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Policy: English language admission requirements for students

Purpose

To establish the minimum English language requirements for admission to the University.

Overview

This document contains the requirements based on citizenship status, prior study, and English language tests. It also indicates requirements for conditional offers, package offers, and waivers.

Scope

This Policy applies across the University.

Policy Statement

  1. This policy should be read in conjunction with the relevant legislation and academic eligibility requirements of ANU and applies to all programs.
  2. University Rules relating to English language requirements can also be located at:
  1. All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any ANU program or course delivered either in Australia or overseas must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission.
  2. The most recent evidence will be used as proof of English language proficiency.
  3. The University reserves the right to make any offer conditional on meeting English language requirements if subsequent evidence is provided that demonstrates that the applicant's English language ability is insufficient.
  4. The University reserves the right to request that an applicant undergoes an English test in addition to any other evidence of English proficiency provided. Applicants may be deemed to have satisfied the University's English language requirements if they can provide evidence that they meet one of the following principles:

Citizenship status

  1. Citizens of the following countries who have undertaken secondary and/or tertiary study in English in the national education system (or equivalent) and/or at a recognised, local university in any of the Group A countries listed below:
  • Australia
  • Botswana
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
  • United States of America
  • Samoa
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  1. These countries are determined by the ANU Coursework Admissions and Awards Committee.

Prior study

  1. Applicants to graduate programs with successful completion of 2 years full time or equivalent within the last 4 years in the medium of English where:
  1. Study is undertaken in the national education system (or equivalent) and/or at a recognised, local university in one of the Group A countries listed under point 7. OR
  2. Where documentary evidence is presented confirming that assessment and examination was solely in English. Acceptable documentary evidence is outlined in point 12 below.
  1. Time limits do not apply where the applicant has successfully completed (see point 11) an academic qualification completely taught and examined in English with subsequent predominate residence in a group A country. Evidence regarding the academic qualification must be provided as stipulated in point 12. Evidence of residence in a Group A country as listed in point 7 must also be presented.
  2. Applicants to undergraduate programs may meet English language requirements by completion of an accepted Year 12 or equivalent qualification with required achievement levels. Required results and acceptable academic qualifications are listed in Table 4.
  3. Successful completion is considered to be no less than 50 per cent of attempted courses in any semester in the assessable period (2 years full-time equivalent in the last 4).
  4. Acceptable documentary evidence to prove prior study in English is a statement or certificate of confirmation, issued by the Registrar's Office (or equivalent) of the institution.
  5. The statement or certificate must be on headed paper, and must be an original. Information included must be: Student Name, Degree Name and statement that the degree program was solely conducted and examined in English.
  6. International applicants completing the ACT Year 12 Certificate from 2012 onwards will be required to achieve a result of at least 170 in English as a Second Language T major or any pass result in an English T major.

English Language Tests

  1. Successful performance in a single acceptable English language test taken within two years from the date of application will meet English language requirements.
  2. Results from multiple tests cannot be combined to meet requirements.
  3. ANU recognises a number of English language tests as meeting the University's English language requirements. Accepted English language tests, together with their minimum results needed for admission are represented in Table 1.

Table 1: Accepted English Language Tests

Test

Diploma programs taught at ANU College

Regular Degree Programs

(Including Exchange & Study Abroad)

Australian National Internships Program, Medicine program, undergraduate Law, JD and Legal Workshop programs

Graduate Law programs (except JD and Legal Workshop programs)

Academic IELTS

An overall score of 6 with 5.5 in each component

An overall score of 6.5 with at

least 6 in each component of the test

An overall score of 7 with at least 6 in each component

An overall score of 7 with at least 7 in writing and at least 6 each other component

TOEFL** -

paper based test

A score of 550 with
TWE* score of 4

A score of 570 with

TWE* score of 4.5

A score of 600 with

TWE* score of 5.0

A score or 650 with a TWE of 5.0

TOEFL** - internet based test

A score of 68, with a minimum of 18 in Writing

A score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening

A score of 100, with a minimum of 22 in all four sections

A score of 110, with a minimum of 26 in writing and at least 22 in all other sections

Cambridge CAE Advanced (Post 2015)

169 overall with at least 162 in all sub skills.

176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills.

185 overall with a least 169 in all sub skills.

185 overall with at least 185 in writing and 169 in the remaining sub skills.

Cambridge CAE Advanced (Pre 2015)

52 overall with all sub skills at borderline or higher.

58 overall with all sub skills at borderline or higher.

67 overall with all sub skills at borderline or higher.

