Leading Australian Universities adopt Cambridge English

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Recognition of the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam by Australian education institutions is growing, with two more leading universities recently announcing they would recognise the exam.

The University of Sydney and The University of Adelaide have joined a growing number of top universities, including four others from the Group of Eight (Go8) coalition, in embracing Cambridge English: Advanced.

Almost all Australian universities, TAFE institutions and colleges recognise Cambridge English: Advanced as an alternative language test for admissions. In November 2011, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship announced it would recognise Cambridge English: Advanced for Australian student visas.

The University of Sydney and The University of Adelaide recently adopted the test as part of their English Language entry requirements, joining fellow Go8 universities Monash University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia.

Victoria University has also recently adopted Cambridge English: Advanced for all pathways, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with the exception of courses in Nursing and Education. Other Higher Education Institutions confirming recognition include Kaplan pathway providers Kaplan Business School, Murdoch Institute of Technology and Bradford College.

Dr Mike Milanovic, the CEO of Cambridge ESOL, said Australian education providers had