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The Australian Department of Home Affairs accepts C1 Advanced, formerly known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), scores for student visa applications and many other visa programmes.
This means that for studying in Australia, you only need one exam to apply for your university place and your visa because most Australian universities and TAFE (Training and Further Education) institutions accept C1 Advanced for admissions purposes.
Before travelling to study or work in Australia, you may need to apply for a visa. As part of your application, you may have to prove you have a particular level of English language ability, or your language skills may be taken into account in other ways when your visa application is considered.
There are different types of visa, depending on your reason for entering the country. C1 Advanced is accepted for Student, Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident, and Work and Holiday visa programmes. Check visa requirements for immigration to Australia with the Department of Home Affairs.
Please note that for your C1 Advanced score to be accepted, your centre must take a photo of you on the test day.
Please be aware of the following information:
From 12 February 2024, only results from the Paper-Based Cambridge C1 Advanced test (previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced CAE) will be accepted for Australian visa and migration purposes. Until further notice, any C1 Advanced Computer-Based test will not be accepted for Australian visa purposes. Test scores for both the paper-based and computer-based C1 Advanced tests taken before 12 February 2024, within the respective visa validity period, are still accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
Australia’s Department of Home Affairs accepts all C1 Advanced scale scores of 147 and higher for exams taken up to two years before a candidate’s application. Exact scores for different visa categories and assessment levels will be published by the Department of Home Affairs.
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Australia’s Department of Home Affairs accepts IELTS scores of 4.0 and higher for exams taken up to two years before your application.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s proven English test. Each year, over 2 million IELTS tests are taken around the world.
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You can find out what scores are required for other visa programmes at the Department of Home Affairs website.
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