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La Trobe university English language proficiency requirements

La Trobe 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.

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

Undergraduate

B Human Services/M Social Work, B Nursing (Pre-registration)
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

TOEFL (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Paper-based score: 600 (min. 6.0 in TWE)

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

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

PTE Academic (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017) 72 overall (min. 68 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Medium of instruction is English

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)C pass in English at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) or Higher 1 (H1) level or Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level OR  C pass in General Paper at Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level
GCSE/GCE 'O' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

C pass in English

Acceptable CIE and Edexcel International IGCSE subjects: English – First Language, English Language, English – Second Language, English as a Second Language (ESL), English – Literature, English Literature
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: B pass

2015 and onwards: A pass

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: B pass

STPMC pass in 914/920 English
HKALEC pass in Use of English
HKDSE4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesCompleted AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes) or completed Advanced certificate
La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS)English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at undergraduate (EFS5 (60%) UG) level.
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies60% final result in a course.
La Trobe University Bridging Program or Tertiary Enabling ProgramCompletion of course
Danish Studentereksamen or Higher Preparatory Examination undertaken in 2007 and onwardsGrade of 7 in A-level English or grade 10 in B-level English on the new grading scale.
Danish Higher Commercial Examination or the Higher Technical Examination undertaken in 2007 and onwards. Grade of 11 is required if English is undertaken in Stream B Technical Pathway.
Tertiary study in DenmarkEnglish as the language of instruction in tertiary level of at least one year full time (60 ETCS) 
Finnish Matriculation CertificateA minimum grade 8 in English
German Abitur and DAAD English language testRequire Gymnasium (High School) or Abitur results between the range of 15-7 at (LF level) (Very Good to Satisfactory). Minimum of 6 with DAAD results indicating the upper two result range is also acceptable. English not at LF level: 10, if below 10 (minimum of 7) DAAD results must indicate the upper two result range and must not be submitted on its own
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)C or better in the English language
Year 10 and Year 12 in IndiaScore of 60% or better in English in both Year 10 and Year 12 secondary education in India
Netherlands Diploma of Pre-University Education (VWO)Grade 6
Netherlands HAVO (senior secondary general education) or MBO (senior secondary vocational education) Grade 7
Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School ExaminationsGrade of 4 in English
Swedish Upper Secondary School (Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan)

1997–2013: Grade of VG in English

2014 and onwards: Not accepted
English as the language of instructionEnglish as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. This will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
B Laws, B Commerce
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

TOEFL (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Paper-based score: 575 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 60 (min. 20 in each subtest)

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

PTE Academic (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017) 64 overall (min. 50 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Medium of instruction is English

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)C pass in English at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) or Higher 1 (H1) level or Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level OR  C pass in General Paper at Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level
GCSE/GCE 'O' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

C pass in English

Acceptable CIE and Edexcel International IGCSE subjects: English – First Language, English Language, English – Second Language, English as a Second Language (ESL), English – Literature, English Literature
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: B pass

2015 and onwards: B pass

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: C pass

STPMC pass in 914/920 English
HKALEC pass in Use of English
HKDSE4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesCompleted AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes) or completed Advanced certificate
La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS)English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at undergraduate (EFS5 (60%) UG) level.
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies60% final result in a course.
La Trobe University Bridging Program or Tertiary Enabling ProgramCompletion of course
Danish Studentereksamen or Higher Preparatory Examination undertaken in 2007 and onwardsGrade of 7 in A-level English or grade 10 in B-level English on the new grading scale.
Danish Higher Commercial Examination or the Higher Technical Examination undertaken in 2007 and onwards. Grade of 11 is required if English is undertaken in Stream B Technical Pathway.
Tertiary study in DenmarkEnglish as the language of instruction in tertiary level of at least one year full time (60 ETCS) 
Finnish Matriculation CertificateA minimum grade 8 in English
German Abitur and DAAD English language testRequire Gymnasium (High School) or Abitur results between the range of 15-7 at (LF level) (Very Good to Satisfactory). Minimum of 6 with DAAD results indicating the upper two result range is also acceptable. English not at LF level: 10, if below 10 (minimum of 7) DAAD results must indicate the upper two result range and must not be submitted on its own
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)C or better in the English language
Year 10 and Year 12 in IndiaScore of 60% or better in English in both Year 10 and Year 12 secondary education in India
Netherlands Diploma of Pre-University Education (VWO)Grade 6
Netherlands HAVO (senior secondary general education) or MBO (senior secondary vocational education) Grade 7
Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School ExaminationsGrade of 4 in English
Swedish Upper Secondary School (Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan)

