CQUniversity English language proficiency requirements

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. Please confirm all requirements with CQUniversity.

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

Undergraduate

B Medical Sonography, B Podiatry Practice, B Podiatry Practice (Hons), B Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology), B Science (Chiropractic)
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

Australian Year 11 and 12 or equivalent in New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada

Successful completion within the last 5 years.

Tertiary study (completed within the last 5 years from the term you are applying, from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada) 

Completed study (at bachelor level or above) for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)

7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)
Results must appear on a single result certificate

Occupational English Test (results must be obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)

Minimum result of 'B'
Results must appear on a single result certificate

International Baccalaureate (diploma must be awarded) (undertaken in Australia or New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada)

Successful completion within the last five years
Other

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B Criminology, B Engineering (Hons), B Engineering Technology (Specialisation), B Engineering (Hons) (Civil Design)/Dip Building Design, B Engineering (Hons) (Control and Instrumentation)/B Information Technology (Application Development), B Engineering (Hons) (Civil Construction)/Dip Construction Management, B Medical Laboratory Science (Hons), B Medical Science
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

Australian Year 11 and 12 or equivalent in New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada

Successful completion within the last 5 years.

Tertiary study (completed within the last 5 years from the term you are applying, from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada)

Completed study (at bachelor level or above) for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)

6.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

Results must appear on a single result certificate

Occupational English Test (results must be obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)

Minimum result of 'B'

Results must appear on a single result certificate

International Baccalaureate (diploma must be awarded) (undertaken in Australia or New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada)

Successful completion within the last 5 years

Other

Contact CQU Student Admissions Team for further information.

B Nursing
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

Australian Year 11 and 12 or equivalent in New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada

Successful completion within the last 5 years.

Tertiary study (completed within the last 5 years from the term you are applying, from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada)

Completed study (at bachelor level or above) for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 

TOEFL (only results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)Internet-based score: 94 (min. 24 listening and reading, 27 in writing, 23 in speaking)

Results must appear on a single result certificate

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)

7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

Results must appear on a single result certificate

PTE Academic (only results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)

65 overall (min. 65 in each subtest)

Results must appear on a single result certificate

Occupational English Test (results must be obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)Minimum result of ‘B'
Results must appear on a single result certificate

International Baccalaureate (diploma must be awarded) (undertaken in Australia or New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada)

Successful completion within the last 5 years

Other

Current AHPRA registration (registration that is non-practising or limited is not accepted)

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Courses that do not require English language proficiency assessment
  • B Accident Forensics
  • 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 Professional Communication
  • B Science.
All other courses
Test/QualificationMinimum result required
Australian Year 11 and 12 or equivalent in New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or CanadaCompletion of Year 11 and 12 
Tertiary study (completed in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada)Completed study (at bachelor level or above) for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum GPA 4.0
Tertiary study (English must be the language of instruction)Completed study (at bachelor level or above) for a period of at least 2 year full-time with a minimum GPA 4.0

TOEFL (only results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)

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

IELTS (only results obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)

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

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

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, only results obtained since 1 January 2017)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: 180

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

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: 200

STAT (Multiple Choice) (results must be obtained within 2 years prior to course commencement date)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
STPMC pass in English
HKALEC pass in English, English Literature or Use of English
HKDSE4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesCompleted AQF Diploma or Advanced diploma; completed AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic purposes) of at least one-year full-time effective study within the last two years
Austrian MaturaGrade 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 SchoolGrade 8 in English
German AbiturGrade 4 in English
DAAD English language test (within the last five years)Grade B in all areas (min. 7 points in all 4 areas)
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)Grade C in English
Malaysian SPMGrade C6 in English
Norway Upper Secondary SchoolGrade 4 (VG) in English
Swedish Avgangsbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan (before 1997)Not accepted
Swedish Upper Secondary School (Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan)

1997–2013: VG in final-year English 
2014 and onwards: not accepted

Other

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