English language requirement

Applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by providing evidence of one of the following options. The assessor may seek additional evidence to support or supplement any of the above categories and the claim of English language proficiency.

1) English language tests
For an English language test to be accepted the results must have been issued within 3 years of applying to ACWA.
  • IELTS can be general or academic. You will need a score of 7 in each band. Multiple tests can be submitted but the results must all be within a period of 12 months.
  • TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) results should be within one test.

Evidence: Copy of test outcome. For PTE Academic results only, you must send your score to ACWA through the PTE secure portal and attach a copy of your PTE test result with the application.

 Required scores
 Test component
 PTE Academic  Advanced (CAE)
 Listening  7  24  65  185
 Speaking  7  23  65  185
 Reading  7  24  65  185
 Writing  7  27  65  185

2) Study conducted in English from a country with English as its main language

Completed study delivered and assessed in English at the level of bachelor degree, masters or Ph.D. or completed all secondary education and diploma, delivered and assessed in English in a country with English as its main or official language. These are Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, Canada and New Zealand.

Evidence: Certified copy of qualification (or letter of completion)

3) Two years of industry experience in an English speaking country
Completed at least two years full time (or part time equivalent) employment at the required skill level with English as the primary means of communication in one of the countries listed above. Please note most support worker roles only require a certificate level qualification and employment at this level will not be considered as evidence of English language proficiency.

Evidence: Letter from employer stating English was the primary means of communication for the work performed and that the employer was satisfied with the applicant's English language proficiency.

Please note that the English language exemption option for students who were enrolled in a ACWA accredited course prior to 31 July 2008 is no longer available. This was a transitional arrangement and the transition period ended 31 December 2015.