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English language proficiency

CQUniversity 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 CQUniversity.

Make sure you also read about qualifications that usually satisfy ELP.

Undergraduate

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Australian Year 11 and 12 or equivalent Successful completion within the last 5 years Completed in New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada
Tertiary study Completed study (at bachelor level or above) for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 Completed within the last 5 years from the term you are applying

Completed in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
Occupational English Test Minimum result of 'B'
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Results must be obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date

International Baccalaureate

Successful completion within the last five years
  • Diploma must be awarded
  • Undertaken in Australia or New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada
Other Contact CQU Student Admissions Team for further information

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Australian Year 11 and 12 or equivalent Successful completion within the last 5 years Completed in New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada
Tertiary study Completed study (at bachelor level or above) for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
  • Completed within the last 5 years from the term you are applying
  • Undertaken in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada

IELTS

6.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
Occupational English Test Minimum result of 'B'
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Results must be obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
International Baccalaureate Successful completion within the last 5 years
  • Diploma must be awarded
  • Undertaken in Australia or New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada
Other Contact CQU Student Admissions Team for further information

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

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 24 listening and reading, 27 in writing, 23 in speaking)
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Only results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
IELTS

IELTS Indicator online test: not accepted

7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 65 in each subtest)
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Only results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
Occupational English Test Minimum result of ‘B'
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Results must be obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date

  • B Accident Forensics
  • B Agriculture
  • Dip Arts
  • B Arts
  • Dip Digital Media
  • AssocDeg Digital Media
  • B Digital Media
  • Dip Music (Specialisation)
  • B Music (Specialisation)
  • AssocDeg Occupational Health & Safety
  • B Occupational Health & Safety
  • B Science

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Australian Year 11 and 12 or equivalent Completion of Year 11 and 12 Completed in New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma; or AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma
  • Or comparable overseas qualification
  • English must be the language of instruction
Australian university bridging program Completed study for a period of at least 1 year full-time with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Tertiary study Completed study (at bachelor level or above) for a period of at least 1 year full-time with a minimum GPA 4.0
  • Completed in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada
  • If completed elsewhere, English must be the language of instruction

TOEFL

Paper-based score: 550 (min. 4.5 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 75 (min. 17 in each subtest)

  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Only results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
IELTS 6.0 overall (min. 5.5 in each subtest)
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Only results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
PTE Academic 54 overall (min. 46 in each subtest)
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Only results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
Occupational English Test Minimum result of ‘B'
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Results must be obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
International Baccalaureate

Nov 2012 session & earlier: Grade 5 at English B at standard level or grade 4 at English A1 or A2 at higher level (prior to May 1999, ‘standard level’ was referred to as ‘subsidiary level’)

May 2013 session & onwards: Grade 4 at English A: literature or English A: language and literature at higher or standard level

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

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

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: 180

Only results obtained since 1 January 2017
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: 200

Only results obtained since 1 January 2017
STAT (Multiple Choice) Overall score of 157 or better

Applicants must be 18 or over on or before 31 December in the year of applying
  • Results must appear on a single result certificate
  • Results must be obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
STPM C pass in English
HKALE C pass in English, English Literature or Use of English
HKDSE 4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Diploma or Advanced diploma

Contact CQU Student Admissions Team for further information
Results must be at least one-year full time and obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date
Austrian Matura Grade 4 (Pass) in English
Denmark Upper Secondary School (pre-2007) Grade 9 in English
Denmark Upper Secondary School (2007 onwards) Grade 7 in English
Finland High School Grade 8 in English
German Abitur Grade 4 in English
DAAD English language test Grade B in all areas (min. 7 points in all 4 areas) Within the last 5 years
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) Grade C in English
Malaysian SPM Grade C6 in English
Norway Upper Secondary School Grade 4 (VG) in English
Swedish Upper Secondary School (Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan)

1997–2013: VG in final-year English

2014 and onwards: not accepted

Other Contact CQU Student Admissions Team for further information

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