Policy

English Language Proficiency Admission and Concurrent Support - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

This policy has been developed in response to the growing recognition across the sector, and outlined in the Good Practice Principles for ELP for International Students in Australian Universities, that English proficiency plays a critical part in academic success and in the development of discipline appropriate discourse. For this reason, English language development is fundamental for all students as they progress through their studies.

This policy sets out minimum ELP requirements for admission to the University’s undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, research programs and non-award studies at The University of Queensland. The policy also considers post admission needs and the opportunities for concurrent development of English language competence during students’ enrolment in the University.

Proficiency in effective communication has been established by the University as an attribute that is part of the overall qualities, skills, knowledge and abilities that should be achieved by graduates of all academic programs. The completion of a degree at The University of Queensland will, in many employment and educational contexts, be regarded as signifying competence in the English language.

Acknowledging its duty of care to ensure that these levels of proficiency are (at the very least) maintained throughout the course of study, the University provides Concurrent English Language Support programs.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Academic Programs – the sequence of study leading to the award of a qualification such as an undergraduate degree or diploma, postgraduate coursework qualification or Research Higher Degree.

DIBPAustralian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection

ELP – English Language Proficiency, the ability of an individual to communicate competently in English. ELP at the University is further categorised into general proficiency (general communicative competence), academic proficiency (skills in the specialised vocabularies, concepts, and knowledge associated with particular disciplines) and professional proficiency (intercultural competence and interpersonal skills in the discourses and behaviours associated with particular professional domains)

Non-Award enrolment- enrolment in a course or courses offered by the University but not enrolment in a program that leads to an award of the University. Examples include students enrolled in the Enhanced Studies Program, cross-institutional students and Study Abroad students.

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all award and non-award programs delivered by the University, at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels. The following are not within the scope of this policy: secondary school enrichment studies, professional and continuing education programs or other non-award short courses delivered on-shore and offshore. The policy addresses the level of ELP required for entry to the University’s programs as well as the development of language proficiency during students’ enrolment in the University.

4. Policy Statement

In the admission process, the University has a duty of care to its students to ensure they have an adequate level of English so they can cope linguistically with the academic content of their program. English is not only the medium of instruction but also the language of academic, administrative, and most social and community activities that are part of The University of Queensland experience. It is therefore essential that applicants for admission to award programs and non-award studies are able to demonstrate each of the English language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at an adequate level.

Once students have been enrolled into the University, their linguistic proficiency should continue to progress through the formal and informal curriculum experiences. The University of Queensland recognises the importance of including effective communication as an essential graduate attribute (see Section 5.2 of PPL 3.10.05) and a core competency to be developed through the core and extra curricula activities within the University. Language development is integral to the development of discipline-based knowledge. All staff members of the University, therefore, share the responsibility for developing discipline specific communication skills of their students.

Students are also accountable for their own language and learning development and are encouraged to meet these responsibilities as set out in the Student Charter (see PPL 3.60.01).

In addition to demonstrating ELP, applicants to the University will be required to satisfy academic pre-requisites. Therefore this policy must be read in conjunction with the University's Admission Rules, the General Award Rules and specific program rules.

Regardless of the University’s requirements and its acceptance of certain equivalents, international applicants must satisfy the DIBP English Language and other requirements for visa applications.

Custodians
Academic Registrar
Mr Mark Erickson

Procedures

English Language Proficiency Admission and Concurrent Support - Procedures

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1. Purpose and Objectives

These procedures enact PPL 3.40.14a English Language Proficiency Admission and Concurrent Support - Policy.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Academic Programs – sequence of study leading to the award of a qualification such as an undergraduate degree or diploma, postgraduate coursework qualification or Research Higher Degree.

Deeming – To make an informed judgment, based on expertise, on an application for entry that cannot be assessed using Sections 5.1-5.4

English Rich Disciplines – Disciplines that require extensive use of the English language, for example, but not limited to, history, philosophy, literature, social sciences, law.

BEP – University of Queensland Bridging English Program

EAP – English for Academic Purposes

ICTE-UQInstitute of Continuing and TESOL Education UQ

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

MINIMUM ELP - The lowest English language entry requirement into UQ award programs.

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language

TOEFL iBT – Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test

OET – Occupational English Test

Package Offer – Comprising an offer of English Language Studies plus the conditional offer of the principal UQ program, once ELP has been met

NESB – Non-English Speaking Background

Standard IELTS program – a UQ program with an IELTS requirement of an Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

3. Procedures Scope/Coverage

These Procedures apply to all award and non-award programs delivered by the University, at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels. The following are not within the scope of this policy: secondary school enrichment studies, professional and continuing education programs or other short courses delivered on-shore and offshore. These Procedures address the level of English language proficiency required at entry to the University as well as the development of language proficiency during students' enrolment in the University.

