TOEFL test scores can demonstrate English proficiency for registration

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Educational Testing Service, creator of the TOEFL iBT test, has welcomed the revised English-language registration standards announced by AHPRA.

From 1 July 2015, regulated health practitioners in Australia will be able to use their TOEFL test scores to demonstrate English-language proficiency required for initial registration.

Registration applicants across the nursing, midwifery, Chinese medicine, chiropractic, dental, medical, medical radiation, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology professions will be able to use their TOEFL test – which has also been accepted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and can be used to demonstrate eligibility for skilled and post-graduate visas.

“From 1 July, people seeking to develop their medical career in Australia will be able to use their TOEFL scores for their student, postgraduate, temporary and permanent skilled visas, as well as their registration,” says Eileen Tyson, executive director of Global Client Relations at ETS.

“The change will maintain the high level of English-language proficiency expected of registered health practitioners in Australia, while streamlining the visa and registration processes.”

The National Boards, which regulate health practitioners in Australia, set the required TOEFL iBT scores for registration at 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.

Ongoing health needs of a growing and ageing population in Australia can be better met through access to the expansive pool of globally mobile health professionals and graduates across the TOEFL global footprint.

“The new standards allow Australia’s clinical practises to recruit a broad range of overseas-trained health professionals that have had their English proficiency verified with the test that is known globally for its high quality,” says Tyson.

“We look forward to working with employers and recruiters across Australia’s medical and health industry to support their needs and sustainable growth.”


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