IELTS - What you need to know

The English language requirement is a criteria for many types of visas, such as:

  • 186 Employer Nominated Visa

  • 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

  • 189 Skilled Independent Visa

  • 457 Temporary Work Visa

  • 485 Graduate Visa

  • and Student Visa for many

There are many ways to fulfill the English language requirement, depending on your unique circumstances and visa pathway. Contact our registered migration agent to see if you will need to take an English language examination.

IELTS - Do you speak English?


IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is accepted for many visa categories as well as permanent residency in Australia. Canada, New Zealand and the UK also accept IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency.

Register for an IELTS test here.

Formats and Components

There are 2 test formats: Academic and General. Ask our registered migration agent which of these formats is required for your visa applicaiton.

  1. Listening

  2. Reading

  3. Writing

  4. and Speaking

Click here to see the break down of each of the components and formats.

IELTS Practice Tests

Preparing for IELTS

Most IELTS preparation courses are suitable for up to IELTS score of 6. Contact us today if you would like us to assist in enrolling you into a course.

If you are aiming for higher IELTS or more personalized programs, there are many local private IELTS tutors available.

You can also buy online practice tests to do in your own time at your own pace. The McGraw-Hill Education 6 IELTS Practice Tests (basic ebook) can be bought online here.


Arrive on time and be prepared. Double-check your schedule and ID.

Keep calm and follow the instructions. Read the questions carefully before writing anything.

Be aware of the time. Every test room will have a clock on the wall.

If you know that you will need to get an IELTS score by a certain date, don't leave it to the last minute. It may be a good idea to take the test now, even though you only need it 6 months from now. Even some native English speakers may struggle with the format and the pressure of sitting in an exam with a time limit. Take a test now and you will get an idea of what components you will need to focus on.

Other Information

IELTS questions

Can I use my previous IELTS results for my next visa application? What scores do I need? Can I take other English tests? Can I get a waiver from taking an English test?

Email Anna Molina (MARN 1461034), our registered migration agent, at to book a consultation.

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Anna Molina (MARN: 1461034) is the principal registered migration agent at Sophos Migration Specialist located in Perth, WA. She holds a bachelor degree from the University of Western Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practices from Murdoch University. She is also a member of the Migration Institute of Australia and Migration Alliance.


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