Charles Sturt University

English language proficiency

Charles Sturt University recognises a number of English language tests as proof of English language proficiency. These are set out in the following tables, together with the minimum results required.

Highlighted English language proficiency requirements have been updated since applications opened. Confirm all requirements with Charles Sturt University.

Also, please read about qualifications that usually satisfy ELP.

Undergraduate

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 577 (min. 4.5 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 79 (min. 19 in writing, 17 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 58 overall (min. 50 in listening, reading, writing and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 176 (min. 169 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 176 (min. 169 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKALE D pass in Use of English
HKDSE 4 in English language
German DAAD min. of 2 A scores and a B score
Swedish High School English min. C Result no older than 8 years from course start date
Norwegian High School English min. 4 Result no older than 8 years from course start date
Finnish High School English min. 8 Result no older than 8 years from course start date
Danish High School English min. 7 in English A or min. 10 in English B from test results after 1 August 2007
Result no older than 8 years from course start date
EAP4 min. D grade Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
ISLPR Level 3+ (min. Level 3 in each skill areas) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Tertiary study Written evidence of completion of a university degree that was conducted and examined solely in English. Acceptable forms of evidence include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English or by the provision of a certified written statement from the academic institution. Language of instruction must be English

Only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts (eg for all courses starting in 2019, test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 577 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 79 (min. 22 in writing, 20 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.5 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 58 overall (min. 58 in listening, reading, writing and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 176 (min. 176 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 176 (min. 176 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
ISLPR Level 3+ (min. Level 3 in each skill areas)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 600 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 22 in writing, 20 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 6.5 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 58 in listening, reading, writing and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 185 (min. 176 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 185 (min. 176 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
ISLPR Level 4 (min. Level 3+ in each skill areas) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

You must also satisfy the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council’s English language proficiency requirements.

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test: not accepted for nursing

Paper-based score: not accepted

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS

IELTS Indicator online test: not accepted for nursing

7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

A student will be required to complete an IELTS test at the prescribed level for registration purposes

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 65 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)
Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Other If you were born in and completed at least one qualification in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), USA or South Africa – contact CSU's Admissions Office for more information.
Language of instruction must be English

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 600 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 100 (min. 27 in writing, 23 in speaking, 24 in listening and reading)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 (min. 65 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

Nov 2012 session & earlier: English A2 at higher or standard level (prior to May 1999, ‘standard level’ was referred to as ‘subsidiary level’)

May 2013 session & onwards: Grade 5 at higher level or Grade 6 at standard level in English A: literature or English A: language and literature at higher level

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

A pass at full Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level in English (English Language/English Literature)

C1 Advanced, formerly CAE

185

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE

185

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM A pass in English (914) or Literature (920)
HKALE B pass in Use of English
HKDSE 5* in English Language or Literature in English
Western Sydney, The College

EAP 5 Grade = 65% (AND pass in test) OR

Completion of University Foundation Studies OR

Successful completion of four diploma units

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: Not accepted

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 65 in listening, reading, writing and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 185 (min. 185 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 185 (min. 185 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
ISLPR Level 4 (min. Level 4 in each skill areas) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Secondary and/or tertiary studies Completed qualification and no less than 5 years full time equivalence study in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA or South Africa Language of instruction and examination must be in English
Other Current AHPRA registration
If you were born in and completed at least one qualification in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), USA or South Africa – contact CSU's Admissions Office for more information. Language of instruction must be English

Specific courses in this group

B Education (K–12)
B Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
B Education (Technology and Applied Studies)
B Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism)
B Education (Health and Physical Education)
B Outdoor Education
B Education (Birth to Five Years)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: Not accepted

Internet-based score: 102 (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, 27 listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.5 overall (min. 7.0 in reading and writing, min. 8.0 in speaking and listening)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 73 (min. 68 in listening, reading, writing and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 191 (min. 185 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 191 (min. 185 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
ISLPR Level 4 in all four skill areas
  • Must be undertaken at approved testing sites where assessment is teacher focused
  • Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Secondary and/or tertiary studies Completed qualification and no less than 5 years full time equivalence study in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA or South Africa
  • You were NOT born in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom or South Africa
  • Language of instruction must be English
Other If you were born in and completed at least one qualification in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), USA or South Africa – contact CSU's Admissions Office for more information Language of instruction must be English