4. Procedures Statement

Proficiency in the English language is a requirement for admission to all award and non-award studies at The University of Queensland. All applicants for admission are, therefore, required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. The minimum English language proficiency standards have been established for admission to University academic programs and are detailed in PPL 3.40.14 English Language Proficiency Admission and Concurrent Support - Policy

The Academic Board’s Committee for Academic Programs Policy (CAPP) is responsible for the setting and the ongoing review of the English Language Proficiency requirements at The University of Queensland. English Language Proficiency entry requirements and concurrent English language support are reviewed formally on an annual cycle and reported to CAPP. The Proposal to Change ELP Requirements Form can be found in the Forms tab at this link ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/3.40.14-english-language-proficiency-admission-and-concurrent-support.

Minimum English Language Proficiency requirements will not be waived for any domestic or international applicant seeking entry to undergraduate, postgraduate coursework or research award programs or to non-award study. Schools, Faculties and Institutes that wish to establish higher requirements for admission to particular programs, based on professional registration standards or particular program requirements, must submit such requests to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) for consideration and approval through the Committee for Academic Programs Policy (CAPP). Submissions to change the ELP requirement for a program must include the academic justification for the change. If approved, these changes will be incorporated into the Section 9 English Proficiency Standards Table and be clearly and widely promulgated, in advance of implementation, to prospective students and other relevant stakeholders.

5. English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements for Undergraduate, Postgraduate Coursework and Research Programs

5.1 International applicants or non-English-speaking background (NESB) domestic applicants who are graduating from Australian high schools and have an OP or rank score, will meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for entry to undergraduate programs provided they achieve the grades to meet the English Subject prerequisites set out in UQ's Admission Rules. Note: From 2017, applicants with grades in the high school subject English for ESL Learners must achieve an overall 'High Achievement' or greater for ELP entry into UQ programs with higher than minimum ELP entry requirements (please see Table 1 for details).

5.2 International applicants who have not met ELP requirements under 5.1, and who are citizens of designated countries [1], will be considered to have satisfied ELP requirements if they have completed senior secondary schooling (or higher) in a designated country demonstrating successful studies in English-rich disciplines.

5.3 Applicants may also meet the University's ELP minimum [2] requirements if they can provide additional, relevant evidence that satisfies the University that they are proficient in each of the English language skills. This may include:

(i) successful completion of a bachelor or master's degree program, or evidence of at least two year's full time (or part time equivalent) study, from an accredited university or institution which is recognised by The University of Queensland as one where:

English was the medium of instruction, and

• English was the medium of assessment, and

the final year of study has been undertaken during the five (5) years immediately prior to the commencement of study at the University; or

    (ii) substantial work (paid and voluntary) in a primarily English-speaking professional environment for a period of at least three (3) years full-time immediately prior to the commencement of study at the University; or

    (iii) residence in an English-speaking designated country [1]for a period of five (5) years or more immediately prior to the commencement of studies.

    5.4 Applicants who have not met the ELP requirements of Section 5.1, 5.2 or 5.3 will be considered to have satisfied the University's ELP requirements provided they meet the criteria set out in Section 8, Tables 1, 2 or 3.

    5.5 Where an applicant has taken an IELTS test within the two years prior to commencing at UQ, this will be used as an objective measure of their English language proficiency.

    5.6 Where an applicant has provided evidence that they have met the requirements of Section 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 or 5.4 but concerns have been raised about their English language ability through the admissions process, the Academic Registrar may be asked to seek an objective assessment of the applicant’s abilities by ICTE-UQ.

    5.7 Applicants who cannot demonstrate their ELP via Sections 5.1-5.4 may be referred, as follows, for consideration of relevant evidence to ascertain whether they meet the University's ELP requirements:

    • By the Domestic Admissions Manager to the Academic Registrar (Domestic applications)
    • By the International Admissions Manager to the Director, International Marketing Recruitment and Admissions (international coursework applications)
    • By the Admissions Manager, UQ Graduate School to the Director, UQ Graduate School (research and higher degree applications)

    5.8 Applicants who cannot demonstrate ELP requirements may consider enrolling in one of UQ's pathway programs as outlined in Section 7. More information on these programs, including entry requirements, is available at: http://www.uq.edu.au/international-students/pathways-to-uq.

