Australia revises the English-language test scores criteria for subclasses 476, 485

April 30, 2015
Australia overhauls the language test score for subclasses 476, 485

Starting from 18 April 2015, Australia is executing amendments to the minimum English language test scores for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) and Skilled-Recognized Graduate (subclass 476) visas. 

Applicants who have filed an application for any of these visa categories on or after 18 April, then they should furnish a proof of attaining any one of the following:

  • Minimum score should be six, and no score should be under five in every test element including (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score  
  • At least a score of B in every four language test elements of an OET (Occupational English Test)
  • Score of minimum 64 with not less than four for reading as well as listening and 14 for writing as well as speaking in TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test)
  • Score of minimum 50 with not less than 36 in every four language test elements in a Pearson Test of English Academic
  • Score of minimum 169 with not less than 154 in every of the four language components in CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced test) undertaken on or after 1 January 2015

The test scores should be not more than three years from the date of lodging the visa application.

According to the new amendments, applicants for subclasses 476 and 485 visas are not required to satisfy the competent English requirement. Only English language test scores will be amended. Applicants are still required to satisfy the English language requirement provided they possess a valid passport granted by the UK, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and US.

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