UNSW Sydney

English language proficiency

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.

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

Undergraduate

Specific courses in this group

B Actuarial Studies
B Actuarial Studies (Co-op)
B Commerce
B Commerce (International)
B Commerce (Co-op)
B Commerce (Co-op) (Hons)
B Commerce/B Adv Maths (Hons)
B Economics
B Economics/B Advanced Maths (Hons)
B Economics/B Advanced Science (Hons)
B Economics/B Computer Science
B Information Systems
B Information Systems (Co-op) (Hons)
Double Actuarial Studies (all courses)
Double Commerce (all courses)
Double Economics (all courses)
Double Law (all courses)
B Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine (including double degree)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Tertiary study Successfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time study at AQF Bachelor level or higher from a recognised university or other tertiary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment is English Only study completed within 2 years of the course start date
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

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

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS
7 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) Only academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

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

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

UK: grade A in Humanities* or English at A level or an A in English Language and Literature or English Language at AS level

Singapore: A in English Language and Linguistics

*A Humanities subject is an Arts or Social Science subject which is taught in English, where you will have a substantial amount of reading, essay writing and written exams. Humanities subjects: 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, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Policies, Sociology, World Development

C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 185 (min. 169 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 185 (min. 180 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM A grade 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 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 80% 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 ANU Foundation students need to complete Advanced Academic English and UMELB Foundations students need to complete English for Academic Purposes

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

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

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)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7 overall (min. 6.5 in reading & writing, 7.5 in listening and speaking) Only academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 73 in listening and speaking, 58 in reading and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

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

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)UK: grade A in Humanities* or English at A level or an A in English Language and Literature or English Language at AS level

Singapore: A in English Language and Linguistics

*A Humanities subject is an Arts or Social Science subject which is taught in English, where you will have a substantial amount of reading, essay writing and written exams. Humanities subjects: 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, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Policies, Sociology, World Development.

C1 Advanced, formerly CAE

185 (min. 176 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

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

185 (min. 180 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM A grade in Literature (920)
HKDSE 5 in English Language or Literature in English
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
Please note that ANU Foundation students need to complete Advanced Academic English and UMELB Foundations students need to complete English for Academic Purposes
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

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Tertiary study 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 Only study completed between 1 January 2019 and 1 January 2021
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 577 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

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

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 64 overall (min. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

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 one of the following IB English courses:

  • English A: language and literature at standard or higher level; or
  • English A: literature at standard or higher level; or
  • English B at higher level
Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

UK: grade C in a Humanities* subject at A level or grade C in the General Paper at A level

Singapore: C in a Humanities* Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) subject or C grade in General Paper

*A Humanities subject is an Arts or Social Science subject which is taught in English, where you will have a substantial amount of reading, essay writing and written exams. Humanities subjects: 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, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Policies, Sociology, World Development.
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE

176 (min. 169 in each subtest)

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

180 (min. 180 in each subtest)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
STPM C grade in 920 English
HKDSE 4 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 C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
UNSW Foundation Year

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

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 ANU Foundation students need to complete Advanced
Academic English and UMELB Foundations students need to complete English for Academic Purposes
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

Specific courses in this group

B Actuarial Studies
B Commerce
B Commerce (International)
B Commerce/B Adv Maths (Hons)
B Economics
B Econ/B Adv Maths (Hons)
B Economics/B Adv Sc (Hons)
B Information Systems
Double Actuarial Studies (all courses)
Double Commerce (all courses)
Double Economics (all courses)
Double Law (all courses)
B Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine (including double degree)

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

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

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate Grade 6 at higher level or Grade 7 at standard level in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature Diploma must be awarded
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 185 (min. 169 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 185 (min. 180 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

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)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7 overall (min. 6.5 in reading & writing, 7.5 in listening and speaking) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 73 in listening and speaking, 58 in reading and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

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

Diploma must be awarded
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 185 (min. 176 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE

185 (min. 180 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 577 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

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

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 64 overall (min. 54 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

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

Diploma must be awarded
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE

176 (min. 169 in each subtest)

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

180 (min. 180 in each subtest)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Postgraduate

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: overall 577 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

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

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 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed 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

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: 589 (min. 5.0 in TWE)

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

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) Only academic results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE

185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

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

185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Australian TAFE and private provider studiesCompleted 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

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

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)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.5 overall (min. 8.0 in speaking and listening, 7.0 in reading and writing) Only academic results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 73 overall (min. 65 in writing and reading, 79 in listening and speaking Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C1 Advanced, formerly CAE 191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency, formerly CPE

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

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
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

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