Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Princeton, N.J. (23 May 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.

Today’s announcement paves the way for Australian higher education institutions to have access to even more quality international students from a diverse range of markets. Previously, only one English language assessment was accepted for students coming to Australia from Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries such as China and India.

“Nearly every university and college in Australia already accepts TOEFL scores for admission purposes. With this decision, many more international students will be able to consider Australian universities without having to take a second English test for visa purposes. We think this is good for both international students and Australian higher education,” explains David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS’s Global Division.”We hope someday to see the TOEFL test accepted for skilled migration purposes as well.”

The announcement is significant for large numbers of international students from Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries who are interested in studying in Australia. They 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.
For more than 45 years, the TOEFL test has been the most widely accepted English language assessment in the world, recognised 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 around the world, 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 at a critical juncture as our country’s institutions compete for talented international students.”
More information about the TOEFL test, including registration dates and free sample test questions, is available at

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The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English language assessment in the world, recognised by more than 8,000 institutions in more than 130 countries. Globally, the TOEFL test is available at more than 4,500 testing sites. To date, more than 25 million students around the world have taken the TOEFL test.

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