English Language Proficiency

The Board must be satisfied that any applicant for admission to the legal profession has sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English to engage in legal practice in Australia.  The English Language Proficiency Guidelines establish six new pathways illustrating how you can satisfy the Board of your English language proficiency.

There are two recognised tests for English language proficiency, IELTS (including the IELTS One Skill Retake) and TOEFL iBT. All applicants for admission to the legal profession are required to have completed at least the last two years of their secondary and the entirety of their academic qualification in English, in a recognised country or otherwise undertaken one of the two recognised tests.

Carefully read The Guidelines prior to commencing your application and nominate one pathway that best reflects your circumstances.

You may obtain further information about IELTS Academic Module, IELTS One Skill Retake and TOEFL iBT below.


Email:  ielts@idp.com (External link)

https://ielts.com.au/ (External link)


IELTS One Skill Retake

https://ielts.com.au/australia/prepare/article-how-to-book-ielts-one-skill-retake (External link)



Customer Support Center
1800 919 622

Email: TOEFLSupport4Australia@ets.org (External link)

https://www.ets.org/toefl/ (External link)