The Australian Government accepts Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A) as evidence of English Language Proficiency for all Australian visa categories. The minimum score requirements based on the level of English language proficiency required are as follows:

AUSTRALIA VISA DHA PTE REQUIREMENTS:

  English language proficiency level   Test component   PTE Academic Score

  Functional

  Overall score   30
  Vocational

  Listening

  Reading

  Writing

  Speaking

  36 

  36

  36

  36

  Competent

  Listening

  Reading

  Writing

  Speaking

  50 

  50

  50

  50

  Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas)

  Listening

  Reading

  Writing

  Speaking

  65 

  65

  65

  65

  Superior (for points tested Skilled visas)

  Listening

  Reading

  Writing

  Speaking

  79 

  79

  79

  79

Before you submit PTE score for Australian visa, please check the DHA website for the most recent information.  

Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) for the following visas: 

  • Student visa (subclass 500)
  • Distinguished Talent (Australian support) (subclass 124)
  • Business Talent (subclass 132)
  • Former Resident (subclass 151)
  • Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 160)*
  • Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 161)*
  • Investor (provisional) (subclass 162)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 163)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 164)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (provisional) (subclass 165)*
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
  • Business Innovation & Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)
  • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
  • Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190)
  • Temporary work (skilled) visa (subclass 457)
  • Work and Holiday (temporary) (subclass 462)
  • Skilled – Recognized Graduate (subclass 476)
  • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
  • Skilled – Regional (provisional) (subclass 489)
  • Distinguished Talent (subclass 858)
  • Skilled – Regional (subclass 887)
  • Business Innovation & Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)
  • Business Owner (Residence) (subclass 890)
  • Investor (Residence) (subclass 891)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business owner (Residence) (subclass 892)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) (subclass 893)

*Closed to new applications, but family members can apply

Question: Is PTE Academic or General Valid for Australian visa?

Answer: Only PTE Academic is valid for Australia visa, not PTE General. To submit PTE as proof of English Language proficiency for Australian visa, please submit PTE Academic (PTE-A) for all visa categories. We provide the ultimate PTE preparation - both online and in-person with advanced AI scored Mock Test, Practice Test,  and Vocabulary and Grammar games. 

 

 

Eric Shrestha

About the Author

Eric scored 90 in all four Communicative Skills of PTE with 90 in all of Enabling Skills. He scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT with 117 out of 120 in TOEFL. He went on to graduate with a degree in Genetics and Biochemistry followed by 7 years of post-graduate study in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on cancer research. His GRE score was in the 99th percentile. Before migrating to Australia from the US, he attained 9 in Reading, 9 in Listening, 8.5 in Writing, and 8 in Speaking in IELTS. He is passionate about bringing education and the tools to succeed to students from all backgrounds and walks of life. He has years of tutoring experience and researches Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Automated Essay Scoring in his free time.