English language proficiency

English language proficiency

This information is for domestic applicants applying for courses through QTAC.

If you are an international applicant, contact the relevant institution's international student office for their English language requirements.

If you are applying to a direct-entry institution, contact the relevant institution.

You must be able to speak, write, read and comprehend English to a certain standard to be accepted into a course offered through QTAC.

This is known as 'English language proficiency'.

You must demonstrate English language proficiency if:

  • English is not your first language, and
  • you haven't taken a course taught entirely in English in a country approved by the relevant institution, and to a level (eg diploma) and standard (eg pass/fail) they require. Contact the relevant institution for a list of approved countries.

Demonstrating English language proficiency

To demonstrate your English language proficiency, either:

  • provide us with evidence of previous studies or qualifications, or
  • pass a relevant English language test (refer below) and send us your results. Note: You must sit the academic version, not the general version.

Study level/standard and test scores required

Institution policies – 2017/2018 admissions

Key

English language tests
Other abbreviations
  • AQF – Australian Qualifications Framework
  • RATE – Register of Australian Tertiary Education
  • FTE – full-time equivalent
  • GPA – grade point average
  • n/a – not applicable
  • min – minimum accepted test results
  • TBC – to be confirmed
Approved countries: 

In the qualifications tables, where an institution indicates that a particular type of study must be from an approved country, you need to contact the relevant institution directly to find out what those approved countries are.

These tables are subject to change.

Australian Catholic University

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
Health and education courses
  • Successful completion of an overseas secondary qualification where the study is undertaken in the English language and that is recognised for admission purposes and is considered comparable to an Australian Senior Secondary qualification
All other courses
  • Successful completion of an overseas secondary qualification where the study is undertaken in the English language and that is recognised for admission purposes and is considered comparable to an Australian Senior Secondary qualification
  • At least one full-time year of tertiary study with a GPA of 4.00 from an approved country where the language of instruction is English
  • Completion of the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation from TAFE Queensland with a pass in Language and Learning Skills (CTP200A or ATP200B; or ATP400 and ATP401; or ATPALS401A and ATPALS402A)

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years n/a 2 years 2 years
B Education (Primary)
B Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
B Teaching/B Arts (Secondary – Humanities) 
B Teaching/B Exercise Science 
B Teaching/B Science
min 68 in Reading and Writing

min 73 in Listening and Speaking

min 7.5 in Listening and Speaking 

min 7.0 in Reading 
and Writing

not satisfactory

IBT accepted only:

min 24 in Reading and Speaking

min 27 in Writing and Listening

CAE:

min 185 in Reading and Writing

min 191 in Listening and Speaking

B Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) 61 or better overall with min 58 in all communicative skills

6.5 or better overall 

min 6.5 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

IBT accepted only:

Overall score of 90

min 24 in Writing

min 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking

CAE:

176 or better
overall with min 176 in each subscore

M Teaching (Secondary)
M Teaching (Secondary)/Grad Cert in Religious Education
min 68 in Reading and Writing

min 79 in Listening and Speaking

min 8.0 in Listening and Speaking 

min 7.0 in Reading 
and Writing

not satisfactory

IBT accepted only:

min 24 in Reading

min 27 in Writing

min 28 in Listening

min 26 in Speaking

CAE:

min 185 in Reading and Writing

min 200 in Listening and Speaking

B Nursing 
B Nursing/B Business Administration 
B Nursing/B Paramedicine 
B Nursing (for Enrolled Nurses – Diploma of Nursing Entry) 
B Midwifery 
B Midwifery (Graduate Entry) 
68 or better overall with min 58 in all communicative skills

7.0 or better overall

min 6.5 in each 
subtest

 

not satisfactory

IBT accepted only:

100 or better
overall with min 25 in each subscore

CAE:

185 or better
overall with min 176 in each subscore

B Occupational Therapy 
B Arts (Psychology) 
B Psychological Science 
B Social Work 
B Speech Pathology
68 or better overall with min 65 in all communicative skills

7.0 or better overall

min 7.0 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

IBT accepted only:

100 or better
overall with min 25 in each subscore

CAE:

185 or better
overall with min 185 in each subscore

B Physiotherapy 68 or better overall with min 68 in all communicative skills

7.0 or better overall 

min 7.0 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

IBT accepted only:

100 or better
overall with min 25 in each subscore

CAE:

185 or better
overall with min 185 in each subscore

B Applied Public Health/B Global Studies
B Applied Public Health
B Biomedical Science/B Applied Public Health
B Biomedical Science/B Business Administration
B Biomedical Science
B Exercise Science/B Business Administration
B Exercise Science/B Public Health
B Exercise and Sport Science
B Paramedicine
B Physical Activity and Health Science
B Counselling
B Science
61 or better overall with min 50 in all communicative skills

6.5 or better overall 

min 6.0 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

IBT accepted only:

90 or better
overall with min 25 in writing

CAE:

