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  • Belinda Christie

The Importance of English Test for Immigration

It can be challenging to understand the entire Australian migration process. You’ll also learn that before you could even deal with Australian government, you will have to go through an assessment of your qualification and skills to meet the Australian standards. A 60-point score on the Australian Skilled Immigration Points Test along with positive skills assessment is a green signal for you to go ahead with your visa application.

Australian Government

The immigration department of Australia does not require citizens of UK, Republic of Ireland, USA, Canada or New Zealand to demonstrate English language skills. However, by taking English language test, you can get an easy option to claim 10 to 20 extra points, which will open up more chances for you to be eligible for a skilled visa. Melbourne immigration agents can help you more in understanding the process and guide you on the complicated migration situations.

English Test

To officially prove your English language skill level, you simple need to take the English level test. In which your English will be tested under 4 categories: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. There are a number of popular tests including IELTS, PTE Academic, OET, TOEFL iBT, and Cambridge (CAE). You can get 10 points for a proficient level in English and 20 points for a superior level.

Skills Assessing Authorities

Each occupation in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and in the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) requires some specific set of skills to meet Australian standards. For most jobs it is not necessary to provide English language ability. However, some occupations like teachers, accountants, engineers, and nurses are required to fulfil this criterion.

Minimum Scores Required for Skill Assessment

Engineers – As per Engineers Australia (EA) requirement, an applicant must score 6 in IELTS in all four categories, i.e. listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Accountants – For accountants applying for skills assessment have to meet proficient level of English

Nurses – According to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), the nurses and midwives have to successfully score minimum of 7 in IELTS Academic in all 4 categories – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Teachers – As per the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), all teachers are required to provide evidence for proficiency level in English language. The minimum score to achieve in IELTS Academic is 7 for both reading and writing and 8 for both speaking and listening.

Which English Test to Take?

It can be difficult to choose from five different English tests. Get all the information you need about the structure and procedure of whole examination process. There are a number of institutes which can prepare you for the test and free practice exams are also available online. Not in any case take the exam lightly even if you are a native English speaker, many native speakers end up failing, not because of lack of knowledge but due to the fact that they don’t know how or what they should be doing during the exam.  Educate yourself about each of the five tests and select the one which you are most comfortable with to increase your chances of scoring higher.

To learn more about the specifications and criteria of getting skilled visa for Australia, get in touch with migration agents in Australia at 1300 268 123.

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