And 17 more have been found to have changed their scores to turn a fail into a pass.
The mostly Indian students were desperate to pass their English tests because it is the only way they can get permanent residency in Australia.
Details of the racket were revealed in a series of decisions by Australia’s Migration Review Tribunal.
In September alone the tribunal refused the visa applications of four fraudsters who hired impostors to sit exams.
Industry sources say this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Nearly all the cheaters refused to admit their guilt and came up with creative reasons why their photos didn’t match.
Reports in Indian newspapers say cheaters pay up to $2000 to pass the International English Language Testing System test by having “sitters” superimpose their photos on candidates’ passports.
In 2009 a Perth man was jailed for taking $32,000 from Indian students who cheated their English tests.
Nearly all the cheaters caught in recent months arrived in Australia on student visas many years ago and were trying to become permanent residents.