Australia is Open for Business

ETS Recognized as English Language Test Provider for Skilled Migration Visas


Princeton, NJ (May 23, 2014) —

The TOEFL® test, created by Educational Testing Service (ETS), has been accepted as an English-language test for use with Australia's skilled migration visas.

As the TOEFL test is already recognized as an English test for student visas in Australia, this announcement means that Australia is open for business as people across the globe can use their TOEFL scores for student, post-study work, skilled migration and business visas, as well as academic admissions purposes.

The TOEFL test will be accepted in November for all visas in the graduate, skilled, business, work and holiday categories. The test will also be accepted for use with the SkillSelect system.

"ETS is delighted to take up this wonderful opportunity to expand our services in the Australian market beyond the higher education sector," said David Payne, Vice President, Global Education Division at ETS. "With the TOEFL test now accepted across the visa continuum, Australia becomes an even more appealing skills and knowledge destination for people seeking education or to make an able contribution."

Students will be able to use the TOEFL test to progress to graduate and post-study visas. Australian businesses will have access to a greater pool of potential employees whose English has been tested against an established global standard.

Almost every tertiary education provider in Australia already accepts TOEFL scores for admissions purposes. The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted academic English-language assessment, with more than 27 million people having taken the test worldwide.

More information about the TOEFL test and the use of TOEFL scores for Australia's skilled migration visas is available at

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.