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with IELTS overall score of 6.5 in Writing and Speaking AND 6.0 in Reading and Listening (or equivalent^)

Pre-Enrolment English Program (PEP) - Entry Criteria and Number of Weeks

IELTS Overall Band Score 6.5 requirement or equivalent

Please note the PEP 20, 25, 30 and 35 week programs are not available for Higher Degree by Research Programs.

This is a direct entry pathway into further studies at the University of Adelaide. The length of your program depends on your English proficiency test score.  If you successfully complete the Pre-Enrolment English Program (PEP) at the required level, you gain direct entry and you do not need to sit another English test before you enter your University program.

^ The University's preferred accredited English language tests are:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Academic Test
  • TOEFL - internet based and paper based
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic
  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced).

However, the University may accept other evidence of proficiency in English in individual cases.

The majority of language tests and qualifications that meet the University's minimum English requirements have a validity of two years preceding the date of application.

  • I have IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson, CAE: How many weeks of study?
    Academic English PEP Pathway- Entry Criteria and Number of Weeks
    IELTS
    (Academic)
    TOEFL
    Internet Based
    TOEFL
    Paper Based
    Pearson
    Test of English (Academic)
    Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Minimum Program Length

    Overall band score of 6.0
    Writing and Speaking at 6.0,
    Reading and Listening at 5.0

    Overall score of 60
    Writing at 21 and Speaking at 18,
    Reading and Listening at 6
    Overall score of 550
    TWE at 4.0
    Overall score of 50
    Writing and Speaking at 50,
    Reading and Listening 36
    Overall score of 169
    Writing and Speaking at 169,
    Reading and Listening at 154
    15 weeks
    Overall band score of 6.5
    Writing and Speaking at 5.5,
    Reading and Listening at 5.0
    Overall score of 79
    Writing at 18 and Speaking at 16,
    Reading and Listening at 6
    Overall score of 577
    TWE at 3.5
    Overall score of 58
    Writing and Speaking at 42,
    Reading and Listening 36
    Overall score of 176
    Writing and Speaking at 162,
    Reading and Listening at 154
    15 weeks

    Overall band score of 6.0
    Writing and Speaking at 6.5,
    Reading and Listening at 5.5

    Overall score of 60
    Writing at 24 and Speaking at 20,
    Reading and Listening at 8
    Overall score of 550
    TWE at 4.5
    Overall score of 50
    Writing and Speaking at 58,
    Reading and Listening 42
    Overall score of 169
    Writing and Speaking at 176,
    Reading and Listening at 162
    10 weeks
    Overall band score of 6.5
    Writing and Speaking at 6.0,
    Reading and Listening at 5.5
    Overall score of 79
    Writing at 21 and Speaking at 18,
    Reading and Listening at 8
    Overall score of 577
    TWE at 4.0
    Overall score of 58
    Writing and Speaking at 50,
    Reading and Listening 42
    Overall score of 176
    Writing and Speaking at 169,
    Reading and Listening at 162
    10 weeks
  • Dates and Fees
  • How to Apply

    For students who are applying to study at the University of Adelaide and wish to enrol into an Academic English Pathway Program download the application form at the following website: http://www.international.adelaide.edu.au/apply/

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