176 or better
overall with min 169 in each subscore

All other courses 54 or better overall

min 50 in Writing and Speaking

min 42 in Reading and Listening

6.0 or better overall 

min 6.0 in Writing and Speaking

min 5.5 in Listening and Reading

not satisfactory

IBT accepted only:

79 or better
overall with min 22 in writing

CAE:

169 or better
overall with min 169 in Writing and Speaking and min 162 in Listening and Reading

 

Australian Maritime College

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
All courses
  • Minimum two years successful tertiary
    study (GPA of 4 or above) where the
    approved language of instruction is English.
  • Successful completion of overseas
    secondary qualification where the approved
    language of instruction is English and where
    study is recognised for admissions purposes.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years n/a 2 years n/a Contact AMC
All courses

50 or better overall

min 42 in all
communicative skills

6.0 or better overall

min 5.5 in each subtest

not satisfactory

PBT: 550 or better overall with min 4.5 in TWE score

IBT: 88 or better overall with min 20 in all subscores

not satisfactory Contact AMC Admissions
on 1300 363 864

 

Bond University - Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) (Graduate Entry)

Formal study and other qualifications

 

Christian Heritage College (CHC)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS

Grad Dip Education
(Secondary)
B Arts/B Education (Secondary)
B Education (Primary) B Education (Secondary)

 

  • Minimum two years (FTE) successful
    tertiary study (GPA of 3.75 or above)
    where the approved language of
    instruction is English completed in the
    last five years prior to commencement of study, from an
    approved country.
  • Completion of a three-year
    undergraduate degree in Australia.
All other courses
  • Minimum one year successful tertiary
    study (GPA of 3.75 or above) where
    the approved language of instruction
    is English.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: n/a 2 years n/a 2 years 2 years Contact CHC
B Arts/B Education (Secondary)
B Education (Primary)
B Education (Secondary)
not satisfactory

7.5 or better overall

min 7.0 in each subtest

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory Contact CHC admissions
All other courses not satisfactory

6.5 or better overall

min 6.0 in each subtest

not satisfactory

PBT: 575 or better overall

IBT: 90 or better overall with min 20 in all subscores

Overall score of 154 or
better or 154 or better in
the verbal subscore
Contact CHC admissions

 

CQUniversity Australia

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
B Nursing Current registration with AHPRA as an enrolled nurse (Division 2)
B Medical Imaging
B Medical Sonography & Grad Dip Medical Sonography
B Occupational Therapy (Honours)
B Oral Health
B Paramedic Science
D Paramedic Science
D Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2)
B Physiotherapy (Honours)
B Podiatry Practice
B Science (Chiropractic)
B Speech Pathology (Honours)
B Engineering (Honours)
B Engineering (Honours) (Diploma Entry)
B Engineering (Honours)/D Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering)
B Engineering Technology (Specialisation)
B Engineering Technology (Specialisation) (Diploma Entry)
B Education (Early Childhood)
B Education (Primary)
B Education (Secondary)
M Teaching (Primary)
M Teaching (Secondary)
Contact CQUni admissions
All other programs
  • Minimum one year successful tertiary study (GPA of 4.0 or above) from an approved country where the language of instruction is English.
  • Other evidence may be satisfactory, contact CQUni admissions.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE* or CPE*
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years n/a 2 years 2 years 2 years
M Teaching (Primary)
M Teaching (Secondary)
To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised
B Education (Early Childhood)
B Education (Primary)
B Education (Secondary)
B Speech Pathology (Honours)
not satisfactory

7.5 or better overall

 min 8.0 in speaking 
and listening 

min  7.0 in reading 
and writing

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Medical Imaging
B Medical Sonography & Grad Dip Medical Sonography
B Occupational Therapy (Honours)
B Oral Health
B Physiotherapy (Honours)
B Podiatry Practice
 
not satisfactory

7.0 or better overall

min 7.0 in each
subtest

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Paramedic Science
D Paramedical Science
64 or better overall with min 64 in all communicative skills

7.0 or better overall 

min 7.0 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory PBT: 600 or better
overall with min TWE
score of 5.0 

IBT: 100 or better
overall with min 25 in
writing
not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Science (Chiropractic)
B Nursing
D Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2)
not satisfactory

6.5 or better overall 

min 6.5 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Engineering (Honours)/D Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering) not satisfactory

6.5 or better overall

min 6.0 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Engineering (Honours)
B Engineering (Honours) (Diploma Entry)
B Engineering Technology (Specialisation)
B Engineering Technology (Specialisation) (Diploma Entry)
not satisfactory

6.0 or better overall

min 6.0 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory
All other programs 54 overall with min 46 in each subscore

6.0 or better overall 

min 5.5 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

PBT: 550 or better overall with min TWE score of 4.5

IBT: 75 or better overall with min 17 in all subscores

Overall score of 157 
or better

Age requirement:

18 on or before 31  December in year of  tertiary application

CAE: min overall score of 180

CPE: min overall score of 200

 

