English testing is not compulsory. Students have two options depending on whether they want to enter directly into host school mainstream classes or undertake intensive English language studies.
Option 1 – Intensive English language studies before entering host school mainstream classes (high school English language preparation course)
Many international students choose a Victorian government school intensive English language course for 20–21 weeks (10 weeks subject to assessment) before starting school. The intensive English language course provides students with the English language skills to study in mainstream classes.
Many Victorian government schools have an onsite English Language Centre. Please refer to the
Right School Right Place guide for more information. In addition, there are six dedicated Victorian government English language schools located across Melbourne.
Option 2 – For direct entry into host school mainstream classes
Secondary school students with existing English language skills can choose to enter directly into host school mainstream classes. If students want to enter directly into mainstream host school classes, the following proof of demonstrated English competence applies, including that the student has either:
- received English instruction for 2 years or more
- been taught in English at an international school for at least 2 years
- achieved a general IELTS test score of at least 5.5
- achieved an AEAS score of 66 or higher
- achieved a TOEFL internet-based (iBT) total score of at least 69
- achieved an EIKEN score of Grade 3 or higher for Year 10 entry, or Grade 2A or higher for Year 11 entry.