Accepted English language tests

Changes to our English language requirements

From Tuesday 28 January 2020, we’ll accept an OET certificate that confirms you scored a minimum of C+ in writing alongside a minimum of B in reading, listening and speaking.

Our Council agreed this change at their meeting on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

We’ll be updating our guidance to reflect the change when it comes into effect on Tuesday 28 January 2020. Our current requirements, as set out in the guidance below, are in effect until then.

We accept two language tests as evidence of your ability to communicate effectively in English: the International English Language Test System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET).

You must achieve the required score in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Test scores are valid for two years.

International English Language Test System (IELTS)

We'll accept an IELTS Academic examination certificate that confirms you achieved:

  • an overall score of at least 7
  • at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

We updated this requirement on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

Combining IELTS test scores

You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if:

  • you sit the tests within six months of each other
  • you’re tested in all four sections at the same time
  • all scores in both sittings are above 6.5, and
  • you achieve at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections in either of the two test sittings.

Combined IELTS scores: Accepted

 ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
Test 1 7 6.5 6.5 7
Test 2 6.5 7 7.5 8

This combination would be accepted. The applicant has scored at least 7 in the listening, speaking and reading sections and at least 6.5 in the writing section in either of the two test sittings, and no score is lower than 6.5.

Combined IELTS scores: Not accepted

 ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
Test 1 6 7.5 6.5 7
Test 2 6.5 7 7.5 7.5

This application would not be accepted. The applicant has a score lower than 6.5.

Occupational English Test (OET)

We’ll accept an OET examination certificate that confirms you achieved:

  • at least a B grade in the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections.

Combining OET test scores

You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if:

  • you sit the tests within six months of each other
  • you’re tested in all four sections at the same time
  • all grades in both sittings are above Grade C+, and
  • you achieve Grade B or higher in all four sections when the results of both sittings are viewed together.

Submitting your evidence

If you’re submitting an OET certificate as part of your application, you'll need to give us permission to verify your results through your myOET account. 

Find out how to give a verification institution access to your results on the OET website.

Combined OET scores: Accepted

 ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
Test 1 B B C+ B
Test 2 B C+ B B

This application would be accepted. The applicant has scored B in all categories, and no score is lower than C+.

Combined OET scores: Not accepted

 ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
Test 1 B B C+ B
Test 2 C C+ B B

This application would not be accepted. The applicant has scored lower than C+.