(May 19, 2011) - Australia Approves TOEFL® Test Scores for Student Visas
Princeton, N.J (May 19, 2011)
Students from around the world who wish to study in Australia can now use their TOEFL® test scores as part of their visa application as announced by Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
"I am very pleased
the TOEFL test has been chosen as one of the new English test providers and I am
confident they will provide a valuable service to student visa applicants," said
the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.
has significant meaning for large numbers of international students from
Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries, including China, India, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri
Lanka, Turkey and the Philippines, who are interested in studying in Australia.
International students now have the opportunity to use the TOEFL test to
demonstrate their English language proficiency, satisfying the required language
component of the visa application process.
university and college in Australia already accepts TOEFL scores for admission
purposes. Today's announcement means that students globally can now use their
TOEFL scores for both visa and academic admission purposes," explains David
Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Global Division.
For more than 45
years, the TOEFL test has been the most widely recognized English language
assessment in the world, used by more than 8,000 colleges, universities and
agencies, including the most prestigious institutions in the U.K., Canada,
Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. And with more than 4,500 test sites
globally, the TOEFL test is more convenient than ever for students wishing to
apply for study in Australia.
"The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted
English language assessment worldwide. It is popular with prospective students
and agents in all of Australia's major source markets. I'm sure that all of
Australia's universities, VET and English language providers join me in
welcoming the re-introduction of the TOEFL test for student visa purposes,"
commented Jeffrey Smart, Pro Vice- Chancellor (International and Recruitment) at
Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology. "For many years, students have
been able to gain academic admission into Australia's universities on the basis
of their TOEFL score: now applicants will be able to satisfy visa requirements
with this test as well. With students in 165 countries taking the TOEFL test,
the Department's decision provides a boost to Australia's international student
recruitment efforts offering a larger and more diverse applicant pool."