The most commonly accepted English language test in Australia is International English language Testing System ( IELTS). Apart from this, the Australian education system also accepts other tests like TOEFL, CAE, and PTE.
In this article, we will have a look at the most common and widely accepted English language proficiency tests in Australia:
International English language Testing System (IELTS):
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia, and is the main test for students seeking to enroll in study in Australia. The test is designed to evaluate the language ability of those who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. Its score is recognized by over 6,000 organizations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
The test is internationally focused in its content. For instance, the Listening test section uses a range of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand, and British) and all standard varieties of English are accepted in candidates’ responses in all parts of the test.
How to prepare
An individual preparing for IELTS should familiarize himself with the format of the test. It will be helpful for you if you do practice test constantly. You can purchase official IELTS Practice Materials from test centers or online. These materials comprises full practice test with answers, and sample Writing and Speaking performances with examiner comments. You do not need to attend a preparation course. Bust in case you like assistance to improve your performance, IELTS centers and language schools around the world offers preparation courses.
IELTS is designed to evaluate English language skills at all levels. There is no pass or fail in IELTS as the results are presented as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).
|8||Very good user|
|3||Extremely limited user|
|0||Did not attempt the test|
The test comprises four modules. Some of these modules are further divided into Academic module and General Training module.
The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration
The General Training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.
|Modules||No. of Sections||No. of Questions||Time|
|Listening||4||40||Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)|
|General Training Reading||3||40||–|
|General Training Writing||–||2 Tasks (150 and 250 words)||–|
|Academic Reading||–||40||60 minutes (no extra transfer time)|
|Academic Writing||–||2 Tasks (150 and 250 words)||60 minutes|