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 providersMinimum test scoreMinimum test score where combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOSMinimum test score where combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS
St John’s Grammar SchoolPassWill be advised at the end of interview
AEASWill be advised on the report
International English Language Testing System5.554.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based527500450
TOEFL internet based test463532
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)162154147

Recommended ELICOS Program


Upper Secondary School Entry

Years 10-12


Lower Secondary School Entry

Years 7-9


Primary School



0-25 Beginners40-4830-4012-20
26-35 Elementary30-4020-306-12
36-45 Pre-Intermediate20-3012-204-6
46-60 Intermediate12-208-120
61-70 Upper-Intermediate8-124-80
71-80 Pre-Advanced4-800
80+ Advanced000


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.


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