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To determine that you have sufficient English language ability to be able to participate in the Australian labour force, the Australian authorities require that you take the IELTS examination if you are not a native English speaker. You do not need to take the IELTS exam if you have gained a tertiary degree (equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification) from a University where English is the medium of instruction.
You can take the IELTS exam in any country in the world. For contact details of institutions offering IELTS examinations, please click here. You should submit the results of your examination along with your main visa application. If you achieve a band score of “5” on the test, you would be considered as having “vocational” English, and would score 15 points for English language ability. If you achieve a band score of “6” on the test, you would be considered as having “competent” English and would score 20 points for English lanaguage ability. Native English language speakers are also granted 20 points.
The IELTS consists of four parts: reading, writing, listening and speaking. For more details, please contact the institution nearest you offering the IELTS test.