New English test to be accepted by immigration. How do they compare?

Starting in November, new English tests will be able to be used by people wanting to apply for a range of visas, and more importantly, this includes skilled migration!

[UPDATE 1: On 28/01/2015 – We have add the Cambridge English Advanced Scores]

For a long time, IELTS has had a monopoly on English language tests for migration and it’s hoped that by offering new tests, there will be more competition meaning better prices, availability and hopefully, results for our clients wanting to obtain residency. And he good news is that results are, in most cases, available within a week (even quicker on some sections).

TOEFL and Pearson (PTE Academic) will be allowed sometime in November according to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

To give you an overview, please check out the table below:


English Language proficiency level Test component IELTS TOEFL iBT PTE Academic OET Cambridge English:Advanced (CAE)*
Functional Average across test components only 4.5 32 30 N/A N/A
Vocational Listening 5.0 4 36 B 154
Reading 5.0 4 36 B 154
Writting 5.0 14 36 B 154
Speaking 5.0 14 36 B 154
Competent Listening 6.0 12 50 B 169
Reading 6.0 13 50 B 169
Writting 6.0 21 50 B 169
Speaking 6.0 18 50 B 169
Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas) Listening 7.0 24 65 B 185
Reading 7.0 24 65 B 185
Writting 7.0 27 65 B 185
Speaking 7.0 23 65 B 185
Superior (for points tested Skilled visas) Listening 8.0 28 79 A 200
Reading 8.0 29 79 A 200
Writting 8.0 30 79 A 200
Speaking 8.0 26 79 A 200


Furthermore, for the early 2015, a third kind of test will be added to the array of choices. The CAE (Cambridge English: Advance) that embrace 5 areas to be evaluated, the four typical assessed in IELTS, plus one section more called Use of English (20% of the total score). Other particularity of this Exam, is that the Speaking part is evaluated in pairs, face to face, means that 2 candidates will take this part at the same time, but of course each will get independent score.

Thus, all these new possibilities, added to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and the OET (Occupational English test), can start to be taking into account at the time to analyse your best chance, and maximise the probabilities of get the best score in English proficiency test.

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