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English requirements

English requirements

English is the language of instruction and assessment across CQUniversity. You are required to meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry to our programs. There are a number of ways to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Click below for more  information.

CQUniversity English language study

If you do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements, you can apply to study one of our English language courses. You may gain entry to a degree program upon successful completion of the required English language course.

English tests

CQUniversity recognises a number of English tests which can be taken to meet out English language proficiency requirements. The following are the minimum scores required for most of our programs. Some programs require a higher score. Please refer to the Variation Listings for the list of programs and the respective score required.

Your English test results are valid if no more than two years has lapsed between the final examination result date and the date of commencement of study. Every student will be assessed individually, and other equivalent English preparation, or combinations of English preparation, will be considered. 

ENGLISH TEST           CERTIFICATE OR DIPLOMA*           UNDERGRADUATE OR POSTGRADUATE COURSEWORK OR STUDY ABROAD
(Exceptions apply**)                    
POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH          

International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic)

5.5 (with no individual band score of less than 5.0). 6 (with no individual band score of less than 5.5). 6.5 (with no individual band score less than 6.0).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL Internet-based)

Overall score of 65 with no score less than 15.

Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17.

Overall score of 79 with no score less than 21.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 

Overall score of 42 with no score less than 35.

Overall score of 50 with no score less than 42.

Overall score of 58 with no score less than 50.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Overall test score of 162 (with no individual band score of less than 154). Overall test score of 169 (with no individual band score of less than 154). Overall test score of 176 (with no individual band score of less than 169).

*These students are required to undertake further communications and language study as part of their degree.

**There are a number of programs and courses for which different requirements have been separately approved by Academic Board. For more information on these requirements see the Variation Listings for International Students below.

Previous study and other qualifications

If you have successfully completed previous study where the medium of instruction was in English at a university or post-secondary school, or have an academic qualification that meets the English language proficiency requirements, you are deemed to have met the minimum English language proficiency      requirements.   

QUALIFICATION OR OTHER ENGLISH PREPARATION           CERTIFICATE OR DIPLOMA*           UNDERGRADUATE OR POSTGRADUATE COURSEWORK OR STUDY ABROAD**                     POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH          

CQUniversity Recognised English Entry English Providers (REEP)***

Successful completion with a special entry level requirement as outlined on the REEP Listing.

Successful completion with a special entry level requirement as outlined on the REEP Listing.

 

Tertiary Studies Foundation Program (minimum of 1 year of study)

Successful completion.

Successful completion.

 

International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR® (IIAA accredited))

3 in all four skill areas.

3 in all four skill areas.

 

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Cambridge English: First (FCE)

Overall FCE or CAE score of 162 (with no individual band score of less than 154).

Overall FCE or CAE score of 169 (with no individual band score of less than 162).

Overall CAE or CPE score of 176 (with no individual score of less than 169).

International Baccalaureate Diploma/Certificate

Grade 4 or above in either A1 or A2 level at Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL), or Grade 5 in English B (HL).

Grade 4 or above in either A1 or A2 level at Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL), or Grade 5 or above in English B (HL). 

Grade 4 or above in either A1 or A2 level at Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL), or Grade 5 or above in English B (HL).

Germany - DAAD 

Minimum grade of B2 in English.

Minimum grade of B2 in English.

Minimum grade of C1 in English.

Or Abitur

English results on Higher School Certificate with a grade no lower than 4. English results on Higher School Certificate with a grade no lower than 4. English results on Higher School Certificate with a grade no lower than 3.

Austria - Matura

Minimum grade of 4 for English on Secondary Education Certificate.

Minimum grade of 4 for English on Secondary Education Certificate.

Minimum grade of 4 for English on Secondary Education Certificate.

Sweden - Upper Secondary School

A grade of C/D in final year English.

A grade of C/D in final year English.

A grade of A/B in final year English.

Norway - Upper Secondary School

A grade of 3 or better (ng tf) in final year English.

A grade of 4 (tf) or better in English.

A grade of 4 (tf) or better in English.

Denmark - Upper Secondary School 2007 onwards

A minimum grade of 7 in English.

A minimum grade of 7 in English.

A grade of 9 or better in English.

Finland - High School

A grade of 7 or better in English.

A grade of 8 or better in English.

A grade of 8 or better in English.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)

Pass in English at E or better.

Pass in English at grade of D or better.

Pass in English at grade of D or better.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)

Pass in English at grade of D or better.

Pass in English at grade of C or better.