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Secondary and/or tertiary studies Successfully completed two years of full-time secondary and/or tertiary studies with English as sole medium of instruction and assessment. Written evidence of completion can include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English, or a certified statement from the academic institution.
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 550 (min. 4.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 60 (min. 16 in writing, 14 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 6.0 overall (min. 5.5 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 50 overall (min. 42 listening, reading, writing and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate Grade 3 in English A: Language and Literature or English A: Literature at higher level OR Grade 4 in English A: Language and Literature or English A: Literature at standard level Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore) C pass in one of the following humanities subjects at full Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) Level: Ancient History/Classical Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Citizenship Studies, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking (formerly Critical and Contextual Studies), Economics, English (English Language/English Literature), Film Studies, General Studies, Global Perspectives and Research, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Media Studies (Media is not a humanities subject), Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Policies, Sociology, Drama and Theatre, World Development
GCSE/GCE 'O' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

B pass in English

Acceptable CIE and Edexcel International IGCSE subjects: English – First Language, English Language, English – Second Language, English as a Second Language (ESL), English – Literature, English Literature

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 169 (min. 162 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 169 (min. 162 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKALE D pass in Use of English
HKDSE 4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes) or completed Advanced Certificate
STAT (Multiple Choice) 155 in the verbal component
UNSW Foundation Year Completion of program with C pass in Academic English
Uniworld English College English for Tertiary Entrance course Successful completion
Embassy CES 'English for Academic Purposes Programme' (EAPP) Satisfactory completion
Ability EAP program Level 3 pass
Macquarie English EAP2 or EAP3 program Completion of program
Strathfield College EAP program Completion of program
Australian International College of English EAP3 (6.0) and EAP4 (6.5)
IRI Diploma in English Successful completion of program
Chisholm Institute of TAFE Advanced Level General English Language Program Successful completion of program
German DAAD min. of 2 A scores and no score below B
Swedish High School English min. C Result no older than 5 years from course start date
Norwegian High School English min. 4 Result no older than 5 years from course start date
Finnish High School English min. 8 Result no older than 5 years from course start date
Danish High School English min. 7 in English A or min. 10 in English B (from test results after 1 August 2007) Result no older than 5 years from course start date
UTS Insearch AE4 or AE5
Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) English Advanced
ISLPR Level 3 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Other If you don't meet the university’s requirements, you may still be admitted on the recommendation of the Executive Dean of the appropriate faculty. We recommend you send in a written request outlining how you've achieved English Language Proficiency with your application for admission.

International Year 12s

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 577 (min. 4.5 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 79 (min. 19 writing, 17 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 58 overall (min. 50 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 176 (min. 169 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 176 (min. 169 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 577 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 79 (min. 22 writing, 20 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.5 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 58 overall (min. 58 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 176 (min. 176 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 176 (min. 176 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 600 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 22 writing, 20 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 6.5 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 58 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 185 (min. 176 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date)
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 185 (min. 176 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

You must also satisfy the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council’s English Language proficiency requirements.

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test: not accepted for nursing

Paper-based score: not accepted

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS

IELTS Indicator online test: not accepted for nursing

7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

A student will be required to complete an IELTS test at the prescribed level for registration purposes

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 65 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)
Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 65 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 185 (min. 185 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 185 (min. 185 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Specific courses in this group

B Education (K–12)
B Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
B Education (Technology and Applied Studies)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL Internet-based score: 102 (min. 25 writing and 23 in reading, 27 listening and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.5 overall (min. 7.0 in reading and writing, min. 8.0 in speaking and listening)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 73 overall (min. 68 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 191 (min. 185 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 191 (min. 185 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 550 (min. 4.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 60 (min. 16 writing, 14 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 6.0 overall (min. 5.5 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

PTE Academic 50 overall (min. 42 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate Grade 3 in English A: Language and Literature or English A: Literature at higher level


OR


Grade 4 in English A: Language and Literature or English A: Literature at standard level
Diploma must be awarded
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 169 (min. 162 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 169 (min. 162 in each skill area) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

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