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Do I need to complete the IELTS test?

Do I need to sit the IELTS test - Answering the question about the need to sit the IELTS test if you are from an english speaking countryI’ve noticed a recurring question keeps popping up in our forums about the IELTS test.

IELTS or the International English Language Testing System measures a persons ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – a key requirement for folks who intend to study, work and generally live in Australia.

The following is from the FAQ for Migration Skills assessment from Engineer Australia about IELTS:

Do I need to complete the IELTS test?

All applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide evidence of their English competency. Applicants are required to have achieved a minimum of Band 6 in each of the 4 modules of Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking in either the general or academic modules of the IELTS.

Further information on the IELTS can be found in the booklet or at the IELTS website.

The following applicants may be exempted from the requirement for IELTS:

applicants who are native English speakers;
applicants who have successfully completed an Australian engineering qualification or Masters degree or PhD level program at an Australian university.

Please note that an IELTS exemption is determined on a case by case basis and Engineers Australia reserves the right to require an IELTS assessment result if it is deemed necessary.

Applicants must arrange for the IELTS result to be sent directly to Engineers Australia from the test centre. You do not need a Contact ID number (CID) to organise this, the test result will be matched up with your application on arrival.



Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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