Australia Approves TOEFL® Test Scores for Student Visas
Students from around the world who wish to study in Australia can soon use their TOEFL® test scores as part of their visa application, as announced by Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
This announcement paves the way for Australian higher education institutions to have access to even more highly qualified international students from a diverse range of markets. Previously, only one English-language assessment was accepted by DIAC for students coming to Australia from Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries such as China and India.
"Nearly every university and college in Australia already accepts TOEFL scores for admissions purposes. With this decision, many more international students will be able to consider Australian universities without having to take a second English test for visa purposes. We think this is good for both international students and Australian higher education," explains David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Global Division.
The announcement is significant for large numbers of international students from Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries who are interested in studying in Australia. They now have the opportunity to use TOEFL test scores to demonstrate their English-language proficiency, satisfying the required language component of the visa application process.
For more than 45 years, the TOEFL test has been the most widely accepted English-language assessment in the world, recognized by more than 8,000 colleges and universities. With more than 4,500 test sites around the world, the TOEFL test is more convenient than ever for students wishing to apply for study in Australia.
"The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English-language assessment worldwide. It is popular with prospective students and agents in all of Australia's major source markets. I'm sure that all of Australia's universities, VET and English-language providers join me in welcoming the re-introduction of the TOEFL test for visa purposes," commented Jeffrey Smart, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International and Recruitment) at Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology.
"For many years, students have been able to gain academic admission into Australia's universities on the basis of their TOEFL scores; now applicants will be able to satisfy visa requirements with this test as well," he added. "With students in 165 countries taking the TOEFL test, the Department's decision provides a boost to Australia's international student recruitment efforts at a critical juncture as our country's institutions compete for talented international students."