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English requirements for admission

English language proficiency requirements for admission

There are three categories in which applicants may demonstrate English language proficiency to a level that meets admission requirements, detailed below. Further information on the English language proficiency requirements is available in the HDR Admissions Policy.

Category One

The University accepts Academic IELTS, TOEFL-iBT, PTE Academic and CAE: A1 Advanced testing instruments as appropriate to the level of academic English proficiency required for HDR courses.

Minimum test scores for admission to HDR courses

IELTS Academic


PTE AcademicCAE: C1
General minimum entry requirement

Overall ≥ 6.5

Each band ≥ 6.0

Overall ≥ 79

Each band ≥ 16         

Overall ≥ 58

Each band ≥ 50

Overall ≥ 176

Each band ≥ 169

PhD Clinical Psychology Overall ≥  7.0          Overall ≥ 94 Overall ≥ 65 Overall ≥ 185
Temporary allowances due to COVID-19 restrictions

UC will enable the following English proficiency test arrangements until 31 January 2021.

  • IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition

Category Two

Applicants may be deemed to meet English language requirements:

If they were born in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa (American, Independent State), Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia or Zimbabwe and

  1. have at least one tertiary qualification from one of the countries or territories listed above; and
  2. the language of instruction and assessment of the qualification was English.

Category Three

Applicants may be deemed to meet English language requirements if they:

  1. have completed two years (full time equivalent) study at Bachelor level in one of the countries listed in Category Two, where the language of instruction and assessment was English; or
  2. have completed a postgraduate qualification equivalent to an Australian Master degree in one of the countries listed in Category Two, where the language of instruction and assessment was English.

English language pathway programs

Applicants who have provided an English language proficiency test that does not meet the minimum standards required may be made an offer of admission conditional on English, or a packaged offer that includes admission to an Academic English course taught by University of Canberra College.