Griffith College

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
All programs
  • Min one year successful tertiary study (GPA
    of 4 or above) from an approved English
    speaking country where the language of
    instruction is English.
  • Min two years successful tertiary study (GPA of 4 or above) from an approved non-English speaking country where the language of instruction is English.
  • Successful completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) studies from an approved English speaking country where the language of instruction is English.
  • Other evidence may be satisfactory, contact
    Griffith College admissions.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years not satisfactory Not satisfactory
 
D Health Science/B Pharmacy
D Health Science/B Paramedicine
Overall score of 58 and no score less than 50

6.5 or better
overall 

min 6.5 in each 
subtest

Contact Griffith College

 

Contact Griffith College
D Health Science/B Physiotherapy Overall score of 58 and no score less than 50 6.5 or better
overall 
min 6.5 in each 
subtest
3+ or better overall 
min of 3+ in each subtest

Results from the Eight Mile Plains centre accepted only
IBT: 79 or better overall with min 19 in all subscores
D Health Science/B Medical Laboratory Science
 
Overall score of 58 and no score less than 50 6.5 or better
overall 
min 6.0 in each 
subtest
Contact Griffith College Contact Griffith College
D Health Sciences/B Nutrition and Dietetics Min score of 46 6.5 or better
overall 
min 6.0 in each 
subtest
Contact Griffith College Contact Griffith College
D Health Care
D Health Care/B Nursing
D Health Science/B Pharmacology and Toxicology/B Laws
D Criminology and Criminal Justice/B Laws/B Criminology and Criminal Justice
Overall score of 58 and no score less than 50 6.5 or better
overall 
min 6.0 in each 
subtest
3+ or better overall 
min of 3+ in each subtest

Results from the Eight Mile Plains centre accepted only
PBT: 575 or better overall

IBT: 79 or better overall with min 19 in all subscores
D Health Science/B Pharmacology and Toxicology
D Health Science/B Sport Development
D Health Science/B Pharmacology and Toxicology/B Business
46 or better
overall
6.0 or better
overall 
min 5.5 in each 
subtest

2+ or
better overall 
2+ in 
each subtest

Results from the Eight Mile Plains centre accepted only

PBT: 525 or better 
overall

IBT: 46 or better 
overall

D Health Science/B Exercise Science Overall score of 58 and no score less than 50

6.5 or better
overall 

min 6.5 in each 
subtest

Contact Griffith College Contact Griffith College
D Commerce/B Laws/B Commerce Overall score of 58 and no score less than 50 6.5 or better
overall 
min 6.0 in each 
subtest

3+ or better overall 
min of 3+ in each subtest

Results from the Eight Mile Plains centre accepted only

PBT: 575 or better overall

IBT: 79 or better overall with min 19 in all subscores

Sittings prior to 22 
April 2010:

overall score of 157 or better or 155 or  better in the verbal 
subscore

Sittings from 22
April 2010:

overall score of 152  or better or 150 or better in the verbal  subscore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All other programs 46 or better
overall
5.5 or better
overall 
min 5.0 in each 
subtest

2+ or
better overall 
2+ in 
each subtest

Results from the Eight Mile Plains centre accepted only

PBT: 525 or better 
overall

IBT: 46 or better 
overall
 

 

Griffith University (GU)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
B Education
  • Successful completion (GPA 4.0) of at least one year's full-time bachelor level study, where the language of instruction is English, completed within the last five years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom or USA.
M Primary Teaching
M Secondary Teaching
  • Successful completion (GPA 4.0) of at least three year's full-time bachelor level study, where the language of instruction is English, completed within the last five years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom or USA.
All laws courses (including combined and graduate entry programs), B Nursing (including Advanced Standing), B Midwifery, B Paramedicine, B Dental Health Science, B Dental Prosthetics (including doubles), B Dental Technology/B Dental Prosthetics, B Medical Laboratory Science, B Engineering (Hons)/B Aviation
  • Successful completion (GPA 4.0) of at least two year's full-time bachelor level study, where the language of instruction is English, completed within the last five years in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom or USA.
All other programs
  • Completion of an Australian AQF diploma or AQF advanced diploma
  • At least one year full-time or equivalent study at associate diploma, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree level with an overall GPA of 4.00, from an approved English-speaking country (and where the language of instruction is in English).
  • Completion of the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation from TAFE Queensland with a pass in Language and Learning Skills (CTP200A or ATP200B; or ATP400 and ATP401; or ATPALS401A and ATPALS402A)
  • Other formal study qualifications may be satisfactory, contact GU admissions.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years n/a 2 years
B Education
M Primary Teaching
M Secondary Teaching
not satisfactory

7.5 or better overall 

min 8.0 in speaking and 
listening 

min 7.0 in reading and 
writing

Min overall score of 4

Note: this test is only accepted if administered by Migrant Projects, TESOL Unit, QUT or ISLPR Language Services, Mt Gravatt

