5 tips to claim superior English for your Points Test Visa

by IDP IELTS — January 29th, 2019

Some Australian Permanent Resident (PR) visas are points-based. You can claim points if you have competent, proficient or superior English. Here are our 5 tips for getting extra points for migration.

Tip 1: Understand the required score for your bonus points

When you’re thinking of migrating to Australia as a Permanent Resident (PR), you may come across points-based visas. Check what this is and how it works in more detail. You can get additional points for English language proficiency. This depends on the visa you are applying for.

Points for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
  • Competent English  0
  • Proficient English    10
  • Superior English      20
Points for Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Competent English  0
  • Proficient English    10
  • Superior English      20
Points for Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
  • Competent English  0
  • Proficient English    10
  • Superior English      20
Points for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
  • Competent English  0
  • Proficient English    10
  • Superior English      20
  • Extra 5 points for partner with competent English
The Australian Government defines five levels of English. What do these levels mean in terms of IELTS scores?
Functional English
  • An average band score of at least 4.5 for each of the 4 test components
Vocational English
  • At least 5 for each of the 4 test components
Competent English
  • At least 6 for each of the 4 components
Proficient English
  • At least 7 for each of the 4 test components​
Superior English
  • At least 8 for each of the 4 test components

Tip 2: IELTS Progress Check

Maybe you’ve never done an English test before. Or it’s been a while since your last IELTS test. Either way, you should start with IELTS Progress Check. It’s our official, computer-based IELTS practice tests that are assessed and scored by official IELTS markers. You get an indicative band score and feedback on your performance. This way, you know how you might score for a real test.

Access the IELTS Progress Check

Tip 3: Prepare for your IELTS test

Even if English is your first language, or you consider yourself a native speaker, you should still practise for IELTS before taking the test. Our free IELTS Masterclasses are designed to help you display an advanced level of English. You’ll get tips and tricks to achieve a high score. We’ll explain the marking criteria and help you avoid mistakes.

We also have an IELTS Study Plan. Whether you’re new to IELTS or already familiar with IELTS, let us help you to get the IELTS score you need. We’ll guide you to the best preparation material.

IELTS Study Plan

Tip 4: Get some extra help from an official IELTS coach

Practice makes perfect is a well-known idiom which means that it is possible to learn something or develop a skill if you practise enough (if you’re interested in other idioms, check this). One way to increase your skills in a certain area of the IELTS test is by getting feedback on your performance. With IELTS Assist, you practise your IELTS skills in Writing, Reading or Speaking. You will receive a personalised action plan from an official IELTS coach to improve your band score. This way, you can see what you do well and where you can improve to get a higher score.

Boost your score with IELTS Assist

Tip 5: Book a computer-delivered IELTS test

We asked IELTS test takers about their experience with computer-delivered IELTS. 90% of test takers at IDP IELTS Melbourne found the computer-delivered IELTS easier than paper-based IELTS. Take advantage of multiple test sessions a day and results in 5-7 days. Get to know computer-delivered IELTS.

Results in 5-7 days: book computer-delivered IELTS

Immigration and the law

Legislation about immigration changes frequently. It’s important to check the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for changes that may apply to you. If you are interested in Australian student visas, work visas, or looking to migrate permanently, you need to lodge an application with the Australian Government. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent. However, you can also get free advice for student visas.