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English language requirements

General skills assessment

CPA Australia recognises the following programs or tests as meeting the English proficiency requirements of the general skills assessment:

Minimum scores for each of the components will need to be achieved in the IELTS Academic, PTE Academic and TOEFL iBT tests:

  Listening Reading Writing Speaking
CAE* 185  185  185   185
IELTS Academic  7.0  7.0  7.0 7.0
TOEFL iBT  24  24  27 23
PTE Academic**  65  65  65  65

*CPA Australia recognises CAE tests completed on or after 1 January 2015 only.

**If you have completed the PTE Academic, remember to share your results with CPA Australia, Southbank, through your online PTE Academic account to complete your assessment. 

Provisional assessment

CPA Australia recognises the following tests as meeting the English proficiency requirements of the temporary visa (subclass 485) skills assessment:

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*
  • IELTS General or Academic
  • PTE Academic
  • TOEFL iBT
Minimum scores for each of the components will need to be achieved:

  Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

 CAE*  169 169  169  169 
IELTS   6.0  6.0  6.0  6.0
TOEFL iBT

 12 13

21

18

PTE Academic

 50 50

50

50

*CPA Australia recognises CAE tests completed on or after 1 January 2015 only. 

The English proficiency requirement for the skills assessment is not related to Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) English language threshold. Exemptions on the basis of holding a passport from or citizenship of certain countries are not available for the skills assessment.

Why is CPA Australia's English proficiency requirements different to DIBP's?

To ensure all applicants are assessed equally and according to criteria that will ultimately help to generate employment outcomes in accounting related occupations, the migration assessment’s English proficiency requirement may sometimes differ from other English proficiency requirements you encounter throughout your visa application process. In order to achieve a positive migration assessment from CPA Australia, you will need to ensure that you meet the English proficiency requirements set out above.

More information on each of the recognised English tests

Track my application

Allow average 15 working days processing time from the receipt of all documents

If you have evidence of your visa expiring within the next 15 days contact your nearest CPA Australia office for assistance.

Migration agent information

When acting on behalf of a client, you will need to provide either: 

  • a Form 956 
  • a letter of authority

Letters of authority must include the client’s signature, full name and date of birth. It must identify you by your name, company name, postal and email addresses. 

Quality health cover for your visa application

Getting an appropriate level of health insurance may be a requirement for your visa. We have worked with Bupa to offer you the security and protection of private health cover at a discounted rate.
Call 134 135 or visit any Bupa store and quote 2098532 for discounted CPA health cover.