UOW English Language Requirements
All students are required to meet the UOW English language requirement for their course.
Results in major international tests are accepted, including IELTS, TOEFL, Pearsons and Cambridge.
A guide to the length of English course you may need to study is provided below.
To see the IELTS or TOEFL score required for entry to each bachelor, master or doctoral course, find the entry for your course on Course Finder and select the International Students tab. Students applying for a study abroad, exchange or a visiting research practicum program should check under the application criteria for these programs.
If you are using Pearsons or Cambridge tests, use the equivalence to IELTS tables to determine the required score.
Requirements may also be met in some cases if you have previous study in English.
HOW long do I need to study english?
|Score at time of application||Estimated time required to reach entry score (weeks)|
|Level||IELTS||TOEFL (paper/internet)||IELTS 5.0||IELTS 5.5||IELTS 6.0||IELTS 6.5||IELTS 7.0|
|Advanced||6.5||575 / 88||12|
|6.0||550 / 79||6 *||12||18|
|5.5||525 / 70||6 #||12||18||24|
|Intermediate||5.0||500 / 61||12||18||24||30|
|4.5||475 / 52||12||18||24||30||36|
|Lower intermediate||4.0||450 / 45||18||24||30||36||42|
|3.5||425 / 38||24||30||36||42||48|
|Elementary||3.0||375 / 24||30||36||42||48||48+|
# for students with 5.5 overall, but less than 5.0 in reading or writing
* for students with 6.0 overall, but 5.5 in either reading or writing
For entry into English for Tertiary Studies or English for Business, you must have the required IELTS or equivalent test result. If you do not have an IELTS or equivalent, you can be offered English for Academic Purposes with a minimum duration of 24 weeks.
OTHER ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENTS
The following Cambridge ESOL Examinations are acceptable:
CAE - Cambridge English: Advanced (also known as Certificate in Advanced English)
- For IELTS 7.0 - Score of 67
- For IELTS 6.5 - Score of 58
- For IELTS 6.0 - Score of 52
- For IELTS 5.5 - Score of 47
- For IELTS 5.0 - Score of 41
CPE - Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- For IELTS 7.0 - Score of 51
- For IELTS 6.0 or 6.5 - Score of 45
PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH
The following will be acceptable on the PTE Academic:
|Overall Score||Minimum Communicative Skill Scores||IELTS Equivalent|
|42||Reading & Writing 42, Speaking & Listening 36||5.0|
|49||All areas 43||5.5|
|57||Reading & Writing 57, Speaking and Listening 50||6.0|
|64||All areas 59||6.5|
|72||Reading & Writing 72, Speaking & Listening 65||7.0|
PREVIOUS STUDY IN ENGLISH
Applicants may meet the English language requirement based on successful study in English medium in Australia or offshore.
Study in Australia or Australian Qualifications Offshore
Successful completion of the following qualifications are acceptable as meeting the University's English language requirement:
- Year 12 in Australia, or any Australian Year 12 qualification completed offshore;
- Foundation Studies, Certificate IV or Diploma with a minimum duration of one year (full-time) completed in Australia; or any of these qualifications completed at an Australian institution offshore;
- At least one year (full-time) of study toward a Bachelor or Masters degree in Australia, or at an Australian institution offshore.
Other Qualifications Completed in English
Applicants may be considered as meeting the English language requirements if successfully completing two (2) years of secondary or tertiary study at an approved institution where:
- the language of instruction was English; and
- the institution is located in a country where the official language is English.
The following citizenships may be considered for an English language waiver under the above guideline: Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, UK, USA.
Academic transcripts and an official letter from the institution certifying that English was the sole language of instruction and assessment must be provided. Previous study in English is considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically meet UOW's English language requirement.