English language requirement for skills assessment

See CA ANZ's minimum scores accepted from English approved providers in order to achieve a suitable skills assessment.

English test requirement

The English language for migration skills assessment is a mandatory requirement for all applicants. There are strictly no exemptions. All applicants will be assessed against the same assessing criteria.

To ensure all applicants are assessed equally, the English language requirement of skills assessment may sometimes differ from other English proficiency requirements you encounter throughout your visa application process.

Confirmation of your English Language proficiency is required by providing evidence from only one of the following approved providers:

CA ANZ will only accept English test results undertaken within three years prior to applying for skills assessment


IELTS Academic or General training is accepted for provisional skills assessment.

IELTS Academic is required for full (permanent) skills assessment.

Minimum scores for each of the components to be achieved to meet the English language requirement:

     Listening Reading   Writing Speaking 
 Provisional skills assessment IELTS General or Academic   6  6  6  6
 Full (permanent) skills assessment  IELTS Academic   7  7  7  7

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

For PTE Academic CA ANZ requires the report form with Score Report Code (SRC). The SRC is 10 digits long and is a combination of letters and number, and was introduced in 2019 to replace the use of the Registration ID. The SRC can be found at the top of the test taker’s score report, underneath their name. The new Score Report Website has eliminated the need for you to assign your scores to CA ANZ.

If your test result does not have a SRC, you can simply log into your PTE Academic account and re-download your score report. The SRC is featured underneath your name.

If you still need to assign your scores to CA ANZ, access Pearson/PTE Academic and type Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand in the field marked “Institution/Organization/Department/School” and click “Search”. PTE results may not be available for verification for up to 72 hours after authorisation has been granted.

Minimum scores for each of the components to be achieved to meet the English language requirement:

     Listening    Reading  Writing  Speaking
Provisional skills assessment  PTE Academic  50  50  50  50 
 Full (permanent) skills assessment  PTE Academic 65  65  65   65


Minimum scores for each of the components to be achieved to meet the English language requirement:

     Listening Reading   Writing  Speaking
Provisional skills assessment  TOEFL IBT  12  13  21 18 
 Full (permanent) skills assessment TOEFL IBT   24 24  27  23 

Cambridge English C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

CA ANZ recognises CAE tests completed on or after 1 January 2015.

Minimum scores for each of the components to be achieved to meet the English language requirement:

     Listening  Reading Writing  Speaking 
 Provisional skills assessment  CAMBRIDGE (CAE)   169  169  169  169
 Full (permanent) skills assessment  CAMBRIDGE (CAE)   185  185  185  185

Accounting Professional Year Program (Accounting PYP)

The Accounting Professional Year Program is approved by the Department of Home Affairs. It is available to overseas students who have an Australian accounting degree qualification as a result of at least two years' study in Australia.

   Accounting PYP   
Full (permanent) skills assessment   (completion certificate and academic transcript)

What you should know

  • Providing invalid English language test results and/or failing to demonstrate English language required score and/or failing to present English language test results in the application may result in immediate unsuccessful outcome.
  • If you are simply wanting to know if additional study is required in order to meet the competency areas, you can request an assessment without an English test. However, the assessment outcome will be negative. Once you have completed the additional studies and English test, you can apply for a review.
  • The Department of Home Affairs advised home/online English Language Tests are not currently recognised for migration skills assessments. CA ANZ will only accept results from tests performed at authorised test centres.
  • CA ANZ will conduct verification of all English language test results through the test provider’s portal.
  • CA ANZ will refuse to assess applications if suspected false and/or non-authentic information or documentation is provided. CA ANZ will issue a negative outcome letter to applicant confirming that: ‘Based on the documentation submitted, CA ANZ is unable to confirm authenticity and therefore the outcome of the assessment is negative’. Suspected falsification will be notified to the Department of Home Affairs and other accounting assessing authorities. A ban on reapplying may be imposed and the application fee will not be refunded.

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