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.

Highlighted English language proficiency requirements have been updated since applications opened. Confirm all requirements with UNSW.

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 Architectural Studies
B City Planning (Hons)
B Commerce
B Commerce (International)
B Commerce (Co-op)
B Commerce (Co-op) (Hons)
B Commerce/B Adv Maths (Hons)
B Computational Design
B Construction Management & Property
B Economics
B Economics/B Advanced Maths (Hons)
B Economics/B Advanced Science (Hons)
B Economics/B Computer Science
B Industrial Design
B Interior Architecture (Hons)
B Landscape Architecture (Hons)
B Information Systems
B Information Systems (Co-op) (Hons)
Double Actuarial Studies
Double Commerce
Double Economics
Double Law
Medicine (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 or higher from a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English Only study completed between 1 Jan 2019 and 1 Jan 2021
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
Duolingo English Test135 to 140For applicants located in China and Iran only, provided the test is completed by 31 January 2021
International Baccalaureate

Nov. 2012 session & earlier: Grade 6 in English A2 at higher level (prior to May 1999, ‘standard level’ was referred to as ‘subsidiary level’)

May 2013 session & onwards: Grade 6 at higher level or Grade 7 at standard level in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature

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

UK A grade in Humanities or English at Advanced (A2) level or an A in English Language & Literature or English Language at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level Humanities subjects include: Ancient History/Classical Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Citizenship Studies, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking (formerly Critical and Contextual Studies), Drama and Theatre, 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, World Development

**Humanities – an Arts or Social Science subject that is conducted in English and requires substantial reading, as well as essay writing, in written examinations

Singapore A grade in English Language and Linguistics

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 grade in Literature (920)
HKDSE 5 in English Language or Literature in English
Australian TAFE and private provider studies

Completed AQF 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 – University Preparation Program (UPP) & UNSW Preparation Program (UNSW Prep) Successful completion of course Not accepted for Law and Medicine courses
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
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
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 reading & writing, 7.5 in listening and speaking) Only academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 73 in listening and speaking, 58 in reading and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

Nov. 2012 session & earlier: Grade 6 in English A2 at higher level or Grade 7 in English A at standard level (prior to May 1999, ‘standard level’ was referred to as ‘subsidiary level’)

May 2013 session & onwards: Grade 6 at higher level or Grade 7 at standard level in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature

Diploma must be awarded

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 grade in Literature (920)
HKDSE 5 in English Language or Literature in English
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
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 tertiary study at a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English Only study completed between 1 January 2018 and 1 January 2020
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
Duolingo English Test125 to 130For applicants located in China and Iran only, provided the test is completed by 31 January 2021
International Baccalaureate

Nov. 2012 session & earlier: Grade 4 in English A2 at higher level (prior to May 1999, ‘standard level’ was referred to as ‘subsidiary level’)

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

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore) C grade in General Paper at Advanced (A2) or C grade in one of the following humanities** subjects at Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level, or Higher 1 (H1) level: Ancient History/Classical Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Citizenship Studies, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking (formerly Critical and Contextual Studies), Drama and Theatre, 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, World Development

**Humanities – an Arts or Social Science subject that is conducted in English and requires substantial reading, as well as essay writing, in written examinations
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 grade in 920 English
HKDSE 4 in English language or Literature in English
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF 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 – University Preparation Program (UPP) & UNSW Preparation Program (UNSW Prep) Successful completion of course
UNSW Foundation Year

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

(B grade in Academic English required for Medical Science, Medicine, Optometry and Psychological Science; B+ grade required for Education and Psychology)

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

Note that the English language entry requirements are higher for the following programs: Education and Psychology (B+ or 85%), Medical Science, Medicine, Optometry, Psychological Science (B or 80%)

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 Actuarial Studies (Co-op)
B Architectural Studies
B City Planning (Hons)
B Commerce
B Commerce (International)
B Commerce (Co-op)
B Commerce (Co-op) (Hons)
B Commerce/B Adv Maths (Hons)
B Computational Design
B Construction Management & Property
B Economics
B Econ/B Adv Maths (Hons)
B Economics/B Adv Sc (Hons)
B Industrial Design
B Information Systems
B Info Sys (Co-op) (Hons)
B Interior Architecture (Hons)
B Landscape Architecture (Hons)
Double Actuarial Studies
Double Commerce
Double Economics
Law (all courses)
Medicine

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
Duolingo English Test135 to 140For applicants located in China and Iran only, provided the test is completed by 31 January 2021
International Baccalaureate Grade 6 at higher level or Grade 7 at standard level in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature Diploma must be awarded
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 reading & writing, 7.5 in listening and speaking) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 73 in listening and speaking, 58 in reading and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

Grade 6 at higher level or Grade 7 at standard level in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature

Diploma must be awarded
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
Duolingo English Test125 to 130For applicants located in China and Iran only, provided the test is completed by 31 January 2021
International Baccalaureate

Grade 4 in English A: language and literature at higher or standard level or Grade 4 in English A: literature at higher or standard level or Grade 4 in English B at higher level

Diploma must be awarded
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

Postgraduate

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
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
Duolingo English Test125 to 130For applicants located in China and Iran only, provided the test is completed by 31 January 2021
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
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 University Preparation Program (UPP) Successful completion of the program

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
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
Duolingo English Test135 to 140For applicants located in China and Iran only, provided the test is completed by 31 January 2021
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
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
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. 8.0 in speaking and listening, 7.0 in reading and writing) Only academic results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 73 overall (min. 65 in writing and reading, 79 in listening and speaking 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
HSC or equivalent interstate qualifications (excluding IB) Band 5 in Standard English, Advance English or English as a Second Language
Tertiary studies Four years full-time study (or comparable qualification) where the medium of instruction was in English and in one of the following countries Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland

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