    Notes for Section 5
    [1] Designated countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, United States

    [2] Under Section 5.3, applications for UQ Programs with higher than minimum ELP entry will be referred for consideration to managers of admissions in consultation with relevant faculty and program representatives.

    [3] For programs with external registration requirements refer to Table 1.

    6. International Applicants to Study Abroad and Student Exchange Programs

    6.1 International students attending The University of Queensland on a study abroad or exchange program are exempted from meeting minimum sub-band scores for program entry but must meet the University's minimum overall score ELP requirements as set out in Section 9, unless the conditions in 6.2 apply.

    6.2 A case may be made to further vary the ELP requirements for student exchange or study abroad cohorts from key strategic partners. Such arrangements are limited to formal University partners and are underpinned by a program of study that recognises the University’s duty of care to both domestic and international students. Such exchange or study abroad cohorts may be restricted to undertaking specific UQ courses and arrangements documented via a written agreement (see PPL 3.30.12 International Agreements). Cases for varying ELP requirements for entry into UQ studies for a specific cohort must be submitted to the Committee for Academic Programs Policy (CAPP) through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement).

    6.3 Students articulating from study abroad or exchange programs to UQ degree programs must meet ELP requirements for the relevant UQ program.

    7. Pathways to UQ programs

    7.1 If an applicant has the academic qualifications required for entry into a University program but their English Language Proficiency results do not meet the University’s minimum ELP requirements, they may be eligible for a package offer. The University of Queensland offers a range of pathway programs through the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ), International Education Services Ltd, (IES) and UQ College.

    8. English Proficiency Requirements Tables

    Table 1: English Language Proficiency Requirements

    English language test scores and other qualifications accepted as per Table 1 are considered to be valid for English Language Proficiency purposes for two years from the date of the test or qualification to the date of commencement at The University of Queensland.

    Accepted tests and pathways*

    IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System), including the IELTS UKVI (Academic)

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    CAE/CPE (Cambridge Certificates in Advanced English/or Proficiency) [From January 2015, these are referred to as the CES (Cambridge English Scale).]

    OET (Occupational English Test)

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English)

    BEP (Bridging English Program) – through The Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ)

    UQFY (UQ Foundation Year) – through International Education Services (IES)

    AssocDBus (Associate Degree in Business) – through UQ College [This pathway is only acceptable for the Bachelor of Business Management.]

    *Note – apart from IELTS, the acceptance of these tests and pathways are at the discretion of the University and may vary between programs. 

    Programs

    Entry Requirements

    UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE COURSEWORK PROGRAMS

    Applicable to all Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework programs except those specified below.

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

    TOEFL (Internet-Based-iBT): Overall score 87 with a Writing score of 21 and Reading, Speaking and Listening scores of 19

    TOEFL (Paper-based): Overall score of 570 and a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and 54 in Listening and Reading

    PTE: Overall score of 64 with 60 in each communicative skills section

    CAE: A grade of C (58) or better (for tests taken before January 2015) OR a CES score of 176 (for tests taken from January 2015)

    CPE: A grade of C (45) or better (for tests taken before January 2015) OR a CES score of 176 (for tests taken from January 2015)

    BEP: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all four macro skills

    UQFY: A grade of 5 in AE (Academic English)

    AssocDBus: (Pathway for B Business Management only.) A cumulative grade point average of 4 on a 7 point scale

    UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE COURSEWORK PROGRAMS REQUIRING HIGHER THAN MINIMUM ELP ENTRY

    Note: From 2017, applicants with grades in the high school subject English for ESL learners must achieve an overall 'High Achievement' or greater for ELP entry into these programs.

    Master of Engineering

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6.5 in the sub-band of Writing and a minimum of 6 in each sub-band of Reading, Speaking and Listening

    (See also Table 3)

    Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in Speaking

    (See also Table 3)

    Note: Bridging English Program (BEP) is not accepted.

