English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Navitas Professional work-readiness programs are designed for domestic and international students and graduates. You will need to provide proof* of English language proficiency when you apply for one of our programs.

Navitas Professional accepts scores from the following programs or tests as meeting the English language proficiency requirements for our programs:

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A)
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)

*English Language test results must be less than three years old.

What score do I need?

The minimum scores for each of the components and overall score will need to be achieved:

Professional Year Program - Accounting
Career Experience Program
Navitas Professional Internship Program
Marketing Career Advancement Program

CAE 169 169 169 169 169
IELTS 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
PTE - A 50 50 50 50 50
TOEFL - iBT 64 12 13 21 18

Professional Year Program - IT and Engineering

CAE 169 154 154 154 154
IELTS 6.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
PTE - A 50 36 36 36 36
TOEFL - iBT 64 4 4 14 14

You must have sat the English language test in the three years before you apply, and the results should be lodged with your application.

You meet the English language requirement if you hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and you are a citizen of that country.

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

English Language Test Preparation

All Navitas Professional participants have access to their choice of online PTE-A, IELTS or BULATS test preparation – at no additional cost.

Navitas Professional also offer BULATS, Cambridge’s Business Language Testing Service that shows one’s competency in workplace language skills.

Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A)

The Pearson test of English academic (PTE-A) is a computer based test of English for study 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 and 90 points.

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

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 including Australia, Canada and the UK.

For more information or to find your nearest test centre visit 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, PTE and CAE 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: 


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 Cambridge Assessment - English, 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.