Course admission requirements

For most courses at Chisholm, you need to have completed Australian Year 12 or equivalent, or apply under mature-age entry with relevant work experience. Some courses will also accept Year 11.

Students who do not speak English as their first language, or for whom English was not the language of instruction at school, are required  to meet a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  level of 5.5 (academic). Some courses require a higher level of English prior to entry: details are available in individual course listings. Other tests are now accepted, the equivalent scores are listed below.

PTE English test scores now accepted

Chisholm now accepts Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) scores under the English requirements for our courses, in addition to IELTs,  Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) and Occupational English Test (OET).

The Australian Government now accepts these tests for student visa applications, from all countries.

International students who do not meet the English requirements of their course can complete an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program prior to commencing the course. Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for information about the English requirements.

The table below provides IELTS equivalent scores for TOEFL, PTE, CAE and OTE accepted by Chisholm:


 IELTS (academic) 5.5  6.5  7
TOEFL (paper based) 527  550  570  600
TOEFL (internet based) 46  60  79  94
PTE (academic) 42  50  58  65
Cambridge Advanced CAE 47  52  58  67
Occupational English Test OET Pass  Pass  Pass  Pass

The Chisholm International English Language Centre provides English language courses to improve your English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our carefully planned classes ensure that you quickly develop the skills and confidence necessary for better general English communication, professional communication and further study at vocational or university levels.

At Chisholm we understand you may want to improve your English for a variety of reasons including getting a job or applying for a new visa. A range of course options are available to suit your English needs. English courses are delivered at Dandenong campus in specialist learning environments.

Find out more about Chisholm's English language courses