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Environmental Science/B Laws
B Engineering (Hons)/B Aviation
B Laws
B Laws – Grad Entry
B Laws/B Arts
B Laws/B Asian Studies
B Laws/B Business
B Laws/B Commerce
B Laws/B Criminology and Criminal Justice
B Laws/B Government and International Relations
B Laws/B International Business
B Laws/B Psychological Science
B Medical Laboratory Science
B Pharmacology and Toxicology/B Laws
65 or better 
overall
min 58 in all 
communicative skills
7.0 or better overall 
min 6.5 in each subtest
Min overall score of 4 and 4 or better in each skill

PBT: 580 or better overall 

IBT: 92 or better overall 
min 22 in all subscores

not satisfactory CPE: min grade of C
B Medical Science (MD Provisional for School Leavers)
B Pharmacy
65 or better 
overall
min 58 in all 
communicative skills
7.0 or better overall 
min 6.5 in each subtest
Min overall score of 4

PBT: 580 or better overall 

IBT: 92 or better overall 
min 22 in all subscores

not satisfactory CPE: min grade of C
B Nutrition and Dietetics not satisfactory 7.0 or better overall 
min 6.5 in each subtest
Min overall score of 4

PBT: 580 or better overall 

IBT: 92 or better overall 
min 22 in all subscores

not satisfactory CPE: min grade of C
B Dental Health Science
B Dental Prosthetics
B Dental Technology/B Dental Prosthetics
65 or better 
overall
min 58 in all 
communicative skills
7.0 or better overall 
min 7.0 in each subtest
not satisfactory IBT: 94 or better overall 
min 24 in listening and reading, min 27 in writing, min 23 for speaking
not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Dental Technology not satisfactory 6.5 or better overall 
min 6.0 in each subtest

Overall score of 3+ with no sub-score less than 3+

(Conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

PBT: 575 or better overall with min TWE score of 4.5 

IBT: 79 or better overall min 22 in writing 
min 19 in all other
subscores

not satisfactory

CAE: min grade of C

CPE: min grade of C

B Physiotherapy
 
65 or better 
overall
min 58 in all 
communicative skills
7.0 or better overall 
min 7.0 in each subtest
Min overall score of 4

PBT: 580 or better overall 

IBT: 92 or better overall 
min 22 in all subscores

 

not satisfactory CPE: min grade of C
B Paramedicine 65 or better 
overall
min 58 in all 
communicative skills
7.0 or better overall 
min 7.0 in each subtest
Min overall score of 4 and 4 or better in each skill

PBT: 580 or better overall 

IBT: 92 or better overall 
min 22 in all subscores

not satisfactory CPE: min grade of C
B Occupational Therapy not satisfactory 7.0 or better overall 
min 7.0 in each subtest
Min overall score of 4

PBT: 580 or better overall 

IBT: 92 or better overall 
min 22 in all subscores

not satisfactory CPE: min grade of C
B Nursing
B Nursing (Advanced Standing)
B Midwifery
65 or better 
overall
min 58 in all 
communicative
skills
7.0 or better overall 
min 6.5 in each subtest
Min overall score of 4 and 4 or better in each skill IBT: 94 or better overall 
min 24 in listening and reading, min 27 in writing, min 23 for speaking
not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Social Work not satisfactory 6.5 or better overall 
min 6.0 in each subtest
not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory
 B Acting 58 or better 
overall min 50 in all 
communicative skills
7.0 or better overall 
min 6.5 in each subtest
Overall score of 3+ with no sub-score less than 3+

(Conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

PBT: 575 or better overall with min TWE score of 4.5 

IBT: 79 or better overall min 22 in writing 
min 19 in all other
subscores

not satisfactory CAE: min grade of C

CPE: min grade of C

All other programs  58 or better 
overall min 50 in all 
communicative skills
6.5 or better overall 
min 6.0 in each subtest

Overall score of 3+ with no sub-score less than 3+

(Conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

PBT: 575 or better overall with min TWE score of 4.5 

IBT: 79 or better overall min 22 in writing 
min 19 in all other
subscores

not satisfactory

CAE: min grade of C

CPE: min grade of C

 

James Cook University (JCU)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
B Dental Surgery
B Exercise Physiology (Clinical)
B Health Science (Physician Assistant)
B Medicine/B Surgery
B Nursing (Pre-Registration)
B Nursing (Post-Registration)
B Nursing/B Midwifery
B Pharmacy
B Physiotherapy
B Social Work
B Speech Pathology
B Veterinary Science
B Education (Early Childhood Education)
B Education (Primary)
B Education (Secondary)
B Education (RATEP)
B Education (Professional Development)
  • A minimum of two years full-time study at AQF bachelor degree level or higher with a passing GPA, completed less than five years ago in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK or USA.
  • Other qualifications may be satisfactory, contact JCU admissions.
All other courses
  • Completion of a tertiary qualification deemed comparable to an Australian AQF Diploma or higher with a passing GPA or a minimum of 1 year of full-time tertiary study deemed comparable to an Australian bachelor degree or higher with a passing GPA may be satisfactory, contact JCU Admissions.
  • Completion of an approved Australian tertiary preparation program (eg Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation) within the last five years. Results must include a pass in one of the following (or similar) tertiary preparation subjects:  English, Academic English, Academic Writing, Language and Learning Skills, Effective Communication, Academic Literacy Skills.
  • Other qualifications may be satisfactory, contact JCU admissions.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years n/a 2 years n/a n/a
B Education (Primary, Secondary and Early Childhood) Contact JCU Admissions 7.5 or better
overall
min 8.0 in speaking and listening
min 7.0 in writing and reading
not satisfactory Contact JCU
admissions
not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Education (Professional Development) 72 or better
overall
7.0 or better
overall 
min 7.0 in each 
subtest
not satisfactory

