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TOEFL Paper-Based Test Now Not Accepted for Australia Subcategory 500 Student Visas

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As per a new report, Australia has made certain improvements to its English tests for the Australian Student Visas.

But before we talk about the changes, let’s first find out what the tests have been so far and what English language requirements have hitherto been mandatory for those keen in Student Visas. 

As per the information that we have on the subject, it is obligatory for the global students, keen to get a Student Visa to Australia, to illustrate a minimum level of English language ability, prior to they get a visa, to start studies in the overseas hotspot.

Majority of students require fulfilling English language requirements to get admission into their favored study course and obtain an Australia Student Visa.

But students are exempt from proffering proof of English language skills with their visa petition in case they:

  1. Have successfully done not less than 5 years of study in any of these countries, namely, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland Canada or South Africa.
  2. Are the citizens & passport holders of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the US, Canada or New Zealand.
  3. Have fruitfully finished the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or study at Certificate IV level or higher in Oz, inside two years of submitting an application for a Student Visa.
  4. Are listed full time in school studies as a main course (comprising secondary exchange schemes), postgraduate research or a standalone ELICOS plan.
  5. Are foreign affairs or defence sponsored students.

Every other student will require offering proof of English the language skills.

What English language tests are acknowledged in Down Under?

Five English language tests are acknowledged for Student Visa petitions in Oz, namely, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, Occupational English Test (OET).

What is the bare minimum test score needed?

Student’s needed level of English language skills will differ on the basis of his desired establishment and also the general level of study, his nation of citizenship. It will also differ on the ground of his aim to complete an ELICOS course, post landing in Oz.

For the Student Visa petitions, the table given here under sketches the bare minimum scores admitted for every test.

  1. English language test-- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Minimum test score--5.5

Minimum test score when combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS--5.0

Minimum test score when combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS--4.5

  1. English language test-- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Minimum test score--162

Minimum test score when combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS--154

Minimum test score when combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS--147

  1. English language test-- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Minimum test score--42

Minimum test score when combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS--36

Minimum test score when combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS--30

  1. English language test-- Occupational English Test (OET)

Minimum test score--Pass (A or B)

Minimum test score when combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS--Pass (A or B)

Minimum test score when combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS--Pass (A or B)

It’s crucial to note that while these are the minimum scores required for a Student Visa, you will likely require a higher score to get admission to your preferred course.

Since the bare minimum scores vary significantly between the establishments and the levels of study, check with the individual providers, before you submit an application. Some specific courses are inclined to have tougher terms & conditions, while requirements for some are normally lower. In case you don’t fulfill the English language requirements, complete an ELICOS scheme, to make your English language abilities better.

Now to the news report on the latest English language changes!

The nation’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has made public a change to the English test results that are suitable as an evidence of language ability. The same now states that since May 27, 2018 the TOEFL Paper-Based Test is not accepted for the petitions filed for the Subcategory 500 Student Visa.

Post the TOEFL-PBT was reviewed in the month of October during the year gone by it did not have a measurement for speaking English, while testing of the English language speaking skills is a condition for the evaluation of a candidate’s English ability.

As per the DHA, the testing of the English language speaking abilities is tailored to guarantee that the aspirants possess the capability to converse fruitfully in face-to-face circumstances inside the Kangaroo Land.

Thanks to this change in the test, the DHA has now omitted the TOEFL-PBT from the suitable English tests for the Student Visas. Earlier, the paper-based test was accepted from certain countries.

Though the DHA continue to acknowledge the TOEFL internet based test results, it’s reportedly not one of the most preferred tests in Oz.

Post the change, now these are the other three acceptable English language tests, namely, the International English Language Testing System; the Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English); and the Pearson Test of English Academic and Occupational English Test. 

To ensure that the test results are suitably acknowledged, it is compulsory that the test is taken no more than two years prior to one submits his visa petition.

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