Testing English Language Proficiency

Are you looking to improve your ability to speak English?
A number of visas ask that you prove your proficiency with English language speaking. In the past, the only accepted test for this assessment was the IELTS test. Now, new legislation has allowed in new tests that will be recognized by the Department of Immigration. There is no longer just the IELTS and the OET; visa applicants can also take one of three other tests, depending on the visa they are going for. Here is the complete list:

  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)- applies to only some health occupations
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL IBT)

For some visas, not all of these tests will be acceptable. Applicants should be prepared to take the IELTS test for certain visas.
These new tests have been in place for a while, and we have gathered some information on responses to them. Most of the positive feedback is coming from visa applicants who have taken the Pearson Test. For many people who had a hard time with the IELTS test, this may be a good alternative. What differentiates them is that the PTE test is taken online, while the IELTS test is a handwritten one.

What to know about the Pearson Test of English
You can take the Pearson Test at one of several different test centres located all around the world. The results from the test would be available to you within five days, and a copy of your test can be available in a few weeks. You will pay about the same price for this test as you would for the IELTS
What to Know about the IELTS Test
There are far more places that offer the IELTS test when compared to the Pearson test. If you want to find a testing location near you, you can always visit the IELTS website and use their testing location finder. These locations offer regular testing, and the results of your test will be available to you in a couple weeks.
Do you have apprehensions about fulfilling the English-speaking requirements?
Not everyone will need to go through the English language assessment part of the visa application process. Many visas don’t require that the applicant be able to speak English or prove their ability to speak English. If you would like to know whether the visa you require has this specification, then contact us.
The best strategy for dealing with the visa application and migration process is to have experienced people working for you. Let one of our agents examine your case to ensure that no mistakes are being made.
Our team can give you expert advice about your situation and how to get through the application process. You can contact us today without obligation or cost.