PBT: 577 or 
better overall
min 5.5 in TWE score

IBT: 100 or better overall
min 23 in writing

not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Medicine, B Surgery
B Dental Surgery
72 or better
overall
7.0 or better
overall 
min 7.0 in three
subtests and min
6.5 in one subtest
not satisfactory

PBT: 577 or 
better overall
min 5.5 in TWE score

IBT: 100 or better overall
min 23 in writing

not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Physiotherapy
B Veterinary Science
B Pharmacy
B Exercise Physiology (Clinical)
B Health Science (Physician Assistant)
Nursing Science courses
B Nursing Science/B 
Midwifery
B Social Work
72 or better
overall
7.0 or better
overall 
min 6.5 in each 
subtest
not satisfactory

PBT: 577 or 
better overall
min 5.5 in TWE 
score

IBT: 100 or 
better overall
min 23 in writing

not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Speech Pathology Contact JCU Admissions 7.0 or better
overall
min 6.0 for writing
min. 8.0 for
speaking
min 7.0 for reading
and listening
not satisfactory Contact JCU Admissions not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Biomedical Sciences
B Medical Laboratory Science
B Occupational
Therapy
B Sport and Exercise 
Science
B Sport and Exercise 
Science/B Psychological Science
Law courses including all law combined degrees
D Higher Education (Health)
 
64 or better
overall
6.5 or better
overall
min 6.0 in each 
subtest
not satisfactory

PBT: 570 or 
better overall
min 4.5 in TWE score

IBT: 90 or better overall
min 21 in writing

not satisfactory not satisfactory

All other bachelor
level courses

D Higher Education (Business)

57 or better
overall
6.0 or better
overall
min 6.0 in each subtest
not satisfactory

PBT: 550 or 
better overall
min 4.5 in TWE score

IBT: 79 or better overall
min 19 in writing

not satisfactory not satisfactory

All other D Higher Education
courses

[Refer above for D Higher Education (Health) and D Higher Education (Business)]

Contact JCU
admissions

5.5 or better
overall

min 5.0 in each subtest

not satisfactory Contact JCU
admissions
not satisfactory not satisfactory

 

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
All programs
  • Min one year FTE successful tertiary study (GPA of 4 or above) within the
    last five years from an approved country where the
    language of instruction is English. Contact QUT admissions on (07)
    3138 2000 for more information.
  • Other studies may be satisfactory, contact QUT admissions on
    (07) 3138 2000.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years n/a 2 years n/a 2 years
M Teaching  not satisfactory

7.5 or better 
overall 

min 8.0 for 
speaking and 
listening

min 7.0 for all 
other subtests

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory

not satisfactory

 

M Social Work – Qualifying
B Medical Imaging
B Radiation Therapy
B Pharmacy
B Podiatry
B Podiatry (Grad Entry)
B Vision Science/M 
Optometry
B Nutrition & Dietetics
B Nursing
B Nursing (Grad Entry)
All nursing combined 
degrees

72 or better
overall

min 64 in each 
subscore

7.0 or better 
overall

min 6.5 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

IBT: 100 or 
better overall

min 22 in all 
subscores

not satisfactory

CAE: 75 or better overall with no subscore below borderline

CPE: C1

All other programs

64 or better
overall

min 58 in each 
subscore

6.5 or better 
overall

min 6.0 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

 

 

 

IBT: 90 or
better overall

min 20 in all 
subscores

not satisfactory

CAE: 66 or better overall with no subscore below borderline

CPE: C1

 

SAE Creative Media Institute (SAE)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
All courses Contact SAE on (07) 3850 2000

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years n/a 2 years n/a Contact SAE
All associate degree, bachelor and graduate-entry courses 54 or better
overall
6.0 or better
overall and no subscore below 5.0
not satisfactory

PBT: 550 or 
better overall

IBT: 73 or 
better overall

not satisfactory CAE: Overall score of 169 or better
All diploma courses 50 or better
overall
5.5 or better
overall and no subscore below 5.0
not satisfactory

PBT: 527 or 
better overall

IBT: 63 or 
better overall

 

not satisfactory CAE: Overall score of 162 or better

 

Southern Cross University (SCU)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
Education, speech pathology, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, podiatry, and pedorthics courses Some formal study may be satisfactory, phone SCU admissions on 1800 626 481 for more information.
 
