English Language Proficiency policy

 1.0 Introduction 

The purpose of this policy is to establish the standard of English language proficiency required by students of non-English speaking backgrounds, to successfully complete their course of study. 

2.0 General 

2.1 Students should be proficient in written and spoken English, with a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5. 

2.2 Students whose previous studies were completed in a language other than English must demonstrate competency in English in one of two ways: 

  • An English language test from an accredited testing organisation (completed within the last two years) 
  • Provide evidence of having lived and worked in Australia or a similar English speaking country for the five years prior to enrolment with Governance Institute. 

2.2 Failure to demonstrate competency may result in the student being required to delay study until evidence of competency is provided. 

3.0 Accredited testing organisations and minimum required standard 

3.1 IELTS – International English Language Testing System 

Qualification: Academic IELTS 

Minimum requirement: overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5 

Web – www.ielts.org 

3.2 Cambridge English Language Testing 

Qualification: Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) 

Minimum requirement: B pass 

Web – www.cambridgeenglish.org 

3.3 TOEFL 

Qualification: TOEFL iBT (internet based test) 

Minimum requirement: overall score of 94 with no band less than 21 

Web – www.ets.org/toefl 

Please note – there are other providers, this list is not exhaustive

4.0 Support offered to students 

4.1 Students identified as not meeting the IELTS standard of 7.0 who have not been accepted into the Governance Institute postgraduate study program can be referred to an accredited provider of English language teaching. 

4.2 Students accepted within Governance Institute postgraduate courses of study who are identified by their Course Director or assessment marker as not meeting the English Language Proficiency standards will be referred to the accredited providers of English language teaching. 

Version Approved by Date
1.0  National Director, Education & Training 28 April 2014

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