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What is the IELTS band requirement for PR in Australia?

IELTS band requirement for PR in Australia

Whichever is the case, you need to prove your proficiency in the English language by giving an exam. Well, you might or might not be aware regarding the need of this exam that demonstrates your competence in English. So, let’s quickly take a look on the English Language Requirement that you will need to prove for applying for PR in Australia. But firstly, it will benefit you to know the reasons as to why a certain level of knowledge of this language is required.

Why Is It Essential To Meet The English Language Requirement?

We know that Australia is a native English speaking country. The primary medium of communication there is the ‘English Language.’

When you are on a new land (i.e. Australia), working at a new workplace, and are surrounded by all new faces, it becomes essential for you to gel up with them both at professional and personal level. For this, you have to communicate with them and at that point you will find that if you are good at conversing in this language, the whole process becomes a lot easier and fun.

Similar is the case when you are out on the streets of Australian cities for exploring it. Every local you meet or any store or restaurant you step in; you will find the need to communicate in English.

On the whole, English is a basic necessity when it comes to interacting with the people and of course to fit in the society for a good living standard. And, this is the principal reason why proficiency in this language needs to be proven to settle in Australia.

To show that you are competent enough and to meet the requirement of English language, one of the most common exams that aspirants give is the IELTS exam and you could appear for it too.

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language proficiency test that an aspirant give for studying or settling abroad. This test determines your English Language abilities through 4 modules:

Reading, Writing, Listening, & Speaking

The IELTS Band requirement set by the Australian Government varies depending on the type of Visa you are applying for.

Following are some of the visas that lead to acquire permanent residency (PR) in Australia.

Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)
Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (subclass 489)
Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 485)
Recognised Graduate Visa (subclass 476)
Employer Nomination Scheme under Direct Entry Scheme (subclass 186)
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme under Direct Entry Scheme (subclass 187)
To be eligible to acquire these visas, you need at least 6 band in each of the four test components in IELTS.

But, if you want to make your application for PR even stronger then you have to pass a Points Test. Now, what is Points Test? Points Test is used to help the Australian Government to select people with appropriate skills. Depending on the type of visa that you are applying for, the number of points required varies.

Points for English Language Ability

Competent English – A person who has a score of 6 or more in each test component in the IELTS gets 0 point.

Proficient English – A person who has a score of 7 or more in each test component in the IELTS gets 10 points.

Superior English – A person who has a score of 8 or more in each test component in IELTS gets 20 points.

If you miss out the required band score even by 0.5 or 1 band, you lose your eligibility to apply for PR in Australia. So, it becomes inevitable to put efforts in the right direction under professional guidance.

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