At-home or online tests
Some test providers offer alternative versions of their tests that you can take at home or online, such as TOEFL iBT – Home Edition, OET@Home, PTE Academic Online, IELTS Online (General and Academic) and IELTS Indicator. Home Affairs does not accept any ’at-home’ or ‘online’ test for Australian migration purposes.
The Department accepts scores from approved tests undertaken at secure test centres. The tests accepted by the Department are listed in the table below. If you have questions about a particular test, you can contact the test provider.
To prove you have functional English, show us evidence of one of the following:
- 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. British National (Overseas) passports are not acceptable as evidence of functional English.
- 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.
- You undertook your education at:
How long you must have studied at particular educational institutions
|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 English||At least 5 years of study|
|An institution in Australia where all instruction was in English||At least 1 year of full-time study towards an award|
|An institution in Australia where all instruction was in English||The part-time equivalent of 1 year of full-time study towards an award|
- In the 12 months before you applied for the visa, you scored one of the following:
Some visas will allow you to submit other forms of evidence. Check the relevant visa pages to find out.