1997–2013: Grade of VG in English

2014 and onwards: Not accepted
English as the language of instructionEnglish as the language of instruction in secondary and/or tertiary studies may be accepted. This will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
Health Sciences
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

TOEFL (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Paper-based score: 575 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 80 (18 in speaking, listening and reading; 22 in writing)

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

PTE Academic (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017) 64 overall (min. 59 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Medium of instruction is English

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)C pass in English at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) or Higher 1 (H1) level or Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level OR  C pass in General Paper at Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level
GCSE/GCE 'O' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

C pass in English

Acceptable CIE and Edexcel International IGCSE subjects: English – First Language, English Language, English – Second Language, English as a Second Language (ESL), English – Literature, English Literature
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: B pass

2015 and onwards: B pass

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: C pass

STPMC pass in 914/920 English
HKALEC pass in Use of English
HKDSE4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesCompleted AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes) or completed Advanced certificate
La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS)English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at undergraduate (EFS5 (60%) UG) level
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies60% final result in a course.
La Trobe University Bridging Program or Tertiary Enabling ProgramCompletion of course
Danish Studentereksamen or Higher Preparatory Examination undertaken in 2007 and onwardsGrade of 7 in A-level English or grade 10 in B-level English on the new grading scale.
Danish Higher Commercial Examination or the Higher Technical Examination undertaken in 2007 and onwards. Grade of 11 is required if English is undertaken in Stream B Technical Pathway.
Tertiary study in DenmarkEnglish as the language of instruction in tertiary level of at least one year full time (60 ETCS) 
Finnish Matriculation CertificateA minimum grade 8 in English
German Abitur and DAAD English language testRequire Gymnasium (High School) or Abitur results between the range of 15-7 at (LF level) (Very Good to Satisfactory). Minimum of 6 with DAAD results indicating the upper two result range is also acceptable. English not at LF level: 10, if below 10 (minimum of 7) DAAD results must indicate the upper two result range and must not be submitted on its own
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)C or better in the English language
Year 10 and Year 12 in IndiaScore of 60% or better in English in both Year 10 and Year 12 secondary education in India
Netherlands Diploma of Pre-University Education (VWO)Grade 6
Netherlands HAVO (senior secondary general education) or MBO (senior secondary vocational education) Grade 7
Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School ExaminationsGrade of 4 in English
Swedish Upper Secondary School (Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan)

1997–2013: Grade of VG in English

2014 and onwards: Not accepted
English as the language of instructionEnglish as the language of instruction in secondary and/or tertiary studies may be accepted. This will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
All other courses
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

TOEFL (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Paper-based score: 550 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 60 (min. 20 in each subtest); some courses require a higher score

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

6.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

PTE Academic (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)  57 overall (min. 50 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Medium of instruction is English

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)C pass in English at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) or Higher 1 (H1) level or Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level OR  C pass in General Paper at Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level
GCSE/GCE 'O' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

C pass in English

Acceptable CIE and Edexcel International IGCSE subjects: English – First Language, English Language, English – Second Language, English as a Second Language (ESL), English – Literature, English Literature

