IELTS and the visa process
The International English Language Testing System (or IELTS for short) is a key requirement of many visas in Australia.
IELTS examinations test the applicant’s abilities in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in the English language. As the language instruction in many work-places in Australia is English, it is important to have a grasp of this language for health and safety reasons if anything else.
At the moment IELTS examinations are not needed for applicants from Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. A copy of your passport is usually sufficient however the Department of Immigration has every right to request an IELTS test from you.
Visas applied through General Skilled Migration require evidence of English-language skills and, the higher score you obtain in each band, the more points you are awarded towards the visa itself. IELTS is also necessary for some employer-sponsored options, as well as other visas not mentioned here.
To prepare for a test, the IELTS Organisation offer numerous courses and practice questions around the world and these can be booked relatively easily online. In some instances, the more practice you have the better your chances of scoring highly on the test.