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‘Vocational English’ Test Score Requirements Changed

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The Department of Home Affairs has released a legislative instrument specifying the new scores required to achieve ‘Functional English’ for Australian immigration purposes.

The new requirements are now as follows:

ACSF

(a)   at least Level 3 proficiency in each of the four core skills of learning, reading, writing and oral communication under the Australian Core Skills Framework; or

IELTS

(b)   an average score of at least 5.5 in an International English Language Testing System test, based on the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening; or

TOEFL

(c)   a total band score of at least 46 in a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test, based on the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening; or

Cambridge

(d)   a total band score of at least 162 in a Cambridge C1 Advanced Test, based on the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening; or

PTE

(e)   a total band score of at least 42 in a Pearson Test of English Academic, based on the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening; or

OET

(f)    at least B for each of the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening in an Occupational English Test. 

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