Pass in English at grade of C or better.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Foundation Programs Level 2 in English; Diploma Programs Level 3 in English.

Level 3 in English or better.

Pass in English at Grade 5 or better.

Malaysia - SPM 

 

Minimum grade of 8 in English.

Minimum grade of C6 in English. 

- STPM

  Minimum grade of 8 in English. Minimum grade of 8 in English.

- Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate

  Grade of B5 in English. Minimum grade of B5 in English.

GCSE or IGCSE

A grade of C or better in English - First Language or English - Second Language.

A grade of C or better in English - First Language or English - Second Language.

A grade of B or better in English - First Language or English - Second Language.

GCE A Level studies

A grade of D or better in GCE A-level English.

A grade of D or better in GCE A-level English.

A grade of C or better in GCE A-level English.

At least two years full-time secondary study where the medium of instruction was English#

Successful completion.

Successful completion.

Successful completion.

At least one year full-time University level study where the medium of instruction was English#

Successful completion.

Successful completion.

Successful completion.

At least two years full-time post-secondary study where the medium of instruction was English#

Successful completion.

Successful completion.

Successful completion.

If your first language is English, or your permanent residence is in a country where English is the official language, and you completed your secondary education or an approved undergraduate degree via the medium of English#

Successful completion within the last ten years.

Successful completion within the last ten years.

Successful completion within the last ten years.

Successful completion of Year 12 secondary schooling in Australia

Minimum of 1 school year to be completed in Australia within the last 2 years. Minimum of 1 school year to be completed in Australia within the last 2 years. Minimum of 1 school year to be completed in Australia within the last 2 years.

Successful completion of an Australian qualification recognised as at least AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework) Certificate IV (Taught in English)

Minimum period of study of 1 academic year completed within the last 2 years. Minimum period of study of 1 academic year completed within the last 2 years. Minimum period of study of 1 academic year completed within the last 2 years.

***English language studies will be CQUniversity-approved if they satisfy the conditions of:

  • NEAS accreditation and
  • CRICOS registered provider and course, and
  • Required an entry test (Academic IELTS or TOEFL). Calculation of the equivalence of outcome will be based on incremental improvement of 0.5 Academic IELTS for each 10 week course of language study (e.g. entry with Academic IELTS of 5.0 followed by 10 weeks study will be equivalent to an outcome of Academic IELTS 5.5).

#Medium of Instruction for English is assessed against the Country Education Profiles on Australian Education International (AEI). English Instruction will only be accepted if Australian Education International (AEI) states that English is the language of instruction relevant to the country, education level or Institution. In these instances however, CQUniversity reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency.

You will be required to provide certified documentation to verify any of the above circumstances, including the entry testing for English language studies. If you are unable to meet the above criteria, you can study an English language course at one of our CQUEnglish Language Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne, Rockhampton and Sydney.

Prior English language studies

If you have completed an English language course with one of CQUniversity's approved Recognised English Entry Providers (REEP) you may not need to sit for an English test.

Variations Listing for International Students

Please note the following programs are available to international students and have variations to Standard English language requirements.

Programs

English              requirements

CG01 – Diploma of Business Studies

Minimum academic IELTS score of 6 with no individual score of less than 5.5.

CC14 – Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

CC12 – Bachelor of Education (Primary)

CC13 – Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

The English language requirements for registration as a teacher are:
An IELTS (Academic) assessment with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing – with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening.

CQ23 – Bachelor of Nursing

CH78 – Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)

Minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5 across all bands and overall.

CG95 – Bachelor of Paramedic Science

Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 across all band scores.

CB18 – Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no individual band score of less than 8.0 in Speaking and Listening and 7.0 in Reading and Writing or an Occupational English Test (OET) result of A or B.

CC31 – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

CG21 – Bachelor of Engineering Technology

CV82 – Master of Engineering

Minimum academic IELTS score of 6.0 across all bands and overall.

CC32 – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Diploma of Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering)

Minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual band score of less than 6.0.

CV09 – Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no score less than 8 in Speaking and Listening and no score less than 7 in Reading and Writing.

CB77 – Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic)

Minimum academic IELTS of 6.5 across all bands and overall.

CB85 – Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

CB84 – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Minimum academic IELTS of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0 or an Occupational English Test (OET) result of A or B.

CQ26 – Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety

CV83 - Master of Medical Ultrasound
Minimum academic IELTS of 7.0 across all bands and overall.

CC58 – Master of Business Administration

Minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual band score of less than 6.0.