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Proficient English

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

Specified test results
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 - only accepted if taken on or before 25 July 2023​)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 test

From 12 February 2024, only results from the paper-based Cambridge C1 Advanced test (previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced CAE) will be accepted for Australian visa and migration purposes.

Test scores for both C1 Advanced paper-based and computer-based tests, taken before 12 February 2024, are still accepted.​

At 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.