Australia Announces Changes to English Language Requirement Scores – Subclass 476 and 485 Visas

Minimum English language test scores for the Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visas will change from April 18, 2015.

If you submit an application for either of these visas on or after April 18, you will be required to supply evidence of having attained one of the following in a test taken in the three years immediately prior to filing your visa application to Australia:

an overall score of at least 6, with nothing below 5 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test
a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) of an Occupational English Test (OET)
a total score of at least 64, with nothing below 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking, in a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
an overall score of at least 50 with nothing below 36 in each of the four test components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in a Pearson Test of English Academic
an overall score of at least 169 with nothing below 154 in each of the four test components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken on or after 1 January 2015.
Under the change, the “competent English” requirement will not apply to subclasses 476 and 485.

There is only one change in minimum English test scores. If applicants hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland, they will satisfy the English requirement.