Western Sydney University

English language proficiency

Western Sydney 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 Western Sydney University.

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

Contact the Western Sydney University Admissions Office if you have completed one of the following:

  • a minimum of four years of Australian senior secondary studies but you were not eligible for an ATAR/UAI/TER
  • Australian university studies where the minimum full-time equivalence is one semester
  • overseas university studies where the minimum full-time equivalence is one year and the medium of instruction of the course was English. Your qualification will be assessed by the university on a case-by-case basis.

Undergraduate

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

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 midwifery or nursing

Paper-based score: not accepted

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 IELTS Indicator online test: not accepted for midwifery or nursing

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

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

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

Internet-based score: 94 (min 24 writing, 22 in speaking, listening and reading)
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
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 tests) OR

Completion of University Foundation Studies OR

Successful completion of four diploma units

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 610 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 105 (min 24 writing and reading, 26 in speaking, 28 in listening)
Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.5 overall (min. 7.0 in reading and writing, 8.0 in speaking and listening) Only academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 78 overall (min. 79 in listening and speaking, 65 in reading 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 6 at higher level or Grade 7 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 191 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 191 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKALE A pass in Use of English
HKDSE 5** in English Language or Literature in English
Western Sydney, The College

Master of Teaching Direct Entry English Program (MTDEEP)

60% pass overall (pass in each assessment item)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 525 (min. 4.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 59 (min. 17 in writing, 15 in speaking)
Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 5.5 overall (min. 5.0 in each subtest) Only academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 42 overall (min. 40 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 3 at higher level or standard level in English A: literature or English A: language and literature

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

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

D 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, 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)

C pass in General Paper or English

Acceptable CIE and Edexcel International IGCSE subjects: English – First Language, English Language, English Literature

C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 162 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 162 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM E pass in English (914) or Literature (920)
HKALE E pass in Use of English
HKDSE 3 in English Language
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Certificate IV
Western Sydney, The College

EAP 3 Grade = 50% (and Pass in tests) OR

Completion of University Foundation Studies OR

Successful completion of four diploma units

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 525 (min 4.5 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 70 (min 20 in writing, 16 in speaking, 11 in listening and reading)
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

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 3 at higher level or Grade 4 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)

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

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, 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 Literature

C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 169 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE
169 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM D pass in English (914) or Literature (920)
HKALE D pass in Use of English
HKDSE 4 in English Language
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Certificate IV
Western Sydney, The College

EAP 4 Grade = 50% (and Pass in tests) OR

EAP 5 Grade = 50% (and Pass in tests) OR

Completion of University Foundation Studies OR

Successful completion of four diploma units

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 575 (min. 4.5 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 82 (min. 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in listening and reading)
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
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 4 at higher level or Grade 5 at standard level in English A: literature or English A: language and literature

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

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

B 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, 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 Language and Literature or English Language
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 176 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 176 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM C pass in English (914) or Literature (920)
HKALE C pass in Use of English
HKDSE 5 in English Language
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Diploma or Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes
Western Sydney, The College

EAP 5 Grade = 55% (and Pass in tests) OR

Completion of University Foundation Studies OR

Successful completion of four diploma units

International Year 12s

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

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 midwifery or nursing

Paper-based score: not accepted

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 IELTS Indicator online test: not accepted for midwifery or nursing

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

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 525 (min 4.5 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 70 (min. 20 in writing, 16 in speaking, 11 in listening and reading)
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 at higher level or Grade 4 at standard level in English A: literature or English A: language and literature

Diploma must be awarded

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 525 (min. 4.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 59 (min. 17 in writing, 15 in speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 5.5 overall (min. 5.0 in each subtest) Only academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 42 overall (min. 40 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate Grade 3 at higher level or standard level in English A: literature or English A: language and literature Diploma must be awarded

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 575 (min. 4.5 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 82 (min. 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in reading and listening)

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
International Baccalaureate Grade 4 at higher level or Grade 5 at standard level in English A: literature or English A: language and literature Diploma must be awarded

Postgraduate

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

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

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 24 in writing, 22 in all other subtests)

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
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 & literature

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore) A pass at full Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) 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 tests) OR

Completion of University Foundation Studies OR

Successful completion of four diploma units

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 610 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 105 (min. 24 in writing and reading, 26 in speaking, 28 in listening)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.5 overall (min. 7.0 reading and writing, 8.0 in speaking and listening) Only academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 78 overall (min. 79 in listening and speaking, 65 in reading and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

Nov 2013 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 6 at higher level or grade 7 at standard level in English A: literature or English A: language & literature

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore) A* pass at full Advanced (A2) level in English (English Language/English Literature).
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 191 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 191 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKALE A pass in Use of English
HKDSE 5** in English Language or Literature in English
Western Sydney, The College Master of Teaching Direct Entry English Program (MTDEEP)

60% pass overall (pass in each assessment item)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

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

Internet-based score: 100 (min. 27 in writing, 22 for all other subtests)

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
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 & literature
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 = 60% (and Pass in tests) OR

Completion of University Foundation Studies OR

Successful completion of four diploma units

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

Paper-based score: not accepted

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

IELTS Indicator online test: not accepted

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

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 575 (min. 4.5 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 82 (min. 21 writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in listening and reading)

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
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 4 at higher level or grade 5 at standard level in English A: literature or English A: language & literature

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

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

OR

B 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, 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

C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 176 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE

176

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM C pass in English (914) or Literature (920)
HKALE C pass in Use of English
HKDSE 5 in English Language or Literature in English
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Diploma
Western Sydney, The College

EAP 5 Grade = 55% (and Pass in tests) OR

Completion of University Foundation Studies OR

Successful completion of four diploma units

Location

Campus locations are: Bankstown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Liverpool City, Nirimba (Blacktown), Parramatta, Parramatta City, Penrith, Sydney City, Sydney Olympic Park.

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Phone

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+61 2 9852 5499 (international)

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