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English language requirements

You will need to meet the English Language Requirements for your chosen degree.

English Language Proficiency: Program Category 

 

Category                     Program 
Category 1   Undergraduate Diploma programs
Category 2

Professional development - single courses

Undergraduate - All undergraduate programs except Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Postgraduate - coursework programs specified below;

  • MISP Master of Information Systems
  • MPAC Master of Professional Accounting
  • MCTN Master of Computer Technology
  • GDTI Graduate Diploma of Information Technology.
Category 3 Undergraduate - Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Postgraduate coursework - All postgraduate coursework programs except those nominated in Categories 2, 4 and 5
Postgraduate research - All Masters programs by research and all Doctoral programs
Category 4 Postgraduate coursework - Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Category 5 Undergraduate - Bachelor of Education

Postgraduate coursework  - Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching, Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Master of Learning and Teaching

*Where double-degree programs have different requirements in English Language Proficiency, the program with the higher proficiency requirement will be required for admission to that double-degree program.

English Language Proficiency Approved Tests and Test Scores

Approved Test  Category 1  Category 2  Category 3  Category 4  Category 5 
IELTS (Academic only) 5.5 (or better), (no component lower than 5)
6.0 (or better), (no component lower than 5.5)
6.5 (or better), (no component lower than 6.0)
7.0 (or better), (no component lower than 7.0)
7.5 (or better), (no component lower than 7.0; no less than 8.0 in speaking and listening)
TOEFL (paper based) 525 (or better), (with a minimum Test of Written English Score of TWE 4.5)
550 (or better), (with a minimum Test of Written English Score of TWE 4.5)
570 (with a minimum Test of Written English Score of TWE 5)
600  (with a minimum Test of Written English Score of TWE 5)
625 (with a minimum Test of Written English Score of TWE 5)
TOEFL (electronic) 213 (or better), (with an essay rating of at least 4.5)
213 (or better), (with an essay rating of at least 4.5)
230 (with an essay rating of at least 5)
250, (with an essay rating of at least 5)
263 (with an essay rating of at least 5)
TOEFL (internet based) 70 (or better), (with 18 minimum in all bands)
80 (or better), (with 19 minimum in all bands)
90 (or better), (with 20 minimum in all bands)
95 (or better), (with 22 minimum in all bands)
102 (or better), (with 26 minimum in all bands)
Pearson (PTE Academic) 50 (or better), (with no communicative score less than 50)
50 (or better), (with no communicative score less than 50)
58 (or better), (with no communicative score less than 58)
65 (with no communicative score less than 65)
73 (with no communicative score less than 73)
Cambridge English Scale Scores for FCE, CAE and CPE Cambridge English: First (FCE) with a score of 162 or above. No less than 154 in each skill
Cambridge English: First (FCE) with a score of 169 or above. No less than 162 in each skill
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) with a score of 176 or above. No less than 169 in each skill Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) of Proficiency (CPE) with a score of 185 or above. No less than 185 in each skill

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) with a score of 191 or above. No less than 185 in each skill; no less than 200 in Speaking and Listening

English Language Proficiency Approved Qualifications and Employment

Approved qualification  Category 1  Category 2  Category 3  Category 4  Category 5 
Tertiary Study (Diploma level or higher)
Successful* completion of 1 year full time equivalent at a recognised Australian institution or at an overseas institution where the language of instruction is English**. Not accepted for entry into Bachelor of Nursing.
Successful* completion of 2 years fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution where the language of instruction is English**, ##, ### Successful* completion of 3 years fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution where the language of instruction is English**
##, ###
Post-Secondary Study   Successful* completion of 2 years fulltime equivalent at a recognised Australian institutions or at an overseas institution where the language of instruction is English**. Not accepted for entry in Bachelor of Nursing.  Not accepted Not accepted
Australian Secondary Schooling  Completion of a recognised Australian Year 12 including English 4 SA.  Not accepted Not accepted 
Overseas Secondary Schooling  Completion of an overseas secondary qualification including the English Language Standard level as detailed in English Language Proficiency Approved Tests and Test Scores.  Not accepted   Not accepted  
USQ English for Academic Purposes Program  EAPP II – Undergraduate, postgraduate course work programs: Overall pass in program and an ‘A’ grade (75% >) in two language courses   EAPP II - Postgraduate research and doctoral program: Overall pass in program and an ‘A’ grade (75% >) in two language courses* 

EAPP II - Postgraduate research and doctoral program: Overall pass in program and an ‘A’ grade (75% >) in two language courses*   Not accepted 

Language Courses required: EAPP7340 Academic English Skills and EAP7320 Communication Processes.

Approved English Foundation Program  As identified by English Language Proficiency Approved Qualifications and Employment.  Not accepted 
Verified employment  Category 1  Category 2  Category 3  Category 4  Category 5 
Australian Employment Experience  4 years FTE ANZCO^ skill level 2 (or below)   4 years FTE ANZCO^ skill level 2 (or below).
Not accepted for Bachelor of Nursing. 
5 years FTE ANZCO^ skill level 1  Not accepted 

#English Language Tests must have been completed within 2 years of the test date.

##All qualifications must have been completed within the last 10 years.

### Where an applicant has successfully completed Masters level study and does not meet the 2 or 3 year rule the Admissions Manager will assess the applicant’s chance of success as outlined in the Admissions Policy.

The most recent English language test or qualification will be used to determine entry into a program.

*Successful completion is at passing grade or higher. All Courses contributing to full time equivalent study must be at passing level or higher. 

**Qualification equivalency and language of instruction is determined using Australian Education International (AEI) Country Education Profiles (CEP) and other approved resources as detailed in Schedule A. 

^Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This table should be read in conjunction with the full list of ANZSCO Codes, Australian Bureau of Statistics First Edition 2006. A search facility of all Occupation Titles and their accompanying Skill Levels is available at the website of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (search the ABS website with text ‘Search ANZSCO Titles’ to access link).

English Language Proficiency Approved Tests and Test Scores is used to assess Countries and Secondary qualifications.

USQ’s Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) does not meet the English proficiency requirements. Students from a non-English Speaking Background who do not meet the English proficiency requirements should consider studying the English for Academic Purposes program (EAP) at USQ to obtain English Language Proficiency.