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You may need to meet English language requirements for certain visas and when submitting your Expression Of Interest for points-tested visas. The table below explains the IELTS tests scores you need to meet the different levels of English proficiency. Please note that you can demonstrate English proficiency with other major English exams as well.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTIELTS EXAM SCORES
Functional EnglishAverage band score of at least 4.5 for each of the 4 test components
Vocational EnglishAt least 5 for each of the 4 test components
Competent EnglishAt least 6 for each of the 4 test components
Proficient EnglishAt least 7 for each of the 4 test components
Superior EnglishAt least 8 for each of the 4 test components
ENGLISH PROFICIENCYTOEFL IBTPTE ACADEMICOETCAMBRIDGE ENGLISH ADVANCED
Functional EnglishTotal 3230 each componentN/A147 each component
Vocational EnglishListening 4
Reading 4
Writing 14
Speaking 14
36 each componentB each component154 each component
Competent EnglishListening 12
Reading 13
Writing 21
Speaking 18
50 each componentB each component169 each component
Proficient EnglishListening 24
Reading 24
Writing 27
Speaking 23
65 each componentB each component185 each component
Superior EnglishListening 28
Reading 29
Writing 30
Speaking 26
79 each componentA each component200 each component

For Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa, there are specific English requirements. For IELTS test scores, the following are required:

  • Short-term stream: at least 5.0 overall, and at least 4.5 for each test component
  • Medium-term stream: at least 5.0 overall, and at least 5.0 for each component

Did you know?

You can also demonstrate Vocational English or Competent English if :

  • You are a citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland

You can also demonstrate Functional English in other ways below:

  • You are a citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland, OR
  • Your English has been assessed as functional by an Australian Adult Migrant English Program service provider, OR
  • You completed a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate in an institution in or outside Australia that required at least two years of full-time study and all instructions were in English, OR
  • You undertook your education at:
    1. a primary school and secondary school where all instruction was in English in or outside Australia – All years of primary and at least 3 years of secondary study required
    2. a secondary school in or outside Australia where all instruction was in English – At least 5 years of study
    3. an institution in Australia where all instruction was in English – At least 1 year of full-time study towards an award
    4. an Institution in Australia where all instruction was in English – The part-time equivalent of 1 year of full-time study towards an award

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