Reading
    • IELTS : 8.0 | TOEFL iBT: 29 | PTE Academic: 79 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 200 | OET: A
  • Test component: Writing
    • IELTS : 8.0 | TOEFL iBT: 30 | PTE Academic: 79 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 200 | OET: A
  • Test component: Speaking
    • IELTS : 8.0 | TOEFL iBT: 26 | PTE Academic: 79 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 200 | OET: A

​*From 1 January 2015 and only for a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken on or after 1 January 2015.

For 457 visas the following English scores are required

English testMinimum band score

Minimum scores for English test components

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

IELTS test

Overall band score 5.0

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

OET

B

B

B

B

TOEFL iBT

Total band score 36

3

3

12

12

PTE

Overall band score 36

30

30

30

30

CAE

Overall band score 154

147

147

147

147

For 457 visas the following English scores are required

English test: IELTS test

  • Minimum band score: Overall band score 5.0
  • Minimum scores for English test components
    • Listening : 4.5 | Reading: 4.5 | Speaking: 4.5 | Writing: 4.5

English test: OET

  • Minimum band score: –
  • Minimum scores for English test components
    • Listening : B | Reading: B | Speaking: B | Writing: B

English test: TOEFL iBT

  • Minimum band score: Total band score 36
  • Minimum scores for English test components
    • Listening : 3 | Reading: 3 | Speaking: 3 | Writing: 3

English test: PTE

  • Minimum band score: Overall band score 36
  • Minimum scores for English test components
    • Listening : 30 | Reading: 30 | Speaking: 30 | Writing: 30

English test: CAE

  • Minimum band score: Overall band score 154
  • Minimum scores for English test components
    • Listening : 147 | Reading: 147 | Speaking: 147 | Writing: 147
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