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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 courses. There are a number of ways to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Click below for more information.

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 an academic course upon successful completion of the required English language course.

CQUniversity recognises a number of English tests, which can be taken to meet our English language proficiency requirements. The following are the minimum scores required for most of our courses. Some courses require higher scores. Please refer to the Variations Listing for the list of courses and the respective scores required.

Your English test results are valid if no more than two years have 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.

International English Language Testing System

(IELTS Academic)

Certificate or Diploma*: 5.5 (with no individual band score of less than 5.0).
Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework (Exceptions apply**): 6.0 (with no individual band score of less than 5.5).
Study abroad / Exchange: 6.0 (with no individual band score of less than 5.5).
Postgraduate Research: 6.5 (with no individual band score less than 6.0).

Test of English as a Foreign Language

(TOEFL Internet-based)

Certificate or Diploma*: Overall score of 65 with no score less than 15.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework (Exceptions apply**): Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17.
Study abroad / Exchange: Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17.
Postgraduate Research: Overall score of 79 with no score less than 21.

Test of English as a Foreign Language

(TOEFL iPT)

Certificate or Diploma*: Not applicable
Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework (Exceptions apply**): Not applicable
Study abroad / Exchange: Level 1 score of 54-63.
Postgraduate Research: Not applicable

Pearson Test of English Academic

(PTE Academic)

Certificate or Diploma*: Overall score of 46 with no score less than 42.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework (Exceptions apply**): Overall score of 54 with no score less than 46.
Study abroad / Exchange: Overall score of 54 with no score less than 46.
Postgraduate Research: Overall score of 62 with no score less than 54.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) / Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Certificate or Diploma*: Overall test score of 162 (with no individual band score of less than 154).
Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework (Exceptions apply**): Overall test score of 169 (with no individual band score of less than 154).
Study abroad / Exchange: Overall test score of 169 (with no individual band score of less than 154).
Postgraduate Research: 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 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.

Note:

For courses at IELTS 6.0 with no band below 6.0:

  • PTE Academic overall score of 54 with no score less than 54
  • TOEFL Internet-based overall score of 75 with no score less than 21.

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.

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

Certificate or Diploma*: Successful completion with a special entry-level requirement as outlined on the REEP Listing.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Successful completion with a special entry-level requirement as outlined on the REEP Listing.

Tertiary Studies Foundation Program

(minimum of 1 year of study)

Certificate or Diploma*: Successful completion.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Successful completion. Listing.

International Second Language Proficiency Rating

(ISLPR® (IIAA accredited))

Certificate or Diploma*: 3 in all four skill areas.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: 3 in all four skill areas.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) / Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) / Cambridge English: First (FCE)

Certificate or Diploma*: Overall FCE or CAE score of 162 (with no individual band score of less than 154).
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Overall FCE or CAE score of 169 (with no individual band score of less than 162). Listing.
Postgraduate Research: Overall CAE or CPE score of 176 (with no individual score of less than 169).

International Baccalaureate Diploma/Certificate

Certificate or Diploma*: 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).
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: 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).
Postgraduate Research: 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

Certificate or Diploma*: Minimum grade of B2 in English.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Minimum grade of B2 in English.
Postgraduate Research: Minimum grade of C1 in English.

Germany – Abitur

Certificate or Diploma*: English results on Higher School Certificate with a grade no lower than 4.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: English results on Higher School Certificate with a grade no lower than 4.
Postgraduate Research: English results on Higher School Certificate with a grade no lower than 3.

Austria – Matura

Certificate or Diploma*: Minimum grade of 4 for English on Secondary Education Certificate.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Minimum grade of 4 for English on Secondary Education Certificate.
Postgraduate Research: Minimum grade of 4 for English on Secondary Education Certificate.

Sweden – Upper Secondary School

Certificate or Diploma*: A grade of C/D in final year English.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: A grade of C/D in final year English.
Postgraduate Research: A grade of A/B in final year English.

