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​​​Covid-19 and at home language tests

Some testing centres are providing versions of their tests that you can take at home, such as TOEFL iBT – Special Home Edition, OET@Home and IELTS Indicator. We do not currently accept these tests.

See the tests we do accept in the tables below.

​​To prove you have Proficient English, show us evidence that in the 3 years before we invite you to apply for the visa, you scored one of the following:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic or General Training)At least 7 for each of the 4 test components​
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)At least 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)At least 65 for each of the 4 test components​
Occupational English Test (OET)
At least B for each of the 4 test components​
Cambridge C1 Advanced testAt least 185 in each of the 4 test components​

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

*​ Any changes to the scores will only be made after careful consideration. Where scores change, a warning notice will be put on this website with information on how it may impact you.