English language requirements

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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:

If you are submitting Pearson PTE scores for English proficiency, you must first authorise CPA Australia (CPA Australia, VIC, Southbank) to receive your PTE results, after which it may take up to 72 hours to be available. To avoid delays in processing your assessment, CPA Australia recommends authorising your PTE scores before submitting your supporting documents.

Minimum scores for each of the components will need to be achieved:

  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.

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 Home Affairs' English language threshold. Holding a passport from or citizenship of certain countries will not exempt applicants from this requirement.

Why are CPA Australia's English proficiency requirements different to the Department of Home Affairs'?

Applicants are assessed according to criteria that will ultimately support employment outcomes in accounting related occupations. As a result, the migration assessment’s English proficiency requirement may differ from other English proficiency requirements you encounter throughout your visa application process. To achieve a positive migration assessment from CPA Australia, you must meet the English proficiency requirements set out above.

More information on each of the recognised English tests