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TOEFL Scores Now Accepted for All Australian Visa Applications, Educational Testing Service Announces

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has recently announced that scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will now be considered valid for all Australian visa purposes. This decision comes after the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) conducted a review last July, during which TOEFL scores were temporarily not accepted.

Effective from exams taken on or after May 5, 2024, TOEFL scores will regain their validity for Australian visa applications. ETS, headquartered in Princeton, administers the TOEFL and confirmed this update.

Highlighting Australia’s popularity among Indian students and professionals, Sachin Jain, ETS India and South Asia’s Country Manager, noted that over 1.2 lakh Indian students pursued studies in Australia last year. Furthermore, Australia boasts nine universities ranked among the top 100 globally by QS World University Rankings, indicating its provision of top-tier higher education and post-study employment opportunities.

TOEFL is a standardised assessment for measuring the English language proficiency of non-native speakers seeking admission to English-speaking universities. Widely accepted across more than 12,500 institutions in over 160 countries, TOEFL holds universal recognition in prominent educational destinations such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and is enjoyed by over 98% of universities in the UK.