English Tests

Some Student visa applicants are required to provide the results of an English language test.

From 5 November 2011, the Australian immigration department will accept test results from the following specified English language tests for Student visa purposes taken in any country:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based test (TOEFL iBT)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English).


The department will continue to accept test results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and the Occupational English Test (OET) taken in any country.  The TOEFL Paper-Based Test (TOEFL PBT) is accepted in the following countries where IELTS is not available: Belarus, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Moldova, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and Uzbekistan.

Below are the test score equivalencies:

English Language Tests for Australian Student Visas
TestTest Score Band
TOEFL iBT31323546607994102110115118
PTE Academic2930364250586573798386
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)3236414752586774808793
TOEFL PBT433450500527550n/an/an/an/an/an/a


source: immi.gov.au