67 overall with a rank of good in writing and borderline in the remaining sub skills.

PTE Academic

Overall 57, minimum score of 50 in each section

Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section

Overall 70, minimum score of 60 in each section

Overall 70 min score of 60 in each section and at least 70 in writing

* TWE = Test of Written English.

** Applicants may use the ANU institutional code 0506 for faster processing of results.

  1. Students on development assistance scholarships such as AusAID, The Asian Development Bank or The World Bank enrolling in the Crawford School of Public Policy are required to meet standard English entry levels from 2015.

Package offers

  1. International applicants require a minimum score to gain entry into the ANU College Foundation Studies Program as detailed in Table 2.
  2. Applicants completing ANU College foundation studies with the required academic grade will meet the English Language Admission requirements for the ANU program they are admitted to.

Table 2: English Language Requirements for Foundation Studies

Test

ANU College Foundation Studies Standard (2 semesters)

ANU College Foundation Studies Extended (3 semesters)

Academic IELTS

An overall score of 6.0 (minimum 5.5 across all bands)

An overall score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 across all bands)

TOEFL** paper based test

A score of 550 (minimum 4.0 in all subsections)

A score of 525 (minimum 3.5 in all subsections)

TOEFL** internet based test

A score of 68 (minimum 18 in writing)

A score of 52 (minimum 16in writing)

Cambridge CAE Advanced

52

47

PTE Academic

57 (min 50)

49 (min 48)

  1. International applicants require a minimum score to gain entry into the ANU Access English Program as detailed in Table 3.
  2. ANU Access English will not be accepted for the purposes of meeting English Language admission requirements for ANU programs with an Academic IELTS overall score of more than 6.5 (or equivalent).

Table 3: ANU Access English Program (Not accepted by Medicine)

English Test

Regular Degree Programs

(Including Exchange & Study Abroad)

Australian National Internships Program, undergraduate Law, JD and Legal Workshop programs

Graduate Law programs (except JD and Legal Workshop programs)

Academic IELTS

An overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each band

Not accepted

Not accepted

TOEFL paper based test

A score of 550 with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0

Not accepted

Not accepted

TOEFL internet based test

A score of 68 with a minimum of 18 in writing

Not accepted

Not accepted

Cambridge CAE Advanced

52

Not accepted

Not accepted

PTE Academic

57 (min 50)

Not accepted

Not accepted

  1. A packaged offer may be given if applicants have the academic qualifications required for entry but whose results do not meet the English language requirements. The applicant must be completing a program of a least 10 weeks duration at ANU College.
  2. The package offer is valid for ANU College only and is subject to acceptance by ANU College. A package offer enables applicants to apply for a student visa for the duration of both the English language program and the ANU studies. For further information see http://www.anucollege.edu.au/
  3. Subject to clause 23, applicants completing the ANU Access English Program with a result of 60 per cent, where the Access English Program was taken within two years of the date of application, will meet the English Language Admission Requirements of the University.

Conditional Offers

  1. Applicants who provide English test results that fail to meet the minimum standard required by the University, or who fail to provide any evidence of English language proficiency but meet the academic requirements of the program may be issued with a Conditional Offer of admission. This means that the applicant is not permitted to enrol in the program of study and will have their English language proficiency reassessed once evidence of proficiency has been provided by the applicant.
  2. A full offer of admission will be issued only when English language proficiency requirements have been met.

English Language Equivalency

  1. There are no waivers of the application of this policy.
  2. All applicants must meet the English Language requirements of the University as outlined in this policy or, in rare cases, by the relevant ANU College establishing equivalency on behalf of the applicant.
  3. The procedures for establishing a Case for English Language Equivalency are detailed on the form at https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_006802.

Secondary Qualifications that meet the University’s English Language Requirement for Undergraduate Admission

In addition to the English Tests and prior study outlined above, the ANU also accepts a number of academic qualifications as meeting the English language requirement for admission to undergraduate programs. These qualifications and results required, are listed in Table 4 and must have been completed no more than two years prior to the date of application.

Table 4: Secondary Qualifications that meet the University’s English Language Requirements

Qualification

Minimum requirement - except Bachelor of Laws

Minimum requirement – Bachelor of Laws

Australian Year 12

ACT result of at least 170 in ESL T major or a pass result in an English T Major.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – raw unscaled score of at least 30 in English as an Alternative Language (EAL) or English as a Second Language (ESL); or 25 in units 3 and 4 in any other VCE English subject.

