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English Language Requirement for Australian International Students

This page contains information on the language requirement for international students bound for Australia. Check if you are exempted from taking any Secure English Language Test.


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English Language Requirement for Australian International Students
Written by Jennifer Aranda.
Updated February 7, 2018 | Australia

While a demonstration of English language proficiency is generally needed, there are some exceptions to the rule.  Check if any of the following applies to you:

  • You completed at least five years of study in Australia or any of the following countries:
    • United Kingdom;
    • United States of America;
    • Canada;
    • New Zealand;
    • South Africa or;
    • The Republic of Ireland.
  • You are a passport holder and are a citizen of any of the following countries:
    • United Kingdom;
    • United States of America;
    • Canada;
    • New Zealand;
    • Republic of Ireland.
  • You are currently enrolled in full-time school studies in Australia as a principal course including the following:
    • A secondary exchange programme;
    • A postgraduate research course;
    • A standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), and;
    • Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored student.
  • Before applying for your student visa, you already completed in Australia (in the English language) any of the following:
    • The Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or;
    • A substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level.

If you are however, required to submit proof of English language competence, you have a choice of several English Language Test Provider provided your scores are less than two years old:

English Language Test Provider Minimum Test Score Minimum Test Score if you are taking at least 10 weeks ELICOS Minimum Test Score if you are taking at least 20 weeks ELICOS
International English Language Testing System or IELTS 5.5 5.0 4.5
Test of English as a Foreign Lanugage paper-based test or TOEFL pBT* 527 500 450
TOEFL internet based test or TOEFL iBT  46 35 32
Cambridge English: Advanced or Certificate in Advanced English 162 154 147
Pearson Test of English Academic or PTE Academic 42 36 30
Occupational English Test or OET A or B N/A N/A

* The TOEFL pBT will be accepted only from limited countries


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Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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