If you are applying to study with us from overseas and English is not your first language, it is important for you to meet our minimum English language requirements.

Find out how we test your English language proficiency, how to check the requirements of your chosen course, and the tests and courses you can take to demonstrate your written and spoken English.

All about English proficiency

All of our courses and assessments are delivered in English, so it is important you can demonstrate your English language proficiency to us and make the most of your studies

If English is your first language

You need to have completed the final year of Australian schooling (Year 12), or an equivalent alternative qualification.

If English is not your first language

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency with evidence, such as a recent assessment, test or qualification.

This assessment, test or qualification must have been completed within two years of your commencement of your studies at ACU.

Read our policy

You can read more about our English language proficiency requirements by visiting the coursework admission policy and procedures section of the ACU handbook.

Schedule 4: Evidence of English Language Proficiency

Test your English

You can check your English language level for class placement and decide on the length of any English study you might need using the Versant English Placement Test

An ACU agent representative in your country can book and supervise this 50-minute online test for you.

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English requirements for your course or degree

If you are thinking of completing — or have recently completed — an English assessment such as IELTS, TOEFL or the ACU English Test, you can see what score you need to meet the minimum requirements for your chosen course or degree.

To view the list of minimum English language requirements by faculty and course, read Schedule 2 of the ACU handbook’s coursework admission policy.

Schedule 3: Evidence of English Language Proficiency

Our full list of approved English language proficiency assessments includes:

IELTS is one of the most recognied English proficiency test in the world and can be used to assess your language ability for work or study. You can book your IELTS test through IDP.

Book your IELTS test online now

Prepare for a proficiency test

If you have not yet taken an English test or assessment, you can consider enrolling in one of our preparation courses.

Success in IELTS

IELTS is widely accepted by Australian universities as evidence of English language proficiency. Our preparation course teaches you the key skills and strategies to succeed in your IELTS test including listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Learn about our IELTS preparation course

The ACU English test

You can take the ACU English test as a way to demonstrate your English language proficiency. See when the test runs in each state and learn how to apply by visiting our ACU English Test page.

ACU English Test

What to do if you do not meet the requirements

If your level of assessed English does not meet the minimum score for your chosen course, you can study an English language course or diploma pathway to improve your skills.

Our English pathway courses

Get a headstart in your studies by enrolling in one of our English language programs. You will improve your English, demonstrate your proficiency, and learn how to communicate in both your professional and social life.

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Our international student support team is happy to help you with any questions about arriving, living and studying in Australia.

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Apply for one of our English language and test preparation courses. You can start studying at different times throughout the year.

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Admission pathways

If you don't meet the other, non-English requirements for an undergraduate degree, you can check our pathway programs.

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View your course costs

Discover what your English language course is going to cost and understand how you can pay your fees.

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