English Language Requirements

If you are applying to UNSW, you will need to meet our English language requirements. There are many ways that you can meet our English language requirements. Check below to see which one applies to you.


COVID-19 Alternative Arrangements

In response to COVID-19, which led to widespread disruption of English language testing, UNSW will:

  1. Accept English Language Test scores and prior studies in English (including High School) completed no more than three years before your intended start date. This will be accepted for 2022 intakes.
  2. Accept the following English language tests:
    • IELTS Indicator – Refer to “IELTS Academic in the English Language Test Scores” option below for minimum requirements.
    • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition – Refer to “TOEFL iBT in the English Language Test Scores” option below for minimum requirements.

Please select an option below.

 

UNSW accepts English language test scores to meet our English language requirements provided

  • You completed the test no more than two years before your intended start date, the English test must be dated on or after the 1st of January (two years prior) for Term 1 commencement, 1st of May for Term 2  commencement or the 1st of August (two years prior) for Term 3 commencement and
  • You achieved the minimum scores for your desired program.

Check below to see if your results meet our English language requirements.

 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – Academic version and IELTS Indicator only

Note: When applying for a cross-faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Art and Design6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
Arts and Social Sciences6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Bachelor of Education: 7 overall (min 6.5 in writing & reading, 7.5 in speaking & listening)
7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 7.5 overall (min 7.0 in writing & reading, 8.0 in speaking & listening)
7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)
Built Environment7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)
Business7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)7.0 overall (min 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in other subtests)
Engineering6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
Law7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)7.0 overall (min 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in other subtests)
Medicine7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
Science6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: 7.0 overall (min 7.0 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Graduate Diploma in Psychology: 7.0 overall (min 7.0 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)
6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
UNSW Canberra6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet-Based Test) - including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Note: TOEFL MyBest Score is not accepted. When applying for a cross-faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Art and Design90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
Arts and Social Sciences90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
  • Exceptions: Bachelor of Education: 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, 27 in listening, 24 in speaking)
94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
  • Exceptions: Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 102 overall (min. 27 in writing, 24 in reading, 28 in listening, 26 in speaking)
94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
Built Environment94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
Business94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)96 overall (min. 27 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
Engineering90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
Law94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)96 overall (min. 27 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
Medicine94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
Science90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
  • Exceptions: Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: 94 overall (min. 27 in writing, 24 in reading and listening, 23 in speaking)
  • Exceptions: Graduate Diploma in Psychology: 94 overall (min. 27 in writing, 24 in reading and listening, 23 in speaking)
  • Exceptions: Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
UNSW Canberra90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Paper-based Test)

Note: TOEFL MyBest Score is not accepted. When applying for a cross-faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Art and Design577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
Arts and Social Sciences577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
  • Exceptions: Bachelor of Education: 589 overall (min. 6.0 in TWE)
589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
  • Exceptions: Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 610 overall (min. 6.0 in TWE)
589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
Built Environment589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
Business589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)589 overall (min. 5.5 in TWE)
Engineering577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
Law589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)589 overall (min. 5.5 in TWE)
Medicine589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
Science577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
  • Exceptions: Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
  • Exceptions: Graduate Diploma in Psychology: Not accepted
  • Exceptions: Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
UNSW Canberra577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
PTE (Pearson Test of English – Academic)

Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Art and Design64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
Arts and Social Sciences64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Bachelor of Education: 65 overall (min. 58 in writing and reading, 73 in listening and speaking)
65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 73 overall (min. 65 in writing and reading, 79 in listening and speaking)
65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
Built Environment65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
Business65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)65 overall (min. 58 in each subtest)
Engineering64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
Law65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)65 overall (min. 58 in each subtest)
Medicine65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
Science64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: 65 overall (min. 65 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Graduate Diploma in Psychology: 65 overall (min. 65 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
UNSW Canberra64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
C1 Advanced Cambridge (formerly known as CAE – Cambridge Advanced English)

Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Art and Design176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
Arts and Social Sciences176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Bachelor of Education: 185 overall (176 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)
185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening)
185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
Built Environment185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
Business185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 176 in each subtest)
Engineering176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
Law185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 176 in each subtest)
Medicine185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
Science176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
  • Exceptions: Graduate Diploma in Psychology: Not accepted
  • Exceptions: Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
UNSW Canberra176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
C2 Proficiency Cambridge (formerly known CPE – Cambridge Proficiency English)

Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Art and Design180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Arts and Social Sciences180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Bachelor of Education: 185 overall (min. 180 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)
185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening)
185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Built Environment185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Business185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Engineering180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Law185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Medicine185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Science180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
  • Exceptions: Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
  • Exceptions: Graduate Diploma in Psychology: Not accepted
  • Exceptions: Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
UNSW Canberra180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
ANU Access Program
QualificationEnglish language requirements
ANU Access ProgramPlease note that when applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

Art & Design – Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall accepted for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Postgraduate Research programs.

Arts and Social Sciences – Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall. Not accepted for Bachelor of Education, Postgraduate and Postgraduate Research programs.

Built Environment, Business and Law – Not accepted for any program.

Engineering – Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Postgraduate Research programs.

Medicine – Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall for Postgraduate and Postgraduate Research programs. Not accepted for Undergraduate programs.

Science – Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall for Undergraduate, Postgraduate or Postgraduate Research programs.
Not accepted for:
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management


UNSW Canberra – Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Postgraduate Research programs.
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