More choice in English language testing

By |June 3rd, 2014|

Applicants for a number of visas are being given more choice in English language testing.

From November this year, people applying for Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Work and Holiday and Former Resident visas will be able to provide the department with a test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL […]

Learn English – Top Tips On How To Learn English

By |May 16th, 2012|

As the number of Australian immigrants from non-English speaking countries continues to rise, the requirement to speak and write a high standard of English is becoming a more significant part of the Australian migration process.

The IELTS or TOEFL  tests which need to be taken to support applications for many Australian Visa classes are for some migrants one of the most difficult hurdles to jump in their journey to life in Australia.

With this in mind, we’ve provided below 13 tips for those of you in the process of  learning English as a second language. […]

Permanent Residence To Be Fast-Tracked For 457 Visa Holders

By |May 9th, 2012|

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, most of you will be aware of the reforms to the permanent employer sponsored migration program. One of the benefits to these reforms is the way in which the pathway for 457 visa holders to permanent residence will be simplified.

The reforms, effective 1 July, are designed to help the Australian Government respond swiftly to labour market demands, while ensuring that limited program places go to those who will make the greatest contribution to Australia.

A new visa structure will be introduced, which comprises two new visas replacing the current employer sponsored visa classes and subclasses. (more info available here) […]

TOEFL Scholarships Annouced – New Opportunities for Students

By |February 21st, 2012|

GDU readers may be interested to know that Education Testing Services (ETS) the creator of the TOEFL test, has recently launched the 2012 TOEFL Scholarship Program – providing students with the opportunity to study “anywhere around the world” at an institution that accepts the TOEFL test.

The scholarship program is designed to award TOEFL test takers for achieving academic excellence, exhibiting leadership skills, performing extracurricular activities and demonstrating English-language proficiency.

In particular, ETS will be offering TOEFL Scholarships for students from China and India that wish to study in Australia. […]

Do I need to complete the IELTS test?

By |December 20th, 2011|

I’ve noticed a recurring question keeps popping up in our forums about the IELTS test.

IELTS or the International English Language Testing System measures a persons ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – a key requirement for folks who intend to study, work and generally live in Australia.

The following is from the FAQ for Migration Skills assessment from Engineer Australia about IELTS:

Do I need to complete the IELTS test? […]

TOEFL Test Score Equivalencies for Student Visas in Australia

By |October 27th, 2011|

You may remember that in May of this year, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) announced that all international students who wish to study in Australia can now use TOEFL test scores as part of their visa application.

Following this approval the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, has now accepted the test score equivalencies identified by ETS research for the TOEFL test when compared to International English Language Testing System (IELTS®) scores.

ETS undertook extensive research with objective, data-based results to provide DIAC with comprehensive recommendations.

I thought this news would be of great interest to you guys so the full press release is below. […]

ETS Launches TOEFL Customer Support Centre to Accommodate Test Takers in Australia

By |July 1st, 2011|

A couple of days ago, ETS announced a new customer support centre to provide assistance to students preparing to take the TOEFL test in Australia.

ETS has provided this support centre after the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) recently announced that all international students who wish to study in Australia will soon be able to use their TOEFL test scores as part of their visa application.

Full Press Release below: […]

Australia Approves TOEFL Test Scores for Student Visas

By |May 30th, 2011|

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) announced last week that all international students who wish to study in Australia can now use TOEFL test scores as part of their visa application.

The TOEFL test is created by non-profit educational assessment and research organisation, Educational Testing Service (ETS).

This announcement represents a significant change for international students from Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries (such as China and India) and the higher education industry in Australia. […]

Tips for taking the TOEFL test

By |January 26th, 2011|

So, you’ve decided to pack your bags and head to Australia to study?

If English is not your native language you may be required to demonstrate your English language skills to study at an Australian institution.

The TOEFL test, developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS), is the most widely accepted English language assessment worldwide. It is used in more than 7,500 institutions in 130 countries, including Australia.

To help you be the best prepared you can possibly be, we have outlined 10 top tips below to help you along your way: […]

Western Australia Announces State Migration List

By |December 13th, 2010|

The Western Australian Government have announced their State Migration Plan (SMP) this week with jobs to support the booming mining sector high on the list of jobs in demand.
More immigration is needed by Australia’s mining industry due to a lack of skilled workers in Australia. It is very important for the industry to have more skilled immigration, since these migrants will support the planned $140 billion in mining-related projects located mostly in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
The list comprises of some 124 occupations, two of which, Accounting and Cook, have already closed. […]

Queensland’s State Migration – Eligible Occupations List Updated

By |December 8th, 2010|

The Queensland State Government has recently updated their state skilled immigration program, including a list of eligible occupations for sponsorship.

According to Senator Chris Bowen, the Gillard Government has a formal commitment to supporting the Australian economy by attracting more skilled migrants who can positively contribute to the workforce and this plan is one of their actions.

Applications for Queensland Government state sponsorship are now open under the Queensland State Migration Plan (SMP). […]

English language Threshold Increased for International Students

By |July 23rd, 2009|

Thousands of students enrolled in vocational courses like cookery and hairdressing, which till now allowed a “fast track” to permanent residency, will have to sit for a test requiring “competent” English language skills while applying to live and work in Australia.

“Trades people applying to live and work in Australia permanently from the first of July will require increased English language skills,” according to new immigration policy changes issued by the Australian Immigration Department.

The change will mean that people applying for the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas overseas will have to pass a test showing they have competent English. In the past, the pass mark was based on vocational English, a lower standard. […]

Additional IELTS tests for student visa holders with visas ceasing 15 March 2009

By |January 27th, 2009|

In response to the current demand for IELTS test results for candidates with Student Visas expiring by 15 March 2009, a number of IELTS test centres throughout Australia have opened emergency places on February 7 and February 21 2009.

There are additional tests available in Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Rockhampton and Darwin.

These tests are for students based in Australia if your visa ceases on 15 March 2009 and you want to apply for General Skilled Migration.

You will only be able to secure one of these emergency test places by presenting proof that your student visa ceases on 15 March 2009 along with your passport. […]

IELTS Preparation Video – Useful Stuff

By |April 20th, 2008|

Not so long ago I wrote a post which gave an overview of the IELTS Exam.

IELTS or the International English Language Testing System measures a persons ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – a key requirement for folks who intend to study, work and […]

Australia’s new language requirements – An easy ride for Brits?

By |January 6th, 2008|

During the run up to the recent changes which were made to the Australian Skilled Migration system, it seems that some of the stories circulating in the media were a little misleading.

We’ve already written about the International English Language Testing System IELTS and the points you get for speaking and writing English at a high level.

We’ve also written about the fact that the English Language Threshold had been raised making it harder for those who don’t hold English as a first language to gain the necessary points.

However, does this mean (as announced in some media outlets) that the the English language requirements for English speaking applicants have been ‘relaxed’, therefore making it easier for Brits to score more points towards their application? […]

IELTS – An Overview of the International English Language Testing System

By |August 25th, 2007|

IELTS or the International English Language Testing System measures a persons ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – a key requirement for folks who intend to study, work and generally live in Australia.

Since the announcement to the changes in the General Skilled Migration Program which comes into effect next week, a migrants ability to speak a good level of English will become even more key as a knock on effect of the English Language threshold being increased.

IELTS Test

The IELTS tests are available in two formats – Academic and General Training with the latter being the more appropriate for people who simply need to prove they can speak and understand a good level of English before moving to Australia.

The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. […]