TOEFL-PBT is no longer accepted for Australia Student Visas announced the Department of Home Affairs. This is a change to the accepted test results for English for proof of proficiency in the language.
Paper-Based Test for Test of English as a Foreign Language is now not being accepted for the Australia Student Subclass 500 Visa applications, as quoted by the SBS.
The TOEFL-PBT was revised in October 2017. It did not include a measurement for speaking skills in English. But the test of speaking skills in the English language is a requirement for assessing the English proficiency of an applicant.
DHA has said that assessing the speaking skills in the English language is mandatory. This is designed to make sure that applicants possess the ability for effective communication. It is especially for face-to-face circumstances in Australia, added the DHA.
The TOEFL-PBT was changed last year. Thus it has now been omitted from the tests acceptable for the English language for Australia Student Visas, said the DHA.
Internet-based results of the TOEFL are still valid, added the DHA. But it is not among the favored tests in Australia.
The other acceptable test includes the International English Language Testing System – IELTS, Pearson Test of English – PTE Academic, Cambridge English –CAE, and Occupational English Test.
The test must have been taken not more than 2 years prior to the lodgment of visa application. Only then the test results will be acceptable.
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