TOEFL-PBT or Test of English as a Foreign Language
Paper-Based test which was previously used as a tool by the Department
of Home Affairs to measure the English skills of foreign applicants
whose native language was not English is now withdrawn by a legislative
instrument broadcasted on June 5, 2018. The test was designed for the
Subclass 500 (Student) visa applications.
An external agency re-assessed the TOEFL-PBT on October 14, 2017, and it was then decided not to continue with the TOEFL-PBT as a pedestal for speaking.
What is TOEFL-PBT?
Testing of English language speaking skills is a prerequisite for evaluation of a visa applicant to determine that they have the specified proficiency for the English Language. The test is designed to make sure that the applicants can communicate properly in person to person situations within Australia.
Impact of the Change
The change in the TOEFL-PBT led to the IMMI
18/015 instrument, not including the TOEFL-PBT as an established English
language test. This is due to the failure to measure the English
language speaking proficiency of the visa applicant. Therefore, the main
objective of the modified tool is to eliminate the TOEFL-PBT as one of
the required skill tests for determining the English language skills of
an applicant approved by the Subclass 500 (student) visa applications
However, the previous criterion for the English language proficiency stays the same as they were before the new instrument was rolled out. The new instrument for the English language proficiency requirements are now mentioned in section 2 of the instrument that includes:
- The English language tests;
- The English language test scores;
- and, the time frame within which an English language test must be taken.