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Next month, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia (DIBP) will begin accepting Cambridge English: Advanced scores as proof of English language ability under a range of visa categories.
The test, developed by Cambridge Assessment English, has been accepted for student visa programmes since 2011. Under the new changes, Cambridge English: Advanced will also be recognised for Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident and Work and Holiday visa programmes.
The news follows an announcement earlier in the year from DIBP regarding their decision to accept alternative English language tests for a range of visa categories. Cambridge English: Advanced is an in-depth English language exam accepted by more than 5,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world as proof of high-level achievement.
‘Cambridge English: Advanced helps people around the world develop the language skills they need to successfully study, work and live in English speaking countries,’ commented Daniel Yuen, Regional Manager, Australia and New Zealand. ‘The exam is recognised by thousands of organisations around the world and this new acceptance by the DIBP is really good news and shows the importance they place on high-level English language skills.’
The new acceptance from DIPB will be implemented from 1 January 2015 and coincides with the launch of the Cambridge English Scale, which is a new clearer way of reporting Cambridge English test results. This single scale for reporting results across the Cambridge English exams will be launched for Cambridge English: First, First for Schools, Advanced and Proficiency in January and phased in for other Cambridge English exam during 2015.
The following visa subclasses will accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test scores from January 2015:
*Closed to new applications, but family members can apply
The department will use the following Cambridge English Scale scores for Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) from January 2015, when the reporting scale is launched:
English language proficiency level
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
Average across test components only
Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas)
Superior (for points tested Skilled visas)