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English language requirements


There is a minimum level of English language skills that are required to study at TAFE Queensland. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, you may be able to enrol in one of our intensive English language training programs.

International students must meet one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

Test Ratings/score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Required score is program specific. Please refer to TAFE Queensland Region websites for required score.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Computer based score of 530 (paper based test) or 197 (computer-based test)
Pearson Test of English (PTEA) PTE A Minimum Score of 42
Australian Second Language Proficiency Rating (ASLPR) Minimum individual score of 3
Occupational English Test (OET) Pass
Cambridge English: First (FCE) More specifically please see below equivalency of Cambridge English Scale scores with a range of IELTS scores:
  • IELTS 5.0 = 154
  • IELTS 5.5 = 162
  • IELTS 6.0 = 169
  • IELTS 6.5 = 176
  • IELTS 7.0 = 185
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
English language experience
(You will need to satisfy one of the following requirements)
  • Proof that you have studied in English for 5 years or more in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and South Africa.
  • Sound achievement or equivalent in Australian Year 12 English. Criteria must meet Board of Studies English for Queensland high schools.
  • Sound achievement in years 11 and 12 English Communication, as specified by the board of Senior Studies, Queensland.
  • Successful completion of an acceptable formal course (not ELICOS) where the medium of instruction is English.

If you have to complete an English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) before commencing study at TAFE Queensland, you may be able to enrol in a combined ELICOS and VET training study package. TAFE Queensland also partners with reputable ELICOS schools to provide a seamless pathway into our courses.