If you wish to migrate to Australia, the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection will require that you demonstrate your English abilities as part of your visa application. IELTS is the most popular English language proficiency test for migrants to Australia. It evaluates your English proficiency on a scale of 0 to 9 in each of four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Most Skilled Visas for immigration into Australia require that applicants achieve a minimum score on the Points Test, which award points for a number of different areas including English language ability. Different visas require varying degrees of English language proficiency, categorised as Superior English, Proficient English, and Competent English. The table below illustrates how IELTS results correspond to the Point Test.
|Points for English Language Ability|
|English Language Ability||Points|
|Superior English - person has a score of 8 or more in IELTS in each of the four test components.||20|
|Proficient English - person has a score of 7 or more in IELTS in each of the four test components.||10|
|Competent English - person has a score of 6 or more in IELTS in each of the four test components.||0|