July 28, 2023
English language requirements generally apply to applicants wanting to study or work in Australia.
From 26 July 2023 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT will no longer be offering English language tests for Australian visa purposes. This will remain in place until further notice.
A notice has been placed on the Department's website for visa applicants, see English language visa requirements (homeaffairs.gov.au).
What this means:
Visa applicants providing a TOEFL iBT test score for a test taken on or after 26 July 2023 will no longer satisfy English language proficiency requirements. Only TOEFL iBT scores from a test taken prior to 26 July 2023 can be accepted for visa purposes.
The Department continues to accept scores from the following tests undertaken at a secure test center for English language visa requirements:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS), including One Skill Retake (OSR)*
- Pearson Test of English (PTE)
- Cambridge English (CAE) (also known as C1 Advanced)
- Occupational English Test (OET), noting this is a test developed for health professionals
*From 14 December 2022, IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) will be available for certain test takers. OSR allows test takers to retake one of the four test components in either reading, writing, speaking or listening (once only). For Australian visa purposes, the Department will accept IELTS test results that include OSR, with the exception of applications for subclasses 476, 482, and 485, which need scores from a single sitting/attempt.
Home Affairs does not accept scores from any 'at-home' or 'online' tests for Australian migration purposes.