UNSW Sydney English language proficiency requirements

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. Please confirm all requirements with UNSW.

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

Undergraduate

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

https://www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/institutions/unsw-sydney/english-language-proficiency

Test/Qualification

Minimum result required

Tertiary study (only study completed between 1 Jan 2018 and 1 Jan 2020)

Successfully completed a minimum of eighteen months of full-time tertiary study at a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English

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: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening & speaking)

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 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)

65 overall (min. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

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

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

UK A pass 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 pass in English Language and Linguistics

GCSE/GCE 'O' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

Not accepted 

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

185 (min.169 in each subtest)

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

185 (min.180 in each subtest)

STPM

A Pass 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

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.

Law (all courses), Medicine
Test/QualificationMinimum result required
Tertiary study (only study completed between 1 Jan 2018 and 1 Jan 2020)Successfully completed a minimum of eighteen months of full-time tertiary study at a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English

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: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening & speaking)

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. 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)

65 overall (min. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

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

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

UK A pass 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

Singapore  A pass in English Language and Linguistics

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

185 (min.169 in each subtest)

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

185 (min.180 in each subtest)

STPMA pass in Literature (920)
HKDSE5* in English Language or Literature in English
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesNot accepted
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 Foundation Year

Completion of program with a minimum grade of B in Academic English

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.
B Education (all courses)
Test/QualificationMinimum result required
Tertiary study (only study completed between 1 Jan 2018 and 1 Jan 2020)Successfully completed an assessable degree (minimum length 3-years) at a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English

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: 589 (min. 6.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, 27 in listening, 24 in speaking)

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 overall (min. 6.5 in reading & writing, 7.5 in listening and speaking)

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)

65 overall (min. 73 in listening and speaking, 58 in reading and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

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

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

UK A pass 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

Singapore  A pass in English Language and Linguistics

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

191 (min. 169 in each subtest)

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

191 (min. 180 in each subtest)

STPMA pass in Literature (920)
HKDSE5* in English Language or Literature in English
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesNot accepted
UNSW Foundation Year

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

International Foundation YearSuccessful 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.
All other courses
Test/QualificationMinimum result required
Tertiary study (only study completed between 1 Jan 2018 and 1 Jan 2020)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

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: 577 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 90 (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening & speaking)

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. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

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

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

C pass in General Paper at Advanced (A2) or C pass 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 (only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

176 (min.169 in each subtest)

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

180 (min.180 in each subtest)

STPMC pass in 920 English
HKDSE4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesCompleted 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 pass in Academic English required for Medical Science, Medicine, Optometry and Psychological Science; B+ pass 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

Please note that the English language entry requirements are higher for the following programs: 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

B Architectural Studies, B Computational Design, B Construction Management & Property, B Industrial Design, B Interior Architecture (Hons), B Landscape Architecture (Hons), B City Planning (Hons), B Commerce, B Commerce (International), Double Commerce, B Commerce/B Adv Maths (Hons), B Actuarial Studies, Combined Actuarial Studies, B Economics, Double Economics, B Econ/B Adv Maths (Hons), B Economics/B Adv Sc (Hons), B Information Systems, B Commerce (Co-op), B Commerce (Co-op) (Hons), B Actuarial Studies (Co-op), B Info Sys (Co-op) (Hons), Law (all courses), Medicine
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: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening & speaking)

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. 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)

65 overall (min. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

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

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

185 (min. 169 in each subtest)

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

185 (min. 180 in each subtest)

B Education (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: 589 (min. 6.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, 27 in listening, 24 in speaking)

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 overall (min. 6.5 in reading & writing, 7.5 in listening and speaking)

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)

65 overall (min. 73 in listening and speaking, 58 in reading and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

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

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

191 (min. 169 in each subtest)

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

191 (min. 180 in each subtest)

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: 577 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 90 (min. 23 writing, 22 reading, listening and speaking)

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. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

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

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

176 (min.169 in each subtest)

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

180 (min.180 in each subtest)

Postgraduate

All School of Public Health and Community Medicine 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: overall 577 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 90 overall (min. 23 writing, 22 in reading, listening & speaking)

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. 54 in each subtest)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Nov. 2012 session & earlier: Not accepted

Grade 4 or above in one of the following IB English courses: English A: language & literature at standard or higher level; OR English A: literature at standard or higher level; OR English B at higher level

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

C pass in General Paper or C pass in one of the following humanities subject** at Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level, or Advanced Subsidiary (AS) 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 (only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

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

180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

STPMC pass in 920 English
HKDSELevel 4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesCompleted 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
M Laws (LLM), Juris Doctor
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: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Internet-based score: 94 (min. 25 writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

IELTS (only academic 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. 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)

65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma must be awarded)

Grade 6 in IB English A at Higher Level

or

Grade 7 in IB English A at Standard Level

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)

UK A grade in Humanities or English A2 level or an A in English Language & Literature or English Language at an AS level

Singapore  A in English Language and Linguistics

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

185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

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

185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

STPMA in Literature (920)
HKDSE5* in English Language or Literature in English
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesNot accepted

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)

Not accepted

M Teaching (Primary), M Teaching (Secondary)
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: 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)

IELTS (only academic 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)

7.5 overall (min. 8.0 in speaking and listening, 7.0 in reading and writing)

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) 

73 overall (min. 65 in writing and reading, 79 in listening and speaking)

International Baccalaureate

Not accepted

GCE 'A' LEVELS (from UK or Singapore)Not accepted
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE

191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening)

C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE

191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening)

STPMNot accepted
HKDSENot accepted
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesNot accepted
UNSW University English Entry Course (UNSW UEEC)Not accepted
UNSW University Preparation Program (UPP)Not accepted

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