ANU College Foundation Studies

At least 65% in Advanced Academic English

At least 85% in Advanced Academic English

ANU Access Program

A score over 60%

French Baccalaureate

Students seeking admission to undergraduate programs on the basis of performance in the French Baccalaureate undertaken at Narrabundah College will be considered to have met the University's English language requirements if they have achieved a pass in a semester-length T-course in English, accredited by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. Students not meeting this or undertaking the French Baccalaureate anywhere else will be required to meet the ANU's normal English Language requirement.

GCE & Singapore A-level NOTE: Sri Lankan GCE A & O level applicants MUST present an IELTS result or a TOEFL test result (including TWE)

Where the medium of instruction and examination is English, a minimum C pass result in a Humanities-based subject or a pass result in General Studies/General

A minimum of B in English, a Humanities-based subject or a minimum of B in the General Paper.

GCE O level & further completed study

Where the student has studied continuously after achieving a GCE ‘O' level pass in English, with a grade of A, B or C, and has gone on to successfully complete a qualification that meets the ANU's academic requirements where the medium of instruction is exclusively in English

Not accepted

HKDSE

Mark of 4 or better in English Core

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

A grade of C or better

Not accepted

International Baccalaureate

Presentation of an IB Diploma to meet minimum academic admission requirements where the language of instruction is English OR as part of the diploma, either English A1 or A2 at HL or SL is undertaken.

Only where the IB is in English

All India Senior School Certificate (AISSC)

A grade of C or better in English

Not accepted

Indian School Certificate (ISC)

A grade of 7 or less in English

Not accepted

Tamil Nadu Higher School Certificate

A result in English of at least 120/200

Not accepted

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)

A grade of C or better in the STPM 914 English Language or 920 English Literature examinations.

Not accepted

Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examinations (MICSS)/UEC

A grade of A2 or better in English

Not accepted

English 1119 (predominantly Malaysian Students)

Moderated O level score and further completed study

A mark of A1 to B4, and has gone on to complete a qualification successfully meeting the University's minimum entry requirements (such as a Polytechnic diploma)

This qualification may appear as "Bahasa Inggeris" on a school transcript.

The medium of instruction must be entirely in English

Not accepted

Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School Examinations

Grade of 4 or better in English at both level 1 and level 2 in Upper Secondary

Not accepted

Swedish Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Grade of 4 or better (VG) in English in Senior School Studies

Not accepted

Danish Studentereksamen

Grade of 9 or better at level B Senior High School English

Not accepted

Finnish Lukion paastotodistus

at least 8 or better in English or English A in the final year of secondary school

Not accepted

Dutch Voorbereidend Wetenschappellijk Onderwijs (VWO) (Upper secondary school certificate) specifying

a grade of 8 or better in final year English

Not accepted

German Abitur

a grade of 3 (or ‘Satisfactory’) or better in English

Not accepted

Austrian Matura

a grade of satisfactory (befriedigend) or better in English

Not accepted

Foundation Programs from the following institutions:

The Admissions Standards Committee has approved a proposal to set a 65% Academic English requirement on all Foundation Studies programs currently approved for admission (in lieu of IELTS)

Not generally accepted; determination on a case by case basis.

U Adelaide (Bradford College)

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

U Queensland

Monash U

Northern Consortium (IFY)

RMIT

U Auckland

U Newcastle

U New South Wales

U South Pacific

U Sydney

U Western Sydney

Trinity College (U Melbourne)

U Wollongong

Western Australian Universities FSP

U Tasmania

Study Abroad and Exchange Applicants

  1. Study abroad or exchange students can fulfil the University's English language entry requirements through the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages System (CEFR) by achieving a certificate of English language proficiency from their home institution with an overall grade of C1 (“Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced” according to the Common European Framework) with no less than C1 in each of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Study abroad or exchange applicants to the ANU College of Law must have an overall score of C2 with no less than C2 in each of reading and writing and no less than C1 in speaking and listening.

DIBP Requirements

  1. International applicants must satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) English language requirements for visa applications in addition to University’s requirements.

Information

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Title English language admission requirements for students
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_000408
Version 24
Purpose To establish the minimum English language requirements for admission to the University.
Audience Students, Prospective Students
Category Academic
Topic/ SubTopic Students
 
Effective Date 7 Apr 2016
Review Date 1 May 2017
 
Responsible Officer Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions
Approved By: Vice-Chancellor
Contact Area Division of Student Recruitment and Admissions
Authority Australian National University Act 1991
Coursework Awards Rule 2016 (No. 2)
Research Awards Rule 2016
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 - National Code 2007