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English Language Requirement

The purpose of the English entry requirement is to ensure that all international students at ETEA are able to complete their study successfully and to assist them while living in Australia studying.

ETEA has established an English benchmark for each course offered to international students and the requirement to study with ETEA is to have at least the equivalent of IELTS 5.5.

We acknowledge that students may have undertaken other forms of English study which will help them to demonstrate suitability to study at ETEA. Below are some of the options for demonstrating equivalence to ETEAs English requirements.

Demostrating IELTS equivalence to an English as a second language (ESL) course

  • Certificate I corresponds to IELTS 4.0
  • Certificate II corresponds to IELTS 4.5
  • Certificate III corresponds to IELTS 5.0
  • Certificate IV corresponds to IELTS 5.5
  • IELTS 5.0 + 11 weeks of English (ELICOS Course) correspondent to IELTS 5.5
  • A student who has completed an IRON course with ETEA will be considered equivalent to IELTS 5.5 at ETEA.

Demostrating previous study in English

Students who have studied in the following context may also be able to demonstrate their English equivalence to our courses for international students:

  • Upper Intermediate (English for Academic Purposes) certificate from recognised English language centre
  • Advanced English (English for Academic Purposes) certificate from recognised English language centre
  • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education completed in Australia
  • Certificate IV or higher completed in Australia
  • Tertiary studies in medium of English
  • Evidence of at least 5 years of studies in an English speaking country (e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America, South Africa, Republic of Ireland)

General equivalence between different languages classification system

English Language Tests for Student Visas
TestTest Score Band
IELTS (Academic) 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0
IELTS (General) 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0
TOEFL iBT 31 32 35 46 60 79 94 102 110 115 118
PTE Academic 29 30 36 42 50 58 65 73 79 83 86
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 32 36 41 47 52 58 67 74 80 87 93
OET Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass
TOEFL PBT 433 450 500 527 550 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a