English Language Proficiency Tests are assessments designed to evaluate an individual’s ability to use the English language effectively. These tests are commonly required for admission to educational institutions, especially in English-speaking countries, and for certain types of visas. The primary purpose is to ensure that individuals can comprehend, communicate, and participate in an English-language academic or professional environment. The tests assess your four core skills: Listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
When considering higher education in Australia, proficiency in English is a key requirement, not only for academic success but also for obtaining a student visa. Australia attracts over 400,000 international students annually, and to secure a spot in prestigious Australian institutions, prospective students often need to prove their worth through various means, with one notable method being the English language proficiency tests.
To prove you have proficient English, you need to show evidence that in the 3 years before you apply for the visa, you scored the required test results in one of the accepted tests. The Australian government accepts scores from the following tests for English language visa requirements:
IELTS is one of the most trusted English language tests globally, with more than 10,000 organizations recognizing it internationally. The IELTS certification is accepted by academic institutions, companies, professional bodies, and government organizations in more than 140 countries across the globe, including Australia. Nepali students aiming for degrees in Australian universities mostly prefer IELTS tests.
There are two main categories in IELTS: Academic and General Training. Students trying for a study visa at the undergraduate or postgraduate level must take Academic IELTS. Scores are reported on a scale from 1 to 9 for each skill and as an overall band score. In general, the required test score is at least 7 for each of the 4 test components. The total length of the IELTS test is 2 hours and 45 minutes, divided into four sections: Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.
The standard fee for the IELTS test as of 2023 in Nepal is:
IELTS on Paper = NPR 29,500
IELTS on Computer = NPR 27,100
Since December 2022, IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) has been made available for certain test takers. OSR allows test takers to retake one of the four test components in either reading, writing, speaking, or listening (once only).
Just like IELTS, PTE is a highly respected English language test widely accepted in Australia. However, PTE offers a unique and dynamic testing experience with some distinct advantages. PTE Academic is an English language test for international study and immigration and is completely computer-based. The assessment for PTE Academic includes both everyday and academic English. Since PTE test scores are entirely computerized, you can be guaranteed that your grades are marked fair and you get your result within 48 hours.
PTE scores are reported on a scale from 30 to 90, with 10-point increments. Australian universities typically require a minimum score of 60 to 65 for undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It takes about 2 hours and consists of four parts: Speaking & Writing, Reading, and Listening.
The standard fee for the PTE test as of 2023 in Nepal is NPR 25,000.
Like IELTS, TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) boasts international recognition, accepted by thousands of universities, companies, and government agencies in over 130 countries, including Australia.
TOEFL specifically focuses on the type of English that is used in academic settings and that is why it is most sought after by students who wish to study in Australia. Similar to PTE, TOEFL iBT is entirely computer-delivered, offering a modern and streamlined testing experience. PBT (Paper Based Test) TOEFL is no longer available in Nepal and CBT (Computer Based Test) TOEFL has been discontinued worldwide.
The scores range from 0 to 30, the full score being 120 Points (30 per section). Australian universities typically require a minimum score of 79-90 depending on the program and institution. It takes about 4 hours and consists of four sections: Reading, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
The standard fee for the PTE test as of 2023 in Nepal is NPR 24,695.
With this, the blog concludes the significance of each English proficiency language test available for Nepali students aiming for an Australian student visa. Whether you choose IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL, each test serves as a key to unlocking academic opportunities in Australia. Well, the provided information is an overview of the available tests and there’s more to them. Visit A One Global Consultants for detailed information on these tests, including fees and test structure, and expert guidance for test preparation.