TOEFL® Advisor Quarterly

November 2011

FOR YOUR STUDENTS

The TOEFL® Test Accepted for Australian and U.K. Student Visas

TOEFL® scores are accepted for all Australian student visas, and when applying for a U.K. work or student visa — making the TOEFL test the best choice in English-language assessment. There are more than 4,500 testing centers available for students to take the TOEFL test. Now students only need to take one test to apply to a university and for a visa, making the TOEFL test even more convenient.

Compare TOEFL iBT® Scores to IELTS® Band Scores for Australia

Following the approval in May 2011 of the TOEFL test for student visas by the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Minister has accepted the test score equivalencies identified by ETS research for the TOEFL test when compared to the IELTS® academic scores. The new score equivalencies will likely come into effect on November 5, 2011.

The following table summarizes the equivalence research:

TOEFL iBT Score IELTS Band
0–31 0.4
32–34 4.5
35–45 5.0
46–59 5.5
60–78 6.0
79–93 6.5
94–101 7.0
102–109 7.5
110–114 8.0
115–117 8.5
118–120 9.0

Minimum TOEFL iBT® Score Requirements for U.K. Border Agency Visa Application

Please note that the requirements relating to visas are complex and change frequently. Therefore we advise that you regularly check the U.K. Border Agency website.

UKBA Visa Tier Category Minimum CEFR Level Requirement Minimum TOEFL Score Requirement
1 Highly Skilled Workers – General C1 Listening – 26
Reading – 28
Speaking – 28
Writing – 28
2 Minister of Religion B2 Listening – 21
Reading – 22
Speaking – 23
Writing – 21
2 Skilled Worker – General B1 Listening – 13
Reading – 8
Speaking – 19
Writing – 17
4 Students enrolling on a course at NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9 or above (degree or above) B2 Listening – 21
Reading – 22
Speaking – 23
Writing – 21
4 Students enrolling on a course at NQF 3-5/QCF 3-5/SCQF 6-8 (non-degree) B1 Listening – 13
Reading – 8
Speaking – 19
Writing – 17

 

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