English language proficiency

English language proficiency (ELP) is an admission requirement for all tertiary courses offered through UAC.

Qualifications that usually satisfy ELP

You usually do not need to provide proof of your English proficiency if you have an assessable qualification in English from one of the following countries:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Botswana
  • Canada
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
    (including Northern Ireland)
  • United States of America
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe.

Assessable qualifications from the countries listed above include:

  • senior secondary studies, comparable with the NSW HSC
  • one full year of Australian or comparable tertiary studies, including RATE Associate Diploma and Diploma, Associate degree, Bachelor degree and postgraduate studies
  • completed AQF Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • Australian or comparable non-award studies
  • tertiary preparation courses, including NSW TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC), with a full-time equivalence of one year.

The following qualifications may also be accepted by institutions as satisfying English language proficiency if you were born in and undertook the qualification in one of the countries listed above:

Being born in Australia or one of the countries listed above doesn't automatically pass you for English proficiency. You must also have at least one of the assessable qualifications.

Additional qualifications accepted by each institution

Institutions have outlined the additional tests and qualifications they accept as proof of proficiency in English.

Check the English language proficiency requirements by institution list.

If you believe you can demonstrate your proficiency in English with a test or qualification that's not included in the list of general assessable qualifications or an institution's list of additional ELP qualifications, write to the admissions office at each institution to which you're applying and include supporting documentation. The institution will determine if the test or qualification is acceptable and record this decision against your application.

Don’t send this information to UAC – we cannot make decisions about your English proficiency on behalf of institutions.  

English proficiency test results

If you need to sit a test to meet an institution's ELP requirements, submit your UAC application first and include details of your proposed test in the English language proficiency question. Provide UAC with a verified copy of your results as soon as you receive them. (Read about documents you may need to provide to UAC for more information on supplying documents.)

To sit the test, contact the individual test centres directly. Before you register, check with the institution to make sure it will accept the test result as proof of English language proficiency for the course you want to study.

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