Intensive English Program

Many subjects are very language rich and even in Maths students need to write essays. It is very important that students meet the minimum English requirements to ensure a successful learning experience at St John’s Grammar School.

To ensure they meet the minimum English requirements, students are able to attend an Intensive English Program on St John’s Grammar School’s Campus prior to enrolment in mainstream studies.

Minimum English requirements

Students need to either pass a telephone interview or meet one of the following requirements to be able to accepted for mainstream study.

English language test providers Minimum test score Minimum test score where combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS Minimum test score where combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS
St John’s Grammar School Pass Will be advised at the end of interview
AEAS Will be advised on the report
International English Language Testing System 5.5 5 4.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based 527 500 450
TOEFL internet based test 46 35 32
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162 154 147

Recommended ELICOS Program


Upper Secondary School Entry

Years 10-12


Lower Secondary School Entry

Years 7-9


Primary School



0-25 Beginners 40-48 30-40 12-20
26-35 Elementary 30-40 20-30 6-12
36-45 Pre-Intermediate 20-30 12-20 4-6
46-60 Intermediate 12-20 8-12 0
61-70 Upper-Intermediate 8-12 4-8 0
71-80 Pre-Advanced 4-8 0 0
80+ Advanced 0 0 0


Failure to meet the above minimum English requirements

If an applicant does not meet the minimum English requirements above, students are expected to attend an intensive language program at a nominated language centre, lasting for up to 40 weeks prior to commencing at St John’s Grammar. Every 10 weeks, each student is assessed for progress. Successfully passing the assessment will result in early acceptance to the mainstream course. Our International Student Coordinator and each student’s Head of House will maintain contact with students during the program.  Assessments will be made regularly, and students will commence at St John’s Grammar as long as they meet the required standard.