Best English test for Australian Migration

Student visa English language requirements

Acceptable English language test score

To study in Australia and where evidence  is required, the following minimum  test score from the following providers will be accepted. Packaging of ELICOS may be accepted, It will depend upon meeting the minimum requirement as well as individual provider acceptance.

​English language provider test ​Minimum test score ​Minimum test score where combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS ​Minimum test score where combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS
​International English Language Testing System ​5.5 ​5 ​4.5
​*Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based ​527 ​500 ​450
​TOEFL internet based test ​46 ​35 ​32
​Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) ​162 ​154 ​147
​Pearson Test of English Academic ​42 ​36 ​30
​Occupational English Test** ​Pass ​Pass ​Pass

*The TOEFL paper based test will only be accepted from limited countries.

Packaging English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

You can package ELICOS with other courses. There is a minimum English language requirement when a course is packaged with English which depends on the amount of ELICOS undertaken (shown in the table above). There is no limit on the amount of ELICOS that can be studied. However, if your ELICOS course is more than 12 months you should provide lots of information with your visa application showing how you meet the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.


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