If you are currently planning to study in Australia or investigating to migrate to Australia, you might know by now that to gain a student visa or any other visa to migrate to Australia you have to meet the requirements of the English language, The level of required English language depends on the visa you wish to apply for.
Well, if you are struggling to find the information of how much English proficiency you require to apply for a visa.
We have calculated some information about how much you have to score in IELTS or PTE exam and improve your English proficiency.
Does Every Visa Require The English Requirements?
Not everyone, But most Australian visas require to prove minimum English language requirement. If you have a plan to study in Australia you must have to prove your English proficiency.
Some categories which don’t require to prove English proficiency requirement are:
- Students who studied for 5 years or more in these designated countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, USA, Canada, or the Republic of Ireland.
- Citizens of English-speaking countries such as the UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand.
- Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored.
- Successfully completed 5 years study or more in the following countries:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United States
- United Kingdom
- The Republic of Ireland
Australian English Requirements
If you have the plan to apply for skilled migration to Australia, you have to prove your English Proficiency in the previous 3 years before they invite you to apply for the visa.
The English Language level requirement depends on the visa subclass you are applying for, As per the Department of home affairs of Australia, there are 4 different levels of English that are relevant for visas.
|English Proficiency||GSM Points||IELTS||TOEFL||PTE||OET||Cambridge CAE|
|Superior English||20 points||8 bands Overall (At least 8 for each of the 4 components)||Minimum 28 for listening, 29 for reading, 30 for writing, and 26 for speaking||Minimum 79 for each of the 4 components||Minimum A for each of the 4 components||Minimum 200 for each of the 4 components|
|Proficient English||10 points||7 bands Overall (At least 7 for each of the 4 components)||Minimum 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking||Minimum 65 for each of the 4 components||Minimum B for each of the 4 components||Minimum 185 for each of the 4 components|
|Competent English||Minimum requirement with 0 points||6 bands Overall (At least 6 for each of the 4 components)||Minimum 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing, and 18 for speaking||Minimum 50 for each of the 4 components||Minimum B for each of the 4 components||Minimum 169 for each of the 4 components|
|Vocational English||Previous requirement||5 bands Overall (At least 5 for each of the 4 components)||Minimum 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing, and 14 for speaking||Minimum 36 for each of the 4 components||Minimum B for each of the 4 components||Minimum 154 for each of the 4 components|
|Functional English||For secondary applicants||4.5 bands Overall (At least 4.5 for each of the 4 components)||A Total band score of 32 at least on all 4 components||Minimum 30 for each of the 4 components||N/A||At least 147 for each of the 4 components|
What Tests Are Accepted to Prove the English Language Requirement by the DOHA?
There are a lot of choices to prove your English language requirement but here we have mentioned the five most effective tests for Australia which are accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet-based test.
- PTE (Pearson Test of English)
- CAE Cambridge (Certificate in Advanced English)
- OET (Occupational English Test)
It’s Important to note that you must have been completed your test within three years before applying for the visa, as after 3 years the validation of your English language test will be expired
IELTS (International English Language Test System):
IELTS is the most popular English language test system with over 1200 locations in 140 countries around the world, you have to choose either a computer-delivered test or a paper-based. For the computer-delivered test, the result will be available for preview in 2- 5 days where the paper-based test takes 13 days to get the report.
IELTS exam has four components to test your English Language proficiency as Listening (30 mins), Reading (60 mins), Writing (60 mins), and Speaking(11 to 14 mins). The total test time for IELTS is 2 hours and 45 mins, and It costs AUD340.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
TOEFL Test system has more than 9000 in more than 130 countries over the globe, same as IELTS you have two options for TOEFL exam such as online or paper-based. In the TOEFL exam, your result will get posted electronically unless you request a copy while registering. It takes a minimum of 10 days to get the result after your test dates.
In TOEFL you also have 4 components same as IELTS, but the test time is extended. The Total test time in TOEFL is 4 hours and 30 mins which are divided into Reading( 60 to 100 mins), Listening ( 60 to 100 mins), Speaking ( 60 to 100 mins), and Writing (50 mins) which costs around 300USD.
PTE (Pearson Language Tests):
PTE exam centers are located in more than 200 locations around the world, PTE Academic exam is taken online on computer-based and it usually takes 5 business days to deliver your result.
Other than the previous two testing systems PTE exam has three components such as speaking and writing(takes 75 to 95 mins), Reading( takes 30 to 45 minutes), and Listening( takes 45 to 60 mins). The cost of the PTE exam is around AUD340 and it takes overall 3 hours to complete the exam.
List of English Requirements for commonly used Australian Visas
|Visa Type||IELTS Requirement||Toefl Requirement||PTE Requirement|
|482 TSS Visa
Medium and Long Term TSS Visa
Short-Term TSS Visa
|5 bands overall (minimum 5 bands in each)
5 band overall (minimum 4.5 bands in each)
|Minimum 35 scores ( at least 3 In writing, and listening, and at least 12 in speaking and writing||Average 36 band score (minimum 30 in each band)|
|ENS 186 visa||Overall 6 bands||50 to 78 score||Average 51 band score)|
|RSMS 187 visa||Overall 6 bands||50 to 78 score||51 to 58 score|
|Most Skilled Visas ( 189 visas, 190 visas, 491 visas, and 494 visas)||
Competent English: IELTS 6 bands Overall (At least 6 for each of the 4 components)0 points
Proficient English: IELTS 7 bands Overall (At least 7for each of the 4 components)10 points
Superior English: IELTS 8 bands Overall (At least 8 for each of the 4 components)20 points
Competent English: At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing, and 18 for speaking
Proficient English: At least 24 for listening & reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking
Superior English: At least 28 for listening, 29 for reading, 30 for writing, and 26 for speaking.
Competent English:At least 50 for each of the 4 components
Proficient English:At least 65 for each of the 4 components
Superior English:At least 65 for each of the 4 components
The mentioned above are the most common visas to apply in Australia. However, there is no minimum English requirements on business visas 188A & 188B. Still, applicants with lower than functional English might have to pay English Language Charge prior to receiving their visa.
Here we are discussing more Australian visas and their English language requirements.
|Training Visa (subclass 407)||Functional English|
|Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408)||Functional English|
|Temporary Work (international relations) visa (subclass 403)||No English Requirement|
|Graduate Temporary (subclass 485) visa||IELTS Overall 6 (depends on university requirements)|
|Recognized Graduate (subclass 476)||IELTS Overall 6 (depends on university requirements)|
|Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887)||No English Requirements.|
|Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124)||Functional English|
Partner Visa 820 (onshore) and subclass 309 (offshore) applicants need to pay English language charges prior to receiving their visa if the English Language is less than Functional English