IELTS - International English Language Testing System

The following are the minimum IELTS (Academic) scores required for AUT qualifications.
  • Some programmes have higher requirements for IELTS entry and these exceptions are listed in the AUT Calendar.
  • IELTS must be used to demonstrate English language proficiency for doctoral programmes, teacher education programmes and health science programmes.
AUT Calendar


Doctorate

  • 6.5 overall with 7* in Writing and all other bands 6.0 or higher.
    *Note: Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences only require a 6.5 Writing Band.

Postgraduate Programmes (Master's, Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates and Bachelor with Honours)

  • 6.5 overall with all bands 6 or higher

Graduate Diplomas and Certificates and Conjoint Degrees
  • 6.5 overall with all bands 6 or higher

Bachelor's Degree

  • 6 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher

Diplomas

  • Depending on particular diploma, either 6 overall with all bands 5.5. or higher, or 5.5 overall with all bands 5 or higher (see the Academic calendar for further information)

Certificates

  • 5.5 overall with all bands 5 or higher

Other recognised tests of English language proficiency

Where programmes accept tests other than IELTS, the following table may be used to calculate the IELTS equivalent requirements from Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS), GIE, TOEFL iBT®, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and the Pearson Test of English.

Please note: IELTS must be used to demonstrate English language proficiency for teacher education programmes and health science programmes.

Minimum Overall Score
IELTS Cert EAS GIE TOEFL iBT CAE prior to 2015 CAE from 2015 Pearson (PTE)
5.0 C- C 65 41 154 35
5.5 C/C+ C+ 70 47 162 42
6.0 B/B+ B 80 52 169 50
6.5 A B+ 90 58 176 58
7.0 - A 100 67 185 65
Individual Skill/Band Score
IELTS
(R/L/S/W)
Cert EAS GIE TOEFL iBT
(R/L/S/W)
CAE prior to 2015
(specific skill profile)
CAE from 2015 Pearson (PTE)
5.0 Depends on the qualification you seek entry to. Please refer to the Academic Calendar. C 15/15/17/18 - 154 35
5.5 C+ 15/15/18/20 - 162 42
6.0 B 19/19/20/22 Borderline 169 50
6.5 B+ 20/20/20/24 Borderline 176 58
7.0 A 24/24/23/27 Good 185 65

*Individual band scores for TOEFL iBT are indicative and variations of up to 2 points may be accepted, as long as the minimum overall score is achieved.

General information

  • Any evidence of English language proficiency must be no more than two years old.
  • Other recognised tests of English language proficiency may be accepted on a case-by-case basis or as agreed by the University.
  • The University does not accept responsibility for academic failure which can be attributed to a student's lack of competence in English.

Last updated: 09-Aug-2017 8.56am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.