All other courses
  • At least one full-time year of passing study in an Australian RATE diploma, RATE associate diploma, RATE associate degree, or AQF diploma or higher.
  • Successful completion of SCU's Preparing for Success program.
  • Other studies may be satisfactory, phone SCU admissions on 1800 626 481 for more information.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years n/a Contact SCU
All education courses (including dual degrees)
B Speech Pathology
not satisfactory

7.5 or better 
overall

min 8.0 for 
speaking and 
listening 

min 7.0 for 
reading and 
writing

4+ or better in
all four skills
not satisfactory not satisfactory May be
satisfactory,
phone SCU
admissions on 1800 626 481.
B Midwifery
B Nursing
B Occupational Therapy
B Podiatry
not satisfactory

7.0 or better overall 

min 7.0 in 
each subtest

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory May be
satisfactory, phone SCU
admissions on 1800 626 481.
B Pedorthics not satisfactory

7.0 or better overall 

min 6.5 in 
each subtest

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory May be
satisfactory, phone SCU
admissions on 1800 626 481.
All other courses 50 or better
overall

6.0 or better 
overall

min 5.5 in 
each subtest

3+ or better in
all four skills

PBT: 550 or
better overall 

min 4.5 in TWE 
score

IBT: 60 or
better overall 

min 17 in writing 
and speaking 

min 11 in
reading 
and listening

not satisfactory May be
satisfactory,
phone SCU
admissions on 1800 626 481.

 

TAFE Queensland

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
B Acting and Performance
B Applied Fashion
B Contemporary Music Practice
B Design
B Games and Interactive Design
B Graphic Design
B Interior Architecture
B Media Arts and Production
B Visual Arts
B Web Design and Technology
D Nursing
D Anaesthetic Technology
Assoc D in Civil Engineering
D Dental Technology
Some formal study qualifications may be satisfactory, contact TAFE Queensland on (07) 3514 3759.
All other courses Other studies may be satisfactory, contact TAFE Queensland on (07) 3514 3759.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years Contact TAFE Qld
B Acting and Performance
B Applied Fashion
B Civil Engineering Technology
B Contemporary Music Practice
B Design
B Games and Interactive Design
B Graphic Design
B Interior Architecture
B Media Arts and Production
B Visual Arts
B Web Design and Production

50 overall

min 42 in all communicative skills

6.0 or better overall

min 5.5 in each subtest

not satisfactory

IBT: 60 or better with min 9 listening

min 19 writing

min 10 reading

min 16 speaking

not satisfactory Contact TAFE Queensland on (07) 3514 3759 for minimum requirements.
B Dental Prosthetics
D Nursing
 

61 or better overall

 

6.5 or better 
overall 

min 6.0 in
each subtest

3+ or better in all four skills

PBT: 565 or better
overall 

IBT: 85 or 
better

min 22 writing

min 20 in all other subscores

 

58 or better overall

 

6.5 or better 
overall

min 6.0 in
each subtest

3 or better
in all four skills

PBT: 550 or better
overall 

IBT: 79 or 
better

Assoc D in Civil Engineering

58 or better overall

 

6.0 or better 
overall 

min 6.0 in 
writing 

min 5.5 in all 
other subtests

2+ or better
in all four
skills

PBT: 534 or better
overall

IBT: 78 or 
better

min 22 writing

min 17 in all other subscores

D Dental Technology
D Anaesthetic Technology

54 or better overall

 

6.0 or better 
overall

min 5.5 in
each 
subtest

2+ or better
in all four
skills

PBT: 534 or better
overall 

IBT: 73 or 
better

min 19 writing

min 17 in all other subscores

All other courses

46 or better overall

 

5.5 or better 
overall

min 5.0 in
each subtest

 

3 or better
in all four
skills

PBT: 506 or better
overall 

IBT: 62 or
better

min 16 writing

min 14 in all other subscores

158 or better in the verbal subscore

 

The University of Queensland (UQ)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
M Teaching (Primary)
M Teaching (Secondary)
M Nursing Studies
Dip Science (Grad Entry)
Dip Arts (Grad Entry)
  • Minimum two years full-time study (GPA of 4.0 or above) at bachelor level or higher, where the language of instruction is English, and where the final year was completed no more than five years ago.
  • Other evidence may be satisfactory, check
    with UQ admissions.
B Education (Primary) and B Education (Secondary) dual degrees Contact UQ Admissions for advice
All other courses
  • Min two years full-time tertiary study (GPA of 4.0 or above) at diploma level or higher, where the language of instruction is English (one year full-time for entry to Associate Degree in Business).
     
  • Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation: Pass in Language and Learning Skills
     
  • UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program: pass in Academic English for Uni Studies
     
  • Other evidence may be satisfactory, check
    with UQ admissions.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: 2 years 2 years n/a 2 years 2 years 2 years
M Teaching (Primary)
M Teaching (Secondary)
All undergraduate
Education programs
including dual degrees
not satisfactory

7.5 overall

min 8.0 in
speaking and listening

min 7.0 in reading and writing

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory
M Nursing Studies 72 overall
min 72 in all sub bands

7.0 overall

min 7.0 in
all sub 
bands

not satisfactory

PBT: 600 or better overall
min 64/6 speaking and writing
min 59 listening and reading

IBT: 100 or 
better overall
min 27 writing
min 25 listening and reading min 23 speaking

not satisfactory not satisfactory
Dip Science (Grad entry)
Dip Arts (Grad entry)
64 overall
min 60 in all sub bands

6.5 overall

min 6.0 in
all sub 
bands

not satisfactory

PBT: 570 or better overall
min 5.0 TWE score
min 54 listening and reading

IBT: 87 or 
better overall
min 21 writing
min 19 in all other bands

not satisfactory not satisfactory
MD (Provisional Entry
for School-Leavers)
Nursing and Midwifery 
programs
B Occupational Therapy (Hons)
B Physiotherapy (Hons)
B Dental Science (Hons)
B Social Work
B Advanced Finance and Economics
B Clinical Exercise Physiology (Hons)
72 overall
min 72 in all sub bands

7.0 overall 

min 7.0 in all 
sub bands

not satisfactory

PBT: 600 or better overall
min 64/6 speaking and writing
min 59 listening and reading

IBT: 100 or 
better overall
min 23 speaking min 27 writing
min 25 listening and reading

not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Speech Pathology (Hons) 72 overall
min 82 in speaking
min 72 in all other sub bands

7.0 overall

min 8.0 for
speaking

min 7.0 for
all other sub 
bands

not satisfactory

PBT: 600 or better overall
min 64/6 speaking and writing
min 59 listening and reading

IBT: 100 or 
better overall
min 27 speaking and writing
min 25 listening and reading

not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Pharmacy (Hons) 72 overall
min 60 in all sub bands

7.0 overall

min 6.0 in all 
sub bands

not satisfactory

PBT: 600 or better overall
min 59/5 speaking and writing
min 54 listening and reading

IBT: 100 or 
better overall
min 21 writing
min 19 listening, speaking and reading

not satisfactory not satisfactory
B Veterinary Science 72 overall
min 72 in speaking
min 60 in writing

7.0 overall 

min 7.0 for 
speaking

min. 6.0 for 
writing

not satisfactory

PBT: 600 or better overall
min 64/6 speaking and writing

IBT: 100 or 
better overall
min 21 writing
min 23 speaking 

not satisfactory

 

not satisfactory
All Laws programs,
including graduate
entry and dual
programs
72 overall
min 72 in all sub bands

7.0 overall 

min 7.0 for 
speaking

min 7.0 for 
writing

not satisfactory

PBT: 600 or better overall
min 64/6 speaking and writing

IBT: 100 or 
better overall
min 27 writing min 23 speaking

not satisfactory not satisfactory
All other programs

64 or better
overall

min 60 in each 
subscore

6.5 or better 
overall

min 6.0 in all 
sub bands

not satisfactory

 

PBT: 570 or better overall
min 5.0 TWE score
min 54 listening and reading

IBT: 87 or 
better overall
min 21 writing
min 19 in all other bands

Overall score of 149 or better

Age requirement: 18
or over by 1 February 
for semester 1 entry 
and 1 July for semester
2 entry and not 
currently completing
a senior program

 

not satisfactory

 

University of New England (UNE)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
Education programs
  • Successful completion (GPA of 4 or above), within five years of the date of
    application, of at least four years full-time equivalent study at recognised senior
    secondary, post secondary or tertiary level from an approved English speaking country and in which English was the sole medium of instruction.
  • Other evidence may be satisfactory, check with UNE admissions.
B Pharmacy
B Nursing

Contact UNE admissions

All other programs
  • Successful completion (GPA of 4 or above), within five years of the date of
    application, of at least one year full-time equivalent study at recognised senior
    secondary, post secondary or tertiary level from a country where English is the
    primary official language or co-official language and in which English was the sole
    medium of instruction.
  • Other evidence may be satisfactory, check with UNE admissions

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid for: n/a 2 years n/a 2 years n/a Check with UNE
admissions
Education
programs
not satisfactory

7.5 or better
overall

min 8.0 for 
speaking and
listening

min 7.0 for reading
and writing

4+ or better in all
four skills
not satisfactory not satisfactory Check with UNE
admissions
B Pharmacy not satisfactory

7.0 or better
overall

min 7.0 for
speaking and
listening

min 6.0 for
reading and
writing

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory Check with UNE
admissions
B Nursing not satisfactory

6.5 or better
overall

min 6.0 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

IBT: 91 overall

min 22 – writing 
 

min 20 – listening,
speaking and 
reading

not satisfactory Check with UNE
admissions
Law programs not satisfactory

7.0 or better
overall

min 7.0 for writing 

min 6.5 in all other 
subtests

not satisfactory not satisfactory not satisfactory Check with UNE
admissions
All other
programs
not satisfactory

6.0 or better
overall

min 5.5 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

 

IBT: 79 or better 
overall 
min 22 writing
 
not satisfactory Check with UNE
admissions

 