Norway – Upper Secondary School

Certificate or Diploma*: A grade of 3 or better (ng tf) in final year English.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: A grade of 4 (tf) or better in English.
Postgraduate Research: A grade of 4 (tf) or better in English.

Denmark – Upper Secondary School 2007 onwards

Certificate or Diploma*: A minimum grade of 7 in English.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: A minimum grade of 7 in English.
Postgraduate Research: A grade of 9 or better in English.

Finland – High School

Certificate or Diploma*: A grade of 7 or better in English.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: A grade of 8 or better in English.
Postgraduate Research: A grade of 8 or better in English.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)

Certificate or Diploma*: Pass in English at E or better.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Pass in English at grade of D or better.
Postgraduate Research: Pass in English at grade of D or better.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)

Certificate or Diploma*: Pass in English at grade of D or better.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Pass in English at grade of C or better.
Postgraduate Research: Pass in English at grade of C or better.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Certificate or Diploma*: Foundation Programs Level 2 in English; Diploma Programs Level 3 in English.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Level 3 in English or better.
Postgraduate Research: Pass in English at Grade 5 or better.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Certificate or Diploma*: Foundation Programs Level 2 in English; Diploma Programs Level 3 in English.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Level 3 in English or better.
Postgraduate Research: Pass in English at Grade 5 or better.

Malaysia – SPM

Certificate or Diploma*:
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Minimum grade of 8 in English.
Postgraduate Research: Minimum grade of C6 in English.

Malaysia – STPM

Certificate or Diploma*:
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Minimum grade of 8 in English.
Postgraduate Research: Minimum grade of 8 in English.

Malaysia – Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate

Certificate or Diploma*:
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Grade of B5 in English.
Postgraduate Research: Minimum grade of B5 in English.

GCSE or IGCSE

Certificate or Diploma*: A grade of C or better in English – First Language or English – Second Language.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: A grade of C or better in English – First Language or English – Second Language.
Postgraduate Research: A grade of B or better in English – First Language or English – Second Language.

GCSE or IGCSE

Certificate or Diploma*: A grade of C or better in English – First Language or English – Second Language.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: A grade of C or better in English – First Language or English – Second Language.
Postgraduate Research: A grade of B or better in English – First Language or English – Second Language.

GCE A Level studies

Certificate or Diploma*: A grade of D or better in GCE A-level English.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: A grade of D or better in GCE A-level English.
Postgraduate Research: A grade of D or better in GCE A-level English.

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

Certificate or Diploma*: Successful completion.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Successful completion.
Postgraduate Research: Successful completion.

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

Certificate or Diploma*: Successful completion.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Successful completion.
Postgraduate Research: Successful completion.

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

Certificate or Diploma*: Successful completion.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Successful completion.
Postgraduate Research: Successful completion.

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

Certificate or Diploma*: Successful completion.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Successful completion.
Postgraduate Research: 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#

Certificate or Diploma*: Successful completion within the last ten years.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Successful completion within the last ten years.
Postgraduate Research: Successful completion within the last ten years.

Successful completion of Year 12 secondary schooling in Australia

Certificate or Diploma*: Minimum of 1 school year to be completed in Australia within the last 2 years.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Minimum of 1 school year to be completed in Australia within the last 2 years.
Postgraduate Research: 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)

Certificate or Diploma*: Minimum period of study of 1 academic year completed within the last 2 years.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework or Study Abroad**: Minimum period of study of 1 academic year completed within the last 2 years.
Postgraduate Research: Minimum period of study of 1 academic year completed within the last 2 years.

* Students are required to undertake further communications and language study as part of their degree.
**There are a number of courses for which different requirements have been separately approved by the Academic Board. For more information on these requirements see the Variation Listings for International Students below.
***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 or Sydney.

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.

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

Business and Accounting

Creative, Performing and Visual Arts

Education and Teaching

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.

Engineering and Aviation

Allied Health

Nursing, Paramedicine and Health

  • CQ23 – Bachelor of Nursing – Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 across all bands; or Occupational English Test (OET) result with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking); or PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills;
    or TOEFL IBT with a minimum total score of 94 with a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.

Research