Australian student visa accepts three English tests
Australia, 26th May: Three alternative English tests have been added by Australia for Australian student visa applications.
This means wider choice for international candidates wanting to come and study in Australia by gaining Australian student visas.
3 English language tests added, monopoly of IELTS ended—With the addition of three English language tests for Australian student visas, the nation is ending the monopoly enjoyed for quite long time by the IELTS(International English Language Testing System).
Giving the details of the new Australian visa rules, Chris Bowen, Australian immigration minister said the nation has now added three other English language tests, namely, US-based TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and two other English proficiency tests.
So, the three tests considered valid for the purpose of English proficiency for Australian student visas include TOEFL, CAE (Cambridge English-Advanced) from Cambridge ESOL and PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic).
While TOEFL has already been added, the other two tests will be added shortly for Australian student visa purpose, the Australian immigration department stated. It may be worth mentioned that Cambridge English is already enjoying recognition in 110 nations the world over.
Addition of three English tests will make English testing market competitive—Mr. Bowen said that results of English language tests are an integral component in Australian student visa application and hence call for integrity in the testing of English language proficiency. He expressed his pleasure at inclusion of Cambridge as among the three new English language test providers and felt confident that they will ensure valuable services to the Australian student visa applicants.
The immigration minister added that care has been taken to make sure that English language test providers follow high standards for safeguarding test results. Addition of these additional language test choices will create competition in the market of the English language testing while extending increased test places for aspiring Australian student visa applicants, he maintained.
Candidates will not only enjoy wider choice but also help in getting test results for Australian student visa applications in shorter span of time, Australian immigration minister Bowen maintained. Meanwhile, the results of the new English tests will be seen before giving any decision on opening up other Australian visa categories to competition, Mr. Bowen added.