English Levels

Creating a study plan

At Navitas English, we can help you create the right course combination for your learning goals and your English language level.

Our courses run from 1 to 52 weeks. We have courses for every language learning goal – for beginners, students who want to get better at conversation, and students who want a packaged pathway to higher education in Australia.

It’s important that you apply for a course that suits your language level.

If you want to apply for an Academic English, Cambridge or IELTS course, you need to meet minimum English level requirements. You will need to take a pre-test to make sure you have the right English level for your course.

We can arrange a Navitas English Versant test with your education agent in your home country – or if you are already in Australia, you can take the test at a Navitas English school. Alternatively, you can provide your recent IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Cambridge results to prove your English level.

We offer General English courses for all levels of English learners. Classes range from elementary (CEFR A1) through to advanced (CEFR C1 or IELTS 7.0). Download the CEFR and IELTS map.

On your first day of class you will sit a day one placement test to make sure you are in the right class for your English proficiency level.

CourseMinimum English levelPrepares you for

General English

No minimum entry requirements.

If your English level is beginner, or below CEFR A1, please contact us for study advice.

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Academic English 1

Academic English 1

IELTS 4.5 overall; writing 4.5 (academic), other bands 4.0, or equivalent

TOEFL PBT 475 (writing minimum TWE 3.5)

TOEFL iBT 34 (writing 12)

PTE Academic 30 (writing minimum 30, other skills 24)

Navitas English Versant test 38-45 (writing 38, other skills 34)

or upon passing Navitas' Academic English Entry Test
Academic English 2

Academic English 2

IELTS 5.0 overall; writing 5.0 (academic), other bands 4

TOEFL PBT 500 (writing minimum TWE 4.0)

TOEFL iBT 40 (writing 14)

PTE Academic 36 (writing minimum 36, other skills 30)

Navitas English Versant test 46-49 (writing 46, other skills 42)

or successful completion of Academic English Level 1
Academic English 3



Certificate IV

Academic English 3

IELTS 5.5, writing 5.5 (academic), other bands 5.0

TOEFL PBT 525 (writing minimum TWE 5.0)

TOEFL iBT 55 (writing 16)

PTE Academic 42 (writing minimum 42, other skills 36)

Navitas English Versant test 50+ (writing 50, other skills 46)

or successful completion of Academic English Level 2

Bachelor's degree     

Associate degree       

Advanced Diploma

Master's degree         

IELTS Preparation

IELTS 5.0 overall; writing 5.0; no other skill less than 4.0, or equivalent IELTS test

Cambridge Preparation:
B2 First (FCE)

CEFR B1+ or IELTS 5.5 overall; minimum 5.0 in all bands, or equivalent Cambridge test 

Cambridge Preparation:
C1 Advanced (CAE)

CEFR B2+ or IELTS 6.5 overall; minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent Cambridge test 

Cambridge Preparation:
C2 Proficiency (CPE) 

CEFR C1+ or IELTS 7.5 overall; minimum 7.0 in all bands or equivalent Cambridge test 

Courses are delivered by Navitas English Services Pty Ltd (ACN 002 069 730), CRICOS Provider 00289M.