31 August 2011
of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC); You can now take this test to confirm your English language ability when applying for a student or immigration visa.
Cambridge said that the decision by UK immigration and Australia immigration was made in a bid to attract more students to higher education establishments both in Australia and the UK. Both countries have recently come under fire for bringing in stricter student immigration rules.
The UK recently brought in more restrictions on foreign students working in the UK. The UK also intends to axe the popular Tier 1 Post Study Work visa scheme. Australia had made English language requirements somewhat tougher for foreign students; More recently, following concerns from the country's education sector, Australia immigration eased some of the requirements for those applying for student visas. UKBA now recognizes Cambridge's Key English Test, Preliminary English
Test, Business English Certificate, Certificated Version of Business Language Testing Service, Certificate of Advanced English, Certificate of Proficiency in English, International Legal English Certificate and
International Certificate of Financial English as suitable tests to confirm English language ability.
In the past, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
was the main test used for assessing English language ability. However, it is not always easy for students to find places on IELTS courses due to the high demand for these tests.