English language requirements

Providing evidence of English proficiency

If you are a domestic student, the qualifications listed below are acceptable as proof of English proficiency. Your application needs to show evidence of use of English in a particular type of academic setting for you to be exempt from sitting an English test. If your qualifications do not meet the University's requirements you will need to pass an English language test.

The information below explains which tests are acceptable and what minimum results are required. Further information about where to sit an English test can be found in Table 5 of the UAC Guide. The information on this page is intended as a guide only.

Australian academic qualifications

The following qualifications are accepted as proof of English language proficiency:

  • the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (or an equivalent interstate senior secondary qualification)
  • one or more full-time years of study in a bachelor’s degree or higher level qualification
  • a completed AQF diploma or advanced diploma
  • one or more full-time years of study in a recognised associate diploma or higher level qualification
  • a preparation course approved by the University for mature-age entry.

Qualifications which are not accepted include the TAFE Certificate in English for Academic Purposes and Year 10 qualifications from NSW and other states.

Academic qualifications from overseas

The following types of academic qualifications from overseas may be accepted as proof of English language proficiency:

  • a senior secondary qualification normally accepted by the University for admission
  • one or more full-time years in a bachelor’s degree or higher level qualification.

These qualifications must have been taught in English and been undertaken in one of the following countries: American Samoa, Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America or Zambia.

In addition to the qualifications described above, the following will also be accepted:

  • GCE A Level subjects: a result of C or better in English or a humanities subject (from the United Kingdom or Singapore)
  • GCE O Level/GCSE subjects: a result of B or better in English (from the United Kingdom or Singapore)
  • Hong Kong A Level subjects: a result of B or better in Use of English
  • STPM subjects: a B or better result in English 914 or a D or better result in English 920
  • Completion of the Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English with a Pass of B grade or better.

English language tests

If you are not able to demonstrate your proficiency in English by presenting an acceptable qualification, you can do so by sitting and passing an English test. The following tests and minimum results are acceptable for entry into most undergraduate courses:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each subtest in the academic version of the test. (Note that only the academic versions of the IELTS test are acceptable, not the general versions.)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 577 in the paper-based test and 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE); 90 in the internet-based test with 23 in the writing section and 22 in the other sections.

Please note that certain courses have higher requirements. Check the requirements in Find a Course.