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Australian Visa applicants will have more choice in English language testing with the addition of more test options for temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visas, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Senator Michaelia Cash, said recently.

The changes, which come into effect in November, are in line with the department’s focus on increasing competition in the English language testing market for visas

In addition to the currently accepted tests, of IELTS and OET, the following tests will be accepted:
– Test of English Language as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
– Pearson Test of English Academic

The minimum required test scores for the TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic tests
A summary of test score equivalencies for all English language tests accepted by the department from November 2014 is provided at http://www.immi.gov.au/News/Pages/aelt.aspx

Note: Test scores from the TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic tests will be benchmarked against the IELTS equivalent score for each English language proficiency level (Functional, Vocational, Competent, Proficient or Superior).

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