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English Test for Citizenship

Changes to English Test for Citizenship

In April 2017, the Federal Government announced significant reforms to Australian citizenship eligibility. Before this announcement, there was no requirement for any English test for citizenship. However, that has now changed.

According to the Government, citizenship applicants will now have to prove they possess Competent English as part of their citizenship application process.

Remember: The new English test requirement is over and above the Citizenship Test administered by Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

What is Competent English?

As per the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Competent English is evidence of your ability to use English at a minimum standard as specified by the Department.

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How You Can Prove Competent English

You can prove Competent English by providing a minimum English proficiency test score achieved three (3) years immediately prior to applying for citizenship.

PTE Academic

Test score of at least 50 in each of the four test components (Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing)


Test score of at least 6 Bands in each of the four test components (Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing)

Other Proficiency Tests

The Department also accepts other English proficiency tests (e.g.) OET, TOEFL iBT and Advanced Cambridge.

Some Exemptions

Passport holders and citizens of UK, USA, Canada, Republic of Ireland, and New Zealand are exempt from proving Competent English.

Prepare for Your English Test

Whilst you may possess English proficiency higher than the Department’s Competent English criteria, it still needs to be proved with your test score.

Remember, ‘good’ English alone is not always sufficient to achieve your required test score. In our experience, increased familiarity with the English test, question types, scoring, user-interface, and other nuances goes a long way to ensure you achieve your best English test for citizenship score.

We can help you prepare for the PTE Academic test.

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