English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Navitas Professional work-readiness programs are designed for domestic and international students and graduates. You will need to have a certain level of English language proficiency before you can apply for one of our programs.

Two widely accepted international measurement of English language skills for academic purposes is the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Navitas Professional also offer BULATS, Cambridge’s Business Language Testing Service that shows ones competency in workplace language skills.

From 2017, all new Navitas Professional participants have access to their choice of online PTE-A, IELTS or BULATS training – at no additional cost.

For other eligibility criteria, please go to your specific program of interest for overall entry requirements.

PTE-A - Pearson Test of English - Academic

 The Pearson test of English academic (PTE-A) is to test your English ability for the intention of studying abroad and immigration.

Why choose PTE-A?

  • Flexible test dates 
  • Recognised by more than 3000 institutions worldwide. 
  • Exam results are available within 5 working days.
  • Approved by the Australian government for visa applications

How does the scoring work?

The PTE Academic Score Report includes your overall score, communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) scores and enabling skills (grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse) scores and each area is scored between 10-90 points.

What PTE scores do I need to apply for Navitas Professional Programs?

ProgramsPTE-A score
Professional Year - Accounting Minimum of 50 in each band
Professional Year - IT An overall score of at least 50, with nothing below 36 in each of the four test components
Professional Year - Engineering An overall score of at least 50, with nothing below 36 in each of the four test components
Career Experience Program Minimum of 50 in each band, unless you are a native English speaker
Professional Internship Program Minimum of 50 in each band, unless you are a native English speaker

For other eligibility criteria, please go to your specific program of interest for overall entry requirements.

For more information visit pearsonpte.com or find your nearest test centre.

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

IELTS measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is the primary language. The test clearly identifies an individual’s level of proficiency using listening, reading, writing and speaking tests.

At Navitas Professional, we provide two versions of IELTS online English test preparation:

  • Academic (individuals applying for higher education or professional registration)
  • General (individuals migrating or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment)

Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: Listening, reading, writing and speaking. The IELTS test is highly regarded and accepted in countries around the world like Australia, Canada and UK.

What IELTS scores do I need to apply for Navitas Professional Programs?

ProgramsIELTS score
Professional Year - Accounting Minimum of 6 in each band
Professional Year - IT An overall score of at least 6, with nothing below 5 in each of the four test components
Professional Year - Engineering An overall score of at least 6, with nothing below 5 in each of the four test components
Career Experience Program Minimum of 6 in each band, unless you are a native English speaker
Professional Internship Program Minimum of 6 in each band, unless you are a native English speaker

Learn more about IELTS at ielts.org

BULATS – Business Language Testing Service

There are a variety of official tests which are accepted as proof of English language competency. For academic and immigration purposes IELTS, Pearson and Cambridge results are commonly accepted results. However, for employers, the Cambridge Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) provides a more meaningful assessment of a candidate’s workplace language skills.

Employers around the world use BULATS results to help them assess the language ability of job applicants quickly and accurately and identify candidates with the right language skills for advertised positions.

BULATS results are accompanied by a ‘Summary of Typical Candidate Abilities’, which highlights the business language competencies that candidates at each level can be expected to demonstrate. For example:

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BULATS ‘Ability’ summaries provide employers with real-world applications of your language skills in Reading & Listening, Speaking and Writing, helping them to match your skills to position descriptions and key selection criteria.

Navitas Professional is the only Professional Year provider authorised to deliver the BULATS testing in all seven sites.

By providing our students with the opportunity to train and sit for the BULATS test, we are ensuring our graduates have meaningful proof of their business language skills that will help them stand out from the competition to future employers both in Australia and globally.

For more information visit bulats.org, or use the Cambridge tool to find out which education institutions and government departments accept BULATS internationally.

Where can I sit a test?

Navitas English Test Centre offers a comprehensive range of internationally recognised and accredited English language and professional tests. Over 20,000 candidates a year take a computer based or paper based test at our Test Centres located in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and partnering test centres in Adelaide and Darwin.

Find out more about examinations offered, test dates and examination preparation courses on the Navitas English Test Centre website.

BULATS tests are offered at each of our Navitas Professional campuses. For BULATS test fees and dates, please email bulats@navitas.com.

Study English in Australia

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements for a Navitas Professional program you may require English language tuition prior to commencing your studies. Navitas English offers qualified and experienced teachers, and fully accredited programs with weekly start dates and flexible day and evening timetables.

Navitas English has campuses in Adelaide (Eynesbury), Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne (Hawthorn-Melbourne), Perth and Sydney.

Courses include: General English; Academic English; Professional English, Cambridge Preparation (FCE, CAE, CPE) and IELTS Preparation.

With the additional choice of free online English test preparation from either PTE-A, IELTS or BULATS, we want to ensure you achieve a professional and fluent level of English to impress prospective employers.

For further information visit Navitas English.