Students from around the world who want to study in Australia can now use their TOEFL test scores as part of their visa application, according to an announcement by Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

This is good news for large numbers of international students from Assessment Level three and four countries, including India, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the Philippines, who are interested in studying in Australia. They can now use the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English language proficiency, satisfying the required language component of the visa application process. A representative of TOEFL here said Australia's DIAC was hitherto accepting only IELTS scores for visa application.

“Nearly every university and college in Australia accepts TOEFL scores for admission purposes. This announcement means that students globally can now use their TOEFL scores for both visa and academic admission purposes,” explained David Hunt, vice-president and Chief Operating Officer of Educational Testing Services' global division.

More information about TOEFL test, including registration dates and free sample test questions, is available at www.TOEFLGoAnywhere.- org.