Our courses have different entry requirements. Placement in a course is offered through Confirmation of Enrolment, however you may be placed in a different course, depending on your Placement Test.
In addition to meeting the entry requirements, each student will sit a Placement Test before commencing the course.
Placement tests are based on the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
A test score is comparable to standardised tests like the Cambridge Quick Placement test (PET) and IELTS scores.
English for Academic Purposes
Students must have a level of English equivalent to a Band 5.5 IELTS score in all skill areas.
Most academic courses in Australia require a minimum of 6.0 to 6.5 IELTS entry score. Yarra Theological Union and other Colleges of the University of Divinity require an equivalent of 6.5, which equates to a Credit in all four areas of English – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking with no skill below 6.0.
ELSPM conducts its own assessments in all four skills and marks to an equivalent IELTS level. Students who achieve a Credit in all four skills are recommended to the University of Divinity for enrolment.
ELSPM offers IELTS preparation courses. It is generally believed that students can increase their score by 0.5 each 10 weeks. Different visas require different IELTS scores. Students must be at or close to the required score before beginning IELTS. The IELTS preparation course usually runs for 10 weeks each semester.
ELSPM has a regular assessment program that gives students a progress report every 5 weeks. These should be taken into account when you are planning your next level of study.
If you have any questions about Course Placement please contact the Academic Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org