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What is the change? The regulations concerning acceptable tests for the evidencing of English language ability have been amended for some visa subclasses.
What does the change mean? Applicants who are required to demonstrate English-language ability and do not qualify for a relevant exception will be allowed to undertake any of the following tests: IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT and Pearson (PTE Academic).
Background: Previously, IELTS was the only acceptable English-language testing provider. As the test dates are quite limited, applicants experienced lengthy delays in obtaining test results and, as a consequence, delays in the visa application process.
The new regulation sets out the test providers and minimum test scores required for each skill level of English:
BAL Analysis: The recognition of other English testing providers is beneficial news for clients as they will have access to a greater number of providers, which should in turn decrease the waiting times to sit for the relevant tests.
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