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: B pass

2015 and onwards: B pass

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: C pass

STPMC pass in 914/920 English
HKALEC pass in Use of English
HKDSE4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesCompleted AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes) or completed Advanced certificate
La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS)English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at undergraduate (EFS5 (60%) UG) level.
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies60% final result in a course.
La Trobe University Bridging Program or Tertiary Enabling ProgramCompletion of course
Danish Studentereksamen or Higher Preparatory Examination undertaken in 2007 and onwardsGrade of 7 in A-level English or grade 10 in B-level English on the new grading scale.
Danish Higher Commercial Examination or the Higher Technical Examination undertaken in 2007 and onwards. Grade of 11 is required if English is undertaken in Stream B Technical Pathway.
Tertiary study in DenmarkEnglish as the language of instruction in tertiary level of at least one year full time (60 ETCS) 
Finnish Matriculation CertificateA minimum grade 8 in English
German Abitur and DAAD English language testRequire Gymnasium (High School) or Abitur results between the range of 15-7 at (LF level) (Very Good to Satisfactory). Minimum of 6 with DAAD results indicating the upper two result range is also acceptable. English not at LF level: 10, if below 10 (minimum of 7) DAAD results must indicate the upper two result range and must not be submitted on its own
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)C or better in the English language
Year 10 and Year 12 in IndiaScore of 60% or better in English in both Year 10 and Year 12 secondary education in India
Netherlands Diploma of Pre-University Education (VWO)Grade 6
Netherlands HAVO (senior secondary general education) or MBO (senior secondary vocational education) Grade 7
Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School ExaminationsGrade of 4 in English
Swedish Upper Secondary School (Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan)

1997–2013: Grade of VG in English

2014 and onwards: Not accepted
English as the language of instructionEnglish as the language of instruction in secondary and/or tertiary studies may be accepted. This will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

International year 12s

B Human Services/M Social Work, B Nursing (Pre-Registration)
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

English as medium of instruction

English as the language of instruction in secondary studies may be accepted, except for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no subtest below 6.0

TOEFL (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Paper-based score: 600 (min. 6.0 in TWE); some courses require a higher score

Internet-based score: 94 (min. for SLR 24; W 27)

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

PTE Academic (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)72 overall (min. 68 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Medium of instruction is English

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: B pass

2015 and onwards: A pass

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: B pass

B Laws, B Commerce
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

English as medium of instruction

English as the language of instruction in secondary studies may be accepted, except for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no subtest below 6.0

TOEFL (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Paper-based score: 575 (min. 5.0 in TWE); some courses require a higher score

Internet-based score: 60 (min. 20 in each subtest)

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

PTE Academic (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)64 overall (min. 50 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Medium of instruction is English

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: B pass

2015 and onwards: B pass

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: C pass

Health Sciences
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

English as medium of instruction

English as the language of instruction in secondary studies may be accepted, except for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no subtest below 6.0

TOEFL (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Paper-based score: 575 (min. 5.0 in TWE); some courses require a higher score

Internet-based score: 80 (SLR 18; W 22)

 

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

PTE Academic (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)64 overall (min. 59 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Medium of instruction is English

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: B pass

2015 and onwards: B pass

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: C pass

All other courses
Test/QualificationMinimum result required

English as medium of instruction

English as the language of instruction in secondary studies may be accepted, except for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no subtest below 6.0

TOEFL (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Paper-based score: 550 (min. 5.0 in TWE); some courses require a higher score

Internet-based score: 60 (min. 20 in each subtest)

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

6.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

PTE Academic (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)57 overall (min. 50 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Medium of instruction is English

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: B pass

2015 and onwards: B pass

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Pre-2015: C pass

2015 and onwards: C pass

Postgraduate 2019

All courses
Test/QualificationMinimum result required
TOEFL (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

Paper-based score: 550 (min. 5.0 in TWE); some courses require a higher score

Internet-based score: 80 (min. 18 in speaking, listening, reading; min. 22 in writing); some courses require higher scores

IELTS (only Academic version results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)

6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

7.0 overall required for M Teaching (P–12)

PTE Academic (only results obtained no more than 2 years prior to 1 January of the year in which the course starts, e.g. for all courses starting in 2019 - test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2017)Min. score of 64 with no Communicative skill score less than 59
International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Nov 2012 session & earlier: English A1 at higher or standard level (prior to May 1999, ‘standard level’ was referred to as ‘subsidiary level’)

May 2013 sessions & onwards:  Grade 4 in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature at higher level  OR Grade 4 in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature at standard level  OR Grade 5 in English B at higher level

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)C pass in General Paper (at Supplementary or Higher 1 (H1) level) or English
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 – Second Language, English as a Second Language (ESL), English – Literature, English Literature

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Grade of B or higher

La Trobe Melbourne English for Further Studies

Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70%) PG1) level

Secondary and tertiary studiesEnglish as the language of instruction in secondary and/or tertiary studies may be accepted
Recognised English programs for direct entryFor more information visit the La Trobe University website