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English language

Competent English

What to provide

To prove you have competent English, provide evidence:

  • that 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, with your application

  • or
  • you have an obtained one of the following English language test results:
  • Specified test results

    TestRequired score
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)At least 6 for each of the 4 components
    Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking
    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)At least 50 for each of the 4 components
    Occupational English Test (OET)At least B for each of the 4 components
    ​Cambridge C1 Advanced testAt least 169 in each of the 4 components

    When to provide proof

    When you must have taken your test and how long the test result is valid

    SubclassApplicantWhen to provide Validity
    Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)Main/primaryBy time of applicationTest cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of application
    Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) – Direct Entry pathwayMain/primaryBy time of applicationTest cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of application
    Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) subclass 188) (Entrepreneur stream)Main/primary 
    By time of invitationTest cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
    Skilled Independent (subclass 189)(Points tested stream)Main/primary
    By time of invitationTest cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
    Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)Main/primary
    By time of invitationTest cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
    Skilled Regional (provisional) (subclass 489)(first provisional stream)Main/primary
    By time of invitationTest cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
For the subclasses 189, 190 and 489 if you are claiming partner points then your partner must also have Competent English at time of invitation.