Student Visa & Temporary Graduate Visa -English Language Requirements changes

As announced in the Migration Strategy released on 11 December 2023, the Australian Government is
raising the English language requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate visas.

These changes apply to all Student and Temporary Graduate visa applications lodged on and after the
23 March 2024.

Student Visas

  • The minimum test score for the English proficiency requirement for a Student visa increases from
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 to 6.0 (or equivalent).
  • The minimum score to undertake a packaged English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) course increases from IELTS 4.5 to 5.0 (or equivalent).
  • Students undertaking recognised university foundation or pathway programs that deliver reputable
    English language training requires a score of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent).

For students studying English only through ELICOS, there will be no change.

The tables below shows the English language test providers including information on English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and the minimum overall band scores you must achieve to meet the Student visa English language requirement.


English language test providers
Minimum test scoreMinimum test score with either 10 weeks of ELICOS, Foundation Standard program or Pathway programMinimum test score with either 20 weeks ELICOS or Foundation Extended program
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)6.05.55.0
TOEFL internet-based test (only accepted if test is taken on or before 25 July 2023)*644635
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)**169162154
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)504236
Occupational English TestB for each test componentB for each test componentB for each test component

*On 26 July 2023 the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) stopped offering English language tests for Australian visa purposes. A score for a TOEFL iBT test taken on or after 26 July 2023 will no longer satisfy the English language requirement for Student visa purposes. Only TOEFL iBT scores from a test taken on or before 25 July 2023 are accepted for Student visa purposes.

**From 12 February 2024, only results from the paper-based Cambridge C1 Advanced test (previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced CAE) will be accepted for Australian visa and migration purposes. Test scores for both C1 Advanced paper-based and computer-based tests, taken before 12 February 2024, within the specified validity period are still accepted.

Temporary Graduate visas (TGV)

  • The minimum score required for a Temporary Graduate visa increases from IELTS 6.0 to 6.5 (or equivalent as specified on our website), with a minimum score of 5.5 for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
  • Passport holders from Hong Kong and British National Overseas (BNO) are not required to meet this increased minimum English language requirement. The settings for this cohort remain at IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.0 for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
  • The test validity window for all Temporary Graduate visa applications decreases from three years to one year. Applicants must provide evidence that they have completed an English Language test no more than one year immediately before the date of the visa application.

Acceptable scores on different tests

TestScore
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)Overall score of at least 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 for each of the 4 parts
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)Total score of at least 83 with a minimum score of:
*7 for listening
*8 for reading
*18 for writing and
*16 for speaking.
(TOEFL iBT – only accepted if taken on or before 25 July 2023)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)Overall score of at least 57 with a minimum score of:
*43 for listening
*48 for reading
*42 for speaking and
*51 for writing.
Occupational English Test (OET)At least B for each of the 4 parts
Cambridge C1 Advanced testOverall at least 176 with a minimum score of at least 162 in each of the 4 test components

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