UNSW Sydney

English language proficiency

UNSW 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.

These tables relate to courses offered at both the Sydney and Canberra (ADFA) campuses.

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

Undergraduate

Specific courses in this group

B Actuarial Studies
B Actuarial Studies (Co-op)
B Applied Exercise Science/M Clinical Exercise Physiology
B Commerce
B Commerce (International)
B Commerce (Co-op)
B Commerce (Co-op) (Hons)
B Commerce/B Adv Maths (Hons)
B Economics
B Economics/B Advanced Maths (Hons)
B Economics/B Advanced Science (Hons)
B Economics/B Computer Science
B Exercise Science/M Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology
B Information Systems
B Information Systems (Co-op) (Hons)
B Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine (including double degree)
B Nutrition/M Dietetics and Food Innovation
B Pharmaceutical Medicine/M Pharmacy
Double Actuarial Studies (all courses)
Double Commerce (all courses)
Double Economics (all courses)
Double Law (all courses)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Tertiary study Successfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time study at AQF Bachelor level from a recognised university or other tertiary
educational institution where the sole language of instruction and
assessment is English
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

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

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS
7 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) Only academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 185 (min. 169 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 185 (min. 180 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM A in Literature (920) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKDSE 5 in English Language or Literature in English Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Australian TAFE and private provider studies

Completed AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma

UNSW University English Entry Course (UNSW UEEC) Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
UNSW Foundation Year Completion of program with a minimum grade of B in Academic English
International Foundation Year Successful completion of an International Foundation Year with a minimum grade of B or 80% in English from one of the following universities: Australian National University, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia

Please note that ANU Foundation students need to complete Advanced Academic English and UMELB Foundations students need to complete English for Academic Purposes

Other

Contact the UNSW Admissions Office if you have completed assessable overseas senior secondary studies from/in a non-English speaking country, but completed all schooling up to and including Year 10 in Australia

Further information on UNSW English language proficiency requirements

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Tertiary studySuccessfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time study at AQF Bachelor level from a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 589 (min. 6.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, 27 in listening, 24 in speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7 overall (min. 6.5 in writing and reading, 7.5 in speaking and listening)
Only academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 58 in writing and reading, 73 in speaking and listening) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

C1 Advanced, formerly CAE

185 (min. 176 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

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

185 (min. 180 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM A in Literature (920) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKDSE 5 in English Language or Literature in English Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
UNSW Foundation Year

Completion of program with a minimum grade of B+ in Academic English

International Foundation Year Successful completion of an International Foundation Year with a minimum grade of B+ or 85% in English from one of the following universities: Australian National University, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia
Please note that ANU Foundation students need to complete Advanced Academic English and UMELB Foundations students need to complete English for Academic Purposes
Other Contact the UNSW Admissions Office if you have completed assessable overseas senior secondary studies from/in a non-English speaking country, but completed all schooling up to and including Year 10 in Australia

Further information on UNSW English language proficiency requirements

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Tertiary study Successfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time study at AQF Bachelor level from a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English
TOEFL

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

Internet-based score: 90 (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening & 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 64 overall (min. 54 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 subtest)

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

180 (min. 180 in each subtest)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM C pass in 920 English Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKDSE 4 in English language or Literature in English Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma
UNSW University English Entry Course (UNSW UEEC) Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
UNSW Foundation Year

Completion of program with a minimum grade of C+ in Academic English

International Foundation Year

Successful completion of an International Foundation Year with a minimum grade of C+ or 70% in English from one of the following universities: Australian National University, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia

Please note that ANU Foundation students need to complete Advanced
Academic English and UMELB Foundations students need to complete English for Academic Purposes
Other

Contact the UNSW Admissions Office if you have completed assessable overseas senior secondary studies from/in a non-English speaking country, but completed all schooling up to and including Year 10 in Australia

Further information on UNSW English language proficiency requirements

International Year 12s

Specific courses in this group

B Actuarial Studies
B Applied Exercise Science/M Clinical Exercise Physiology
B Commerce
B Commerce (International)
B Commerce/B Adv Maths (Hons)
B Economics
B Econ/B Adv Maths (Hons)
B Economics/B Adv Sc (Hons)
B Exercise Science/M Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology
B Information Systems
B Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine (including double degree)
B Nutrition/M Dietetics and Food Innovation
B Pharmaceutical Medicine/M Pharmacy
Double Actuarial Studies (all courses)
Double Commerce (all courses)
Double Economics (all courses)
Double Law (all courses)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

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

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 185 (min. 169 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 185 (min. 180 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 589 (min. 6.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, 27 in listening, 24 in speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7 overall (min. 6.5 in writing and reading, 7.5 in speaking and listening) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 58 in writing and reading, 73 in speaking and listening) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 185 (min. 176 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE

185 (min. 180 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

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: 90 (min. 23 writing, 22 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 64 overall (min. 54 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 subtest)

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

180 (min. 180 in each subtest)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

For Diploma in Business:
Paper-based score: 577 (min. 5.0 in TWE)
Internet-based score: 90 (min. 23 in writing)

For other diploma courses:
Paper-based score: 550 (min. 4.5 in TWE)
Internet-based score: 75 (min. 20 in writing)

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

For Diploma in Business:
6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

For other diploma courses:
6.0 overall (min. 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking)

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

For Diploma in Business:
64 overall (min. 54 in writing and 46 in reading, listening and speaking)

For other diploma courses:
50 overall (min. 50 in writing and 46 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

For Diploma in Business:
Grade 4 or above in either English A: language and literature at standard or higher level

For other diploma courses:
Grade 3 in English A: language and literature at standard or higher level or English B at 4 SL or HL

Diploma must be awarded
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE

For Diploma in Business:
176 (min. 169 in writing and 162 in reading, listening and speaking)

For other diploma courses:
169 (min. 169 in writing and 162 in reading, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Postgraduate

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Tertiary studySuccessfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time study at AQF Bachelor level from a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English
TOEFL

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

Internet-based score: 90 overall (min. 23 writing, 22 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 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma
UNSW University English Entry Course (UNSW UEEC) Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Tertiary studySuccessfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time study at AQF Bachelor level from a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

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. 6.0 in each subtest) Only academic results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE

185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

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

185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesCompleted AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma
UNSW University English Entry Course (UNSW UEEC)

Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TertiarySuccessfully completed an AQF Bachelor level or higher from a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 610 overall (min. 6.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 102 overall (min. 27 in writing, 24 in reading, 28 in listening, 26 in speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.5 overall (min. 7.0 in writing and reading, 8.0 in speaking and listening) Only academic results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 73 overall (min. 65 in writing and reading, 79 in speaking and listening) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE

191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

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