Tests to Study in Australia - IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, UMAT, etc

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    To study in Australia, international applicants are required to present certain exam scores as proof of academic and language proficiency. Admissions to Australian Universities are offered to students who fulfill both English language requirements and academic requirements. To demonstrate language proficiency, international applicants can take up English language assessment exams, like IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, PTE, etc. 

    The admission process is quite simple to study at Australian universities. An applicant must pass standardized tests and proceed with the application process thereafter. The scores for these English proficiency entrance exam must not be older than 2 years. Aside from ELP test scores, for some courses applicants are requried to additional tests like GMAT, UMAT, LSAT, etc. Scores of these exams are usually valid for up to 5 years. 

    English Language Requirements- IELTS, TOEFL, PTE

    The mode of higher education in Australia is English, hence, students are required to submit proof of language proficiency to ensure that they understand the course content. To prove English language proficiency, natives from non- English speaking countries must produce tests scores of either of the following exams:

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

    IELTS requirement in Australia is compulsory to fulfill not only for academic purposes but for visas as well as. IELTS scores are accepted by most universities in Australia for admission to bachelor's and master's programs. Band requirements to study in Australia on the basis of IELTS may vary as per the level of the program selected by the students.

    Applicants must ensure that not only the overall scores but band scores also play an equally important role in admissions. Hence, obtaining good scores in all the bands is equally necessary. 

    However, the overall minimum IELTS score is 6.5 with no band being below 6.0. The overall requirement for Australia after graduation is 7. For getting a student visa for Australia you are required to have at least 5.5 overall scores on the IELTS exam. 

    IELTS test is conducted in over 800 centers of 130 countries. For Indian students, IELTS fees is around 12,000 INR.

    TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language)

    Conducted across 130 countries across the globe in 2 modes, Australian Universities accept TOEFL (Internet-based test) scores. These are considered equivalent to that of IELTS, but the application fees for TOEFL exam are higher- 14,000 INR.

    To get admission to Australian universities applicants must have 570 TOEFL pBT scores and 75 TOEFL iBT scores. iBT tests are more popular than paper-based TOEFL tests. The minimum iBT score requirements for getting an Australian student visa is 46.  

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English)

    An alternative to IELTS and TOEFL scores to prove English language proficiency is PTE. Pearson Test of English can also be used to prove proficiency in English for visa acceptance. PTE scores are currently accepted across 150 institutions in Australia, including the majority of TAFEs. 

    An overall score of 58- 64 is acceptable for admissions to both undergraduate and graduate courses. For getting a student visa you must have at least 42 score on the PTE exam.

    CAE: Advanced

    Cambridge English Advanced score of 176 is acceptable in some Australian Universities. For each skill examined in the test, a score of a minimum of 169 must be obtained. Forgetting your student visa you must have at least 162 on your CAE exam. 

    Study in Australia without IELTS or TOEFL

    Students who complete their academic curriculum of previous years (approximately for 5 years) with English as a primary mode of instruction may not necessarily produce English Language Proficiency Proof.

    Following universities admit students without IELTS or TOEFL scores if they accept an English program at the university prior to commencing their degree. These universities are:

    In another case, English language test scores of CAE and PTE are accepted in place of IELTS and TOEFL by:

    • Bond University
    • University of South Australia

    University of Southern Queensland, Bond University, and the Swinburne University of Technology accept students whose secondary education medium of instruction was English. University of Southern Queensland also suggests undertaking USQ pathway programs for admission to the university.

    Exam to Study UG Courses in Australia

    International applicants must appear for some academic tests like UMAT, ISAT, LSAT, to prove their capabilities. These exams are required with regard to specific courses. If you are looking forward to studying such programs in Australia, only then will the scores of these tests required.  


    To get admission into the undergraduate medical program in some universities in Australia, the UMAT score is a mandate. Minimum 50 marks must be scored in each section covered in the exam. Colleges accepting UMAT scores are:


    International Student Admission Test is another exam determining the admission of a foreign candidate into the healthcare and medicine courses in Australia. A minimum of 60 marks is required to be eligible for admission to Australian universities. ISAT is required in the following universities:

    University Course
    Monash University UG Medicine 
    UNSW UG Medicine
    University of Tasmania UG Medicine
    UWS UG Medicine
    University of Queensland UG Medicine


    Students seeking admission to law programs in Australia at both, undergraduate and postgraduate level must submit LSAT scores. The institutions accepting LSAT Scores are:

    • Melbourne Law School
    • Australia and the University of Western Australia- Faculty of Law in its JD (Juris Doctor) 

    If you are looking forward to pursuing master's in law in Australia having LSAT scores is going to work in your favor. 

    Exam to Study PG Courses in Australia


    MCAT score or Medical College Admission Test Scores are required for admission to medical programs at the postgraduate level. The minimum score requirement is determined sectionally. An international student must have obtained 125 marks in each section of the exam.


    GMAT scores or Graduate Management Aptitude Test scores are accepted at some business schools in Australia. However, GMAT scores are not mandatory to undertake MBA program in Australia. GMAT score of 680 or above can help students grab their seats in some of the top business schools of Australia.

    Top Universities accepting GMAT scores in Australia are:

    • Australian School of Business
    • Melbourne School of Business
    • Queensland University of Technology

    GMAT scores play an important role if you wish to study MBA in Australia. Though many universities accept students without a GMAT score, having one always proves to be of benefit. 

    Is GRE required to Study in Australia?

    GRE is NOT required compulsorily to study in Australia. However, some universities in Australia require it for MBA admissions. While GRE score is not compulsory but it can be helpful if a student seeks scholarship opportunities.

    GRE score can be beneficial as it improves the chances of acceptance at top universities in Australia for an international student.

    For pursuing education in Australia, applicants must fulfill both academic and language requirements and submit the results for necessary exams.