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English language

Functional English

To prove you have functional English, show us 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

  • 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:
    InstitutionStudy time
    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
    a secondary school in or outside Australia where all instruction was in EnglishAt least 5 years of study
    an institution in Australia where all instruction was in EnglishAt least 1 year of full-time study towards an award
    an institution in Australia where all instruction was in EnglishThe part-time equivalent of 1 year of full-time study towards an award

  • or

  • within the 12 months before you applied for the visa, you scored one of the following:
    TestScore
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)An average band score of at least 4.5 for each or the 4 test components
    Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)A total band score of at least 32 for each of the 4 test components
    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)An overall band score of at least 30 for each of the 4 test components
    Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)An overall band score of at least 147 for each of the four test components

Some visas will allow you to submit other forms of evidence. Check the relevant visa pages to find out.