Need of English language proficiency to study in Australian universities

By | December 28, 2018

Those exploring Australian study options need to take note of the fact that they will have to meet English language requirements to get student VISA. Sooner this reality sinks in, better it is. Following are the most relevant questions asked related to this issue.

  1. Is meeting English language requirements mandatory?
    Some students are exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency but majority need to furnish such evidence with visa application.
    Citizens of UK, US, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand are exempted.
    Those who have studied for five years in Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand or Ireland are also exempt.
    Students who have successfully completed SSC at certificate IV level or higher in Australia within 2 years of applying for student visa are also exempt.
    Defense or foreign affairs sponsored students are also exempt.
    Others will need to furnish evidence of English language proficiency.
  2.  Which English language tests are accepted in Australia for visa applications:
    TOEFL- Test of English as a foreign language.
    IELTS- International English Language Testing System.
    CAE- Cambridge English Advanced.
    PTE- Pearson test of English.
    OET- Occupational English Test.
  3. What’s Minimum required test score – English proficiency level varies according to level of study and institution desired, nationality etc. Minimum score for TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, PTE and OET is 46, 5.5, 162, 42 and Pass A or B respectively. These are minimum scores for student visa, for actual admission higher score may be needed. Minimum scores can vary considerably for different levels of study and institutions. If one plans to complete ELICOS course on arrival in Australia, then minimum scores required decreases.
  4. What’s Simplified Student Visa Framework. This framework was implemented in July 2016. It introduced a new immigration risk framework. This framework is bound to benefit students who are assessed at lowest immigration risk level as per their nationality and Australian education provider. Such students can get student visa by furnishing COE (Confirmation of enrolment). But this framework is not beneficial for students assessed at higher immigration risk level. They will still have to furnish proof of English language proficiency based on some approved test score.

English Language Requirements for ‘The University of Sydney’

Students require to furnish evidence of English proficiency, depending on nationality and academic background. English language skills tests accepted by University of Sydney are – IELTS, TOEFL PB, TOEFL iBT, PTE and CAE.

Need for English Language Requirements criteria

Sound understanding of English is absolutely necessary to cope with lectures, assignments, tutorials and exams. Level of English proficiency may vary, depending on course.

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