    Master of Global Management

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 6.5 in each sub-band of Writing and Speaking

    BEP: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of B in Writing and Speaking

    (See also Table 3)

    Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

    BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills

    (See also Table 3)

    Bachelor of Laws (#64)

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing and Speaking

    BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in Writing and Speaking

    (See also Table 3)

    Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Hons)
    Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons)
    Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)
    Bachelor of Oral Health (Hons)
    Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

    BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in all macro skills

    (See also Table 3)

    Doctor of Medicine
    Doctor of Medicine-Ochsner
    Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Hons)
    Bachelor of Dental Sciences (Hons)
    Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Sciences (Honours) (for students commencing in Semester 1, 2019)
    Bachelor of Midwifery
    Bachelor of Nursing
    Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery
    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)
    Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
    Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice
    Master of Audiology Studies
    Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
    Master of Clinical Psychology
    Master of Counselling
    Master of Dietetics Studies
    Master of Nursing Studies
    Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
    Master of Organisational Psychology
    Master of Physiotherapy Studies
    Master of Psychology
    Master of Social Work Studies (#24 and #32)
    Doctor of Clinical Pharmacy
    Doctor of Dental Science
    Doctor of Psychology

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

    (See also Table 3)

    Note: Bridging English Program (BEP) is not accepted.

    Master of Medicine

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

    BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in all macro skills

    (See also Table 3)

    Graduate Certificate and Master in Midwifery
    Graduate Certificate in Nursing and Master of Advanced Nursing
    Master of Mental Health Nursing
    Master of Nurse Practitioner Studies
    Master of Physiotherapy
    Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

    (See also Table 3)

    Note: Bridging English Program (BEP) is not accepted.

    Occupational English Test (OET): A minimum grade of B for each sub-skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)

    Bachelor of Speech Pathology
    Master of Speech Pathology Studies

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading and Listening and a score of 8 in Speaking

    (See also Table 3)

    Note: Bridging English Program (BEP) is not accepted.

    Graduate Diploma in Education
    Master of Teaching (Primary)

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7.5 AND a minimum score of 8 in Listening and Speaking and 7 in Writing and Reading

    Note: Bridging English Program (BEP) is not accepted

     

    Bachelor of Education (Secondary or Primary)
    Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Hons)

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7.5 AND a minimum score of 8 in Listening and Speaking and 7 in Writing and Reading

    BEP: A minimum overall grade of 6 plus a minimum grade of A+ in all macro skills

    (See also Table 3)

    POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAMS

    Applicable to all Postgraduate Research Programs except those specified below.

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

    TOEFL (Internet-Based-iBT): Overall score of 87 with a Writing score of 21 and Reading, Speaking and Listening scores of 19

    TOEFL (Paper-based): Overall score of 570 and a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and 54 in Listening and Reading

    PTE: Overall score of 64 with 60 in each communicative skills section

    CAE: A grade of C (58) or better (for tests taken before January 2015) or a CES score of 176 (for tests taken from January 2015)

    CPE: A grade of C (45) or better (for tests taken before January 2015) or a CES score of 176 (for tests taken from January 2015)

    BEP: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all four macro skills

    Research Higher Degree in the Health Sciences where research is undertaken in a clinical placement setting

    IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

    BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in all macro skills (from 2017 onwards).

    (See also Table 3)

     

    Table 2: Other Recognised Tests or Qualifications for Undergraduate Entry

     

    Country/

    International

    Qualification

    Conditions

    International

    General Certificate of Education (GCE)/General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) O level

    International GCSE (IGCSE)

    (Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority. Independent and school-assessed A Levels are not sufficient.)

    A grade C or better in English Language, English Literature, or English as a Second Language

     

    International

    General Certificate of Education (GCE) A or AS Level

    (Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority. Independent and school-assessed A Levels are not sufficient.)

    A grade C or better in an English Language or English Literature subject or (AS Level) General Paper/General Studies.

    International

    International Baccalaureate Diploma 

    A grade of 4 or better in Language A: Literature or Language A: Language and Literature (previously English A1 and English A2) at HL or SL.

    A grade of 5 or better in Language B (previously English B) at HL or SL.

    Note – Literature and Performance is not accepted.

    Austria

    Matura

    A grade of satisfactory (befriedigend) or better in English.

    Australia

    Group of 8 (Go8) Foundation programs

    Requirements will vary depending on both the Foundation Program undertaken and the UQ Program entry requirements.

    Canada

    All Canadian High School diplomas (excluding Quebec)

    A grade of 60% or above in English in the final year.

    Denmark^

    Studentereksamen (Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination) or Hojere Forberedelsesekamen (HF) (Higher Preparatory Examination Certificate)

    A grade of 4 of better in English A or a grade of 7 or better in English Level B

    Finland

    Lukionpaastotodistus (Upper Secondary School Diploma)

    A grade of 8 or better in English A.

    Germany

    Abitur

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

    Hong Kong

    Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) [2011 or earlier]

    A grade of C or better in English Language (Syllabus B).

