In a significant update for international students and skilled workers, the TOEFL iBT test has been reinstated as a valid English proficiency test for Australian visa applications, effective from May 5, 2024. This decision reverses the temporary suspension announced by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on July 26, 2023.

The DHA’s thorough review confirmed that the TOEFL iBT test meets Australia’s rigorous English proficiency standards. This reinstatement is a relief for many prospective visa applicants who rely on TOEFL scores for their applications. ETS, the organization behind TOEFL, expressed gratitude for the decision, emphasizing the test’s global acceptance and rigorous standards​

Key Points to Note

  1. Validity Period:
    TOEFL iBT tests taken between July 26, 2023, and May 4, 2024, will not be accepted for visa purposes.
    Tests taken before July 26, 2023, will remain valid for two years.
    Tests taken on or after May 5, 2024, will be accepted for visa applications.
  2. Test Centers:
    The Australian government requires that the TOEFL iBT be taken at an approved test center. Online tests are not accepted, so the integrity and standardized administration of the test are ensured.
  3. Global Recognition:
    The TOEFL iBT is recognized by over 12,500 institutions worldwide and remains a preferred test for many international students and professionals. Its reinstatement provides a reliable pathway for those seeking to study, work, or migrate to Australia​.

For more detailed information and updates on the TOEFL iBT and its acceptance for Australian visas, you can visit the official pages on Insider Guides or contact us.