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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 

             
Program Category

Category 1  
Undergraduate  DART - Diploma of Arts
Category 2
Professional Development

Professional Development Single Courses.

Undergraduate

All undergraduate programs except those nominated in Categories 3 and 5.

Diploma programs except those nominated in Category 1. 

Postgraduate
(Coursework)

MCTN - Master of Computer Technology
MISP - Master of Information Systems
MPAC - Master of Professional Accounting
MSCN - Master of Science (Applied Data Science)
GDTI - Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
GCSC - Graduate Certificate of Science

Category 3
Undergraduate

BNUR - Bachelor of Nursing
BMID - Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)
BPSC - Bachelor of Paramedicine
LLBP - Bachelor of Laws
LLBH - Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
BPSB – Bachelor Psychology in Business.

Postgraduate
(Coursework)
All postgraduate coursework programs except those nominated in Categories 2, 4 and 5.

All Masters programs by research
All Doctoral programs.

Postgraduate
(Research)

Category 4
Postgraduate
(Coursework)
MPPS - Master of Professional Psychology
MPCL - Master of Psychology (Clinical).
Category 5
Undergraduate BEDU - Bachelor of Education
BECH – Bachelor of Early Childhood.
Postgraduate
(Coursework)
GDTL - Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching
GDTO – Graduate Diploma of Teaching
MOLT – Master of Learning & Teaching.

*Double degree programs will have the highest Category level applied for admission purposes.

English Language Proficiency Approved Tests and Test Scores

Approved Test 1,2 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 CPE3 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.

*USQ English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program completion requirements for articulation to USQ Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programs.

IELTS 6.0

To successfully pass the EAP program and be recommended for entry into Category 1 and Category 2 Undergraduate and Postgraduate coursework degree programs at USQ, students must pass all courses in the EAP program.

 

IELTS 6.5

Students entering Category 3 programs, must achieve the following results:

BNUR - Bachelor of Nursing  'B' Grades across all EAPII courses.
Postgraduate coursework awards
in Category 3
 'B' Grades across all EAPII courses.
LLBP - Bachelor of Laws  and 
LLBH - Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

 'A' Grades in EAP7320 and EAP7340 and 'B' Grades in all other EAPII courses.

All Masters programs by Research
and all Doctoral programs

 Students entering at the EAPI level, must have 'B' Grades in all EAPI courses
 and 'A' Grades in all EAPII Courses.

 Students entering at the EAPII level, must have 'A' Grades in all EAPII courses.

IELTS 7.0 / 7.5

Students cannot gain direct entry to Category 4 & 5 programs.  Entry may be undertaken through an alternative pathway such as Bachelor of General Studies or other recommended enrolment. 

 

* As per the 'Report to Education Committee' dated 18 June 2015.

English Language Proficiency Approved Qualifications and Employment

Approved qualification 

Category 1 
(equivalent to IELTS 5.5)

Category 2 
(equivalent to IELTS 6.0)
Category 3 
(equivalent to IELTS 6.5)
Category 4 
(equivalent to IELTS 7.0)
Category 5
(equivalent to IELTS 7.5+)
Tertiary Study4 (Diploma level or higher - AQF Level 5 or higher)
Successful completion5 of 1 years fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution where the language of instruction is English.  Successful completion of 1 years fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution where the language of instruction is English.

 Successful completion of 2 years fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution where the language of instruction is English .

Not accepted for entry into Bachelor of Nursing.

Successful completion6 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.
Successful completion of 2 years fulltime equivalent at a recognised Australian institutions or at an overseas institution where the language of instruction is English. Successful completion of 2 years fulltime equivalent at a recognised Australian institutions or at an overseas institution where the language of instruction is English.

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.

Post-Secondary Study  
(AQF Level 4 or below)
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.  
Approved English Foundation Program  As identified by English Language Proficiency Approved Qualifications and Employment.  Not accepted. 
Australian Employment Experience  4 years FTE ANZCO7 skill level 2 (or below).    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. 

1 English Language Tests must have been completed no longer than 2 years prior to date of application.
2 The most recent English language test score result or qualification will be used to determine entry into a program.
3 Cambridge English pre-2015 scale score converter.
4 All degree academic qualifications must have been completed within the last 10 years. For entry in to a postgraduate research program academic qualifications must have been completed within the last 5 years.
5 The term ‘successful completion’ is defined as at passing grade or higher. All Courses contributing to full time equivalent study must be at passing level or higher.
6 Where an applicant has successfully completed Masters level study in English 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.
7 ANZCO: 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).