English Test for migration – DUC Clients

The most popular English Tests available are;

IELTS: https://www.ielts.org/

From 14 December 2022, IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) will be available for certain test takers. OSR allows test takers to retake one of the four test components in either reading, writing, speaking or listening (once only).

For Australian visa purposes, the Department will accept IELTS test results that include OSR, with the exception of applications for subclasses 476, 482, and 485, which need scores from a single sitting/attempt.

This may not be available at all IELTS test centres, so it is down to you to confirm that this is offered at your local test centre, in your country of residence.

PTE Academic: https://pearsonpte.com/ 

Take the Scored Practice test to ascertain your level of English Proficiency. https://pearsonpte.com/preparation


Holding a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or NZ is the equivalent of the Competent Level; however, this does NOT score points towards the visa application.

The Proficient Level scores 10 Points towards the visa application
The Superior Level scores 20 Points towards the visa application

If you are the Main Applicant, do not hold a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or NZ, and do not need the points towards your visa application, you still need to achieve the Competent Level.

If you are the Dependent Partner (or Dependent Child aged over 18) on a skilled visa application and your passport is not from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or NZ, then you need to achieve the Functional Level.

If you are the Dependent Partner on a skilled visa application and your passport is not from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or NZ, then you need to achieve the Competent Level to generate 5 points towards your partner’s visa application.

Before you sit the IELTS English test, you should confirm with us which you need to take – General or Academic.

English Language Test for specific skill assessments

  • ANMAC will accept PTE and IELTS One Skill retake.
  • AITSL only accepts IELTS, and will accept IELTS One Skill retake.
  • CAA (Accountants), accept PTE and IELTS Academic One Skills retake.

Please note: This may not be available at all IELTS test centres, so it is down to you to confirm that this is offered at your local test centre, in your country of residence.

Table below details the equivalent scores for the various tests.

English Test Tuition

We have English Test experts that offer private tuition to help you prepare for the test.

1-hour lesson is £40 + VAT for DUC Clients.
Bundle offer: 3 x 1-hour lessons for £110 + VAT for DUC Clients.

Lessons are done via Microsoft Teams or Zoom and can be conducted on weekends or through the week; mornings, afternoons or evenings, depending on your requirements.

Contact Fife Massey at fife.massey@downundercentre.com if you have any queries.

From Vocational up to Superior, you must look at your result from each component to see how many points go towards the Visa, not the overall English test result.

Please note: It is EACH component that counts, not the overall score.

Important News:

From 26 July 20​23 TOEFL iBT will no longer be offering English language tests for Australian visa purposes until further notice.