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English Proficiency Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

All students applying to study must prove they have sufficient English proficiency to study in Australia.

Please note: these correct, updated requirements have not yet been incorporated into ICAE’s International Student Admissions Policy. When they are the policy document will prevail over this page. All students applying to study must prove they have sufficient English proficiency to study in Australia.

ICAE’s English Requirements

To meet ICAE’s English proficiency requirements and gain direct admission to ICAE, students must meet ONE of the following requirements:

1. Complete any one of the following English proficiency exams to the level specified:

English Language Provider Test
Minimum Test Overall Band Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based test (TOEFL iBT)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English)
Occupational English Test (OET)
(An A or B is considered a pass) ​


2. If you fall into the following categories, you are exempted from providing evidence of English language proficiency requirement:

Citizens and passport holders of one of the following English‑speaking countries:
United Kingdom
New Zealand
Republic of Ireland

Students enrolled in full-time school studies as a principal course, including secondary exchange programmes; postgraduate research courses; standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS); and Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored students

Students who have completed at least five years’ study in one or more of the following countries:
United Kingdom
Republic of ireland

Students who have successfully completed in Australia in the English language either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or studies at the Certificate IV or higher level, in the two years before applying for the student visa.

3. For all other countries, you will be scheduled to complete a Phone English assessment interview with an ICAE staff member and be assessed as having suitable English capacity to study the chosen course.

Please view the requirements on the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) department English requirements page.