Student Visa English Language Requirements

Student Visa English Language Requirements

Student Visa English Language Requirements

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) testing is no longer the only test that would check the English fluency for international students who have applied for student visas. IELTS being the English testing benchmark in Australia had the monopoly of holding tests for student applying for visas in the country. Jointly owned by IDP and British Council, the students from other countries had to arrange for time, money, and effort to sit for the exam.

Since November, 2011 the situation has changed for the better with other international tests being also recognized for the same. Today, students can sit for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Cambridge English Advanced test, Pearson's PTE Academic test, and many more newly developed tests.

Students to Benefit
The decision to include other tests to check the English learning capacity of the international students by Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has benefited students, especially those who want to migrate from India, China, and South East Asian countries. More testing places have been created apart from the IELTS centers. With inclusion of more testing hubs, the competition in the testing market is also expected to increase. This would consequently make the tests more qualitative.

The students would get a choice to select the testing place, avail results quickly, and thus, get their visa applications reviewed promptly. Students, especially from non-English speaking countries could sit for tests readily available in their country, such as TOEFL.

Boost in the Testing Market
Today, because of the open testing market policy, new English testing companies are coming up. The government has introduced the equivalency scores that would allow students to be ranked under a common benchmark. The existing language testing units have also opened new centers at various locations in non-English speaking countries, where major chunk of international students move in to Australia each year on a student visa.

Strategy to Rope in Better Students

IELTS would still remain the official language testing unit for visa formalities. The slow progress of student visa applications has led to this change. With less time in getting student visas and convenient testing units, Australian education sector has seen an influx in the rate of international students, especially those planning short-term job-oriented courses and projects related to research and development.

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