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
Education programs
  • Minimum three years (FTE) successful tertiary study (GPA of 4 or above) at a recognised institution, within the last five years, from an approved country where language of instruction is English
  • Other qualifications may be acceptable, contact USQ admissions
B Nursing
B Midwifery (Grad Entry)
B Paramedicine
B Laws and Laws double degrees
 
  • Minimum two years (FTE) successful tertiary study (GPA of 4 or above) at a recognised institution where language of instruction is English
  • Other qualifications may be acceptable, contact USQ admissions
All other programs
  • Minimum one year (FTE) successful tertiary study (GPA of 4 or above) at a recognised institution where language of instruction is English
  • Minimum two years (FTE) post-secondary study at a recognised institution where language of instruction is English
  • Other qualifications may be acceptable, contact USQ admissions

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid
for:
2 years 2 years n/a 2 years n/a 2 years
Education
programs
not satisfactory

7.5 or better
overall

min 8.0 in speaking 
and listening

min 7.0 in each
other subtest

not satisfactory not satisfactory

not satisfactory

 

not satisfactory
B Nursing
B Midwifery (Grad Entry)
B Paramedicine
B Sport and Exercise Science (Honours)
B Laws and Laws double degrees
 

58 or better
overall 

min 58 in all 
communicative
skills

6.5 or better
overall

min 6.0 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

PBT: 570 or 
better overall
min 5.0 TWE 
score

IBT: 90 or 
better overall
min 20 in all 
subscores

not satisfactory 176 or better overall
min 169 in each skill
All other programs

50 or better
overall 
min 50 in all 
communicative 
skills

 

6.0 or better
overall

min 5.5 in each 
subtest

not satisfactory

PBT: 550 or 
better overall
min 4.5 TWE 
score

IBT: 80 or 
better overall
min. 19 in all 
subscores

not satisfactory Contact USQ Admissions

 

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

Formal study and other qualifications

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS
Education programs
Nursing programs
Midwifery programs
Law programs
Social work programs
B Paramedic Science
B Nutrition and Dietetics
B Occupational Therapy
B Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies
 
Contact USC admissions
All other courses
  • Successful completion of two years full-time secondary study, comparable to Australian Senior, where the approved language of instruction is English.
  • Successful completion (GPA of 3.75 or better) of one year (FTE) tertiary study or post-secondary study (min certificate IV level) where the approved language of instruction is English.
  • Other evidence may be satisfactory, check with USC admissions.

Accepted tests

COURSES PTE IELTS ISLPR TOEFL STAT CAE or CPE
Test results valid
for:
2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years n/a 2 years
Education
programs
B Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

73 or better
overall

min 79 for
listening and 
speaking

min 65 for
reading and
writing

7.5 or better
overall

min 8.0 for
speaking and
listening

min 7.0 in reading and writing

4 for speaking, 
listening and
reading and 3+
for writing

 

PBT: 660 or
better overall

min 5.5 TWE score

IBT: 115 or
better overall

min 27 in listening
and speaking 

min 25 in reading and writing

not satisfactory

 

191 or better overall
min 200 in speaking and listening
min 185 in other skills
B Laws

65 or better
overall 

min 65 in all 
communicative
skills

7.0 or better
overall

min 7.0 in
writing and speaking

min 6.5 in listening and reading

not satisfactory

PBT: 600 or
better overall

min 5.0 TWE score

IBT: 100 or
better overall

min 25 in writing and speaking 

min 23 in reading and listening

not satisfactory 186 or better overall
min 186 in speaking in writing
min 177 in other skills
Nursing
programs
Midwifery programs
 

65 or better
overall 

min 58 in all 
communicative
skills

7.0 or better
overall

min 6.5 in each
subtest

not satisfactory

PBT: 600 or better 
overall 
min 5.0 TWE score

IBT: 96 or better
overall
min 24 in writing 
min. 23 in all other 
subscores

not satisfactory 185 or better overall
min 177 in each skill
B Paramedic
Science
B Nutrition and
Dietetics

65 or better
overall 

min 58 in all 
communicative
skills

7.0 or better
overall

min 6.5 in each
subtest

not satisfactory

PBT: 600 or better 
overall 
min 5.0 TWE score

IBT: 96 or better
overall
min 24 in writing 
min. 23 in all other 
subscores

not satisfactory 186 or better overall
min 177 in each skill
B Occupational
Therapy
Social work programs

58 or better
overall 

min 50 in all 
communicative
skills

 

6.5 or better
overall

min 6.0 in each
subtest

not satisfactory

PBT: 575 or better 
overall

min 4.0 TWE score

IBT: 86 or better 
overall

min 21 in writing 

min 20 in all other 
subscores

not satisfactory

overall score of 177
min 169 in each skill

 

All other courses

50 or better
overall 

min 50 in all 
communicative
skills

6.0 or better
overall

min 5.5 in each
subtest

3+ or better
in all four skills

PBT: 550 or better 
overall 

min 4.0 TWE score

IBT: 76 or better 
overall

min 18 in writing

not satisfactory

min overall score of 169
min 162 in each skill

 

 

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