English Language Requirements

All NTI classes are taught in English. In addition to the academic requirements for course admission, all students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency, either through a recognised English language test, previous studies, or citizenship. The Selection and Admission Policy details NTI’s English language requirements. 

English language test

The minimum English language test scores required for direct entry are provided below.
English language test results must be no more than two (2) years old at the time of application:

Recognised English Language Test Minimum Scores Required for Direct Entry
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test Overall score from 6.5, with no sub-band score less than 6.0.
C1 Advanced
(formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced)
Overall score from 176, with no score less than 169 in any paper.
Person Test of English (PTE) Academic Overall score from 62, with no band score less than 54.
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) Overall score from 79, with no score lower than 13 for reading, 12 for listening, 18 for speaking, and 21 for writing.



Due to COVID-19, many English language testing centres around the world have temporarily closed to protect the health and safety of test-takers and staff. 

Due to this, NTI is currently accepting results from the following alternative English language tests:

TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition
TOEFL ITP® Plus for China Solution

For direct entry to NTI, students require an overall score from 548, with no score lower than 47 for reading, 47 for listening, and 59 for structure and written expression.

Students who complete the TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution test must send their test results to NTI via the Vericant School Portal. Students can contact Student Services with any questions about taking alternative English language tests during COVID-19.

 NTI is currently also accepting results from:

IELTS Indicator

The test follows the same content, format and structure of an IELTS test. The score ranges are the same as the regular IELTS test.


Previous study in English

Students who can demonstrate that they have successfully completed a substantial component (at least one-year full-time study) of an Australia higher education degree (at AQF Level 7 or higher), within the past two (2) years (and while studying on a student visa), may meet NTI’s English language requirements. Students can demonstrate this by providing their academic transcripts from an accredited Australian higher education institution. 

Students may also meet NTI’s English language requirements if they have successfully completed two (2) years of higher education study with a recognised institution (within the last two years) where:

  • the language of instruction was English, OR
  • the institution is in a country where the official language is English

Exemptions based on a student’s previous study in English are granted on a case-by-case basis. A student’s previous study in English does not guarantee course admission. 


Students who are a citizen of one (1) of the following countries may be exempt from providing evidence of English language proficiency:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Republic of Ireland

Exemptions based on a student’s citizenship are granted on a case-by-case basis. Citizenship does not guarantee course admission.

Students who have any questions about the English language requirements for studying with NTI can contact Student Services for further information.


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