Acceptable English language test results for SMC and Silver Fern

The following English language test results are acceptable for applicants under the Skilled Migrant Category and Silver Fern Job Search Visa.

Principal applicant

Test Minimum score required

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - General or Academic Module

Overall score of 6.5 or more

Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)

Overall score of 79 or more  

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Overall score of 58 or more

Cambridge English: First (FCE)

or

Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools

Overall score of 176 or more

Occupational English Test (OET)

Grade B or higher in all four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)*

* A score of Grade B or higher in all four skills is required for the OET as there is no overall grade for this test.

Partners and dependent children aged 16 and older

Test Minimum score required

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - General or Academic Module

Overall score of 5.0 or more

Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)

Overall score of 35 or more

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Overall score of 36 or more

Cambridge English: First (FCE)

or

Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools

Overall score of 154 or more

Occupational English Test (OET)

Grade C or higher in all four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)*

* A score of Grade C or higher in all four skills is required for the OET as there is no overall grade for this test.