    Hong Kong Examination Authority Advanced Level (HKALE)

    A grade of C or better in ‘Use of English’.

    Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education (HKDSE)

    A grade of 4 or better in core English language.

    India

    All India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)

    A grade of 65% or better in English.

    Senior Secondary School Certificate issued by the State Boards of Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Karnataka

    A grade of 65% or better in English.

    Ireland

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    A grade of D1 or better in English.

    Malaysia

    Malaysian Certificate of Education/Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)

    A grade of 6C or better in English (SPM 1119).

    Netherlands

    Voorbereidend Wetenschappellijk Onderwijs (VWO) Upper secondary school certificate

    A grade of 8 or better in final year English.

    Norway^

    Vitnemål

    A grade of 4 or better in English

    Papua New Guinea

    Formal PNG education

    Completion of all formal PNG education up to and including Year 12.

    Singapore

    Singapore-Cambridge GCE A Levels

    A grade of C or better in the General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry subject.

    A grade of C or better in H2 English Language and Linguistics or Literature in English.

    Sweden^

    Slutbetyg

    A grade of VG or C in English B

    South Africa

    South African Senior Certificate or South African Matriculation

    A grade of C or above in English First Language (HG).

    South African National Senior Certificate

    A grade of 60% (or Achievement Level of 5) or better in English Home Language.

    United States of America

    High School Diploma

    A pass in English.


    Notes for Table 2

    1. Results are generally valid for 5 years from the date of the qualification being granted to the commencement date at UQ.
    2. Countries marked with a '^' are exempted from the 5 year validity period.
    3. It is assumed that the applicant will have completed the entire school qualification, where applicable.

     

    Table 3: English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores Approved for UQ Admission 

    The following information should be used in conjunction with Table 1. Not all tests detailed below, including BEP, can be accepted in lieu of IELTS for programs with higher than minimum IELTS requirements.

    English Language Proficiency Table

     

    Overall Score

    L

    R

    W

    S

    Notes

    IELTS

    8.0

    8.0

    8.0

    8.0

    8.0

    UQ Higher than minimum entry (See Table 1 for specific program requirements)

    TOEFL iBT

    115

    29

    29

    30

    27

    TOEFL PB

    650

    65

    65

    68/6*

    NA

    Pearson

    82

    82

    82

    82

    82

    Cambridge English Scale (CES) – from Jan 2015 onwards

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    BEP

    7

    A+

    A+

    A+

    A+

     

    IELTS

    7.5

    7.5

    7.5

    7.5

    7.5

    UQ Higher than minimum entry (See Table 1 for specific program requirements)

    TOEFL iBT

    108

    27

    27

    29

    25

    TOEFL PB

    627

    62

    62

    67/6*

    NA

    Pearson

    78

    78

    78

    78

    78

    Cambridge English Scale (CES) – from Jan 2015 onwards

    191

    191

    191

    191

    191

    BEP

    6

    A+

    A+

    A+

    A+

     

    IELTS

    7.0

    7.0

    7.0

    7.0

    7.0

    UQ Higher than minimum entry (See Table 1 for specific program requirements)

    TOEFL iBT

    100

    25

    25

    27

    23

    TOEFL PB

    600

    59

    59

    64/6*

    NA

    Pearson

    72

    72

    72

    72

    72

    Cambridge English Scale (CES) – from Jan 2015 onwards

    185

    185

    185

    185

    185

    BEP

    5

    A

    A

    A

    A

     

    IELTS

    6.5

    6.5

    6.5

    6.5

    6.5

    UQ Higher than minimum entry (See Table 1 for specific program requirements)

    TOEFL iBT

    87

    21

    21

    24

    21

    TOEFL PB

    570

    56

    56

    61/5*

    NA

    Pearson

    64

    64

    64

    64

    64

    Cambridge English Scale (CES) – from Jan 2015 onwards

    176

    176

    176

    176

    176

    BEP

    4

    B

    B

    B

    B

     

    IELTS

    6.5

    6.0

    6.0

    6.0

    6.0

    UQ minimum entry (See Table 1 for specific program requirements)

    TOEFL iBT

    87

    19

    19

    21

    19

    TOEFL PB

    570

    54

    54

    59/5*

    NA

    Pearson

    64

    60

    60

    60

    60

    Cambridge English Scale (CES) – from Jan 2015 onwards

    176

    169

    169

    169

    169

    BEP

    4

    C

    C

    C

    C

     

    IELTS

    6.0

    6.0

    6.0

    6.0

    6.0

     

    TOEFL iBT

    78

    19

    19

    21

    19

    TOEFL PB

    557

    54

    54

    59/5*

    NA

    Pearson

    60

    60

    60

    60

    60

    Cambridge English Scale (CES) – from Jan 2015 onwards

    169

    169

    169

    169

    169

    BEP

    3

    C

    C

    C

    C

    *TOEFL Paper-based Writing consists of two scores: Structure & Written Expression (graded 31-68) and the Test of Written English (graded 0-6).
     

    Table 4: English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores Approved for UQ English Language Pathway Program Entry Requirements

    For UQ programs that require Academic IELTS OB 6.5 (no score less than 6.0) see table below for English language pathway program entry requirements.

    For UQ programs that require Academic IELTS higher than OB 6.5 (no score less than 6.0) see ICTE-UQ website for entry requirements http://www.icte.uq.edu.au/bep
     

    Accepted UQ English Language Pathway Program Entry Scores

     

    Overall Score

    L

    R

    W

    S

    Notes

    IELTS

    6

    5.5

    5.5

    6

    5.5

    BEP 10 min entry

    TOEFL iBT

    78

    17

    17

    21

    17

    TOEFL PB

    557

    52

    52

    59/5*

    NA

    Pearson

    60

    49

    49

    60

    49

    CES

    169

    162

    162

    169

    162

     

    IELTS

    6

    5.5

    5.5

    5.5

    5.5

    BEP 15 min entry

    TOEFL iBT

    78

    17

    17

    19

    17

    TOEFL PB

    557

    52

    52

    57/4*

    NA

    Pearson

    60

    49

    49

    49

    49

    CES

    169

    162

    162

    162

    162

     

    IELTS

    5.5

    5.5

    5.5

    5.5

    5.5

    BEP 20 and EAP II min entry

    TOEFL iBT

    70

    17

    17

    19

    17

    TOEFL PB

    530

    52

    52

    57/4*

    NA

    Pearson

    49

    49

    49

    49

    49

    CES

    162

    162

    162

    162

    162

     

    IELTS

    5.5

    5

    5

    5

    5

    BEP 25 min entry

    TOEFL iBT

    70

    12

    12

    17

    15

    TOEFL PB

    530

    47

    46

    55/4*

    NA

    Pearson

    49

    42

    42

    42

    42

    CES

    162

    154

    154

    154

    154

     

    IELTS

    5

    5

    5

    5

    5

    BEP 30 and EAP I min entry

    TOEFL iBT

    56

    12

    12

    17

    15

    TOEFL PB

    500

    47

    46

    55/4*

    NA

    Pearson

    42

    42

    42

    42

    42

    CES

    154

    154

    154

    154

    154

     

    IELTS

    5

    4.5

    4.5

    4.5

    4.5

    BEP 35 min entry (not offered in 2017). UQ Package with General English and EAP

    TOEFL iBT

    56

    9

    9

    15

    13

    TOEFL PB

    500

    44

    44

    53/3*

    NA

    Pearson

    42

    36

    36

    36

    36

    CES

    154

    147

    147

    147

    147

     

    IELTS

    4.5

    4.5

    4.5

    4.5

    4.5

    UQ Package with General English and EAP

    TOEFL iBT

    46

    9

    9

    15

    13

    TOEFL PB

    477

    44

    44

    53/3*

    NA

    Pearson

    36

    36

    36

    36

    36

    CES

    147

    147

    147

    147

    147

     

    IELTS

    4

    4

    4

    4

    4

    UQ Package with General English and EAP min level

    TOEFL iBT

    36

    6

    6

    13

    11

    TOEFL PB

    450

    40

    40

    50/3*

    NA

    Pearson

    29

    29

    29

    29

    29

    CES

    142

    142

    142

    142

    142

    Notes for Table 4:

    *TOEFL Paper-based Writing consists of two scores: Structure & Written Expression (graded 31-68) and the Test of Written English (graded 0-6).

    For more information on UQ Pathway options, please see here http://www.uq.edu.au/international-students/entry-requirements

     

    9. Concurrent English Language Support

    9.1 The University provides concurrent English language support to all international and domestic non-English-speaking background (NESB) students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate coursework or research higher degree programs, including study abroad and exchange programs.

    9.2 Students whose first language is not English and who require additional English language support have an obligation to seek assistance by accessing the concurrent English language programs provided by the University. Concurrent support provided during a student's program is delivered through a range of options including:

    The University reserves the right to amend concurrent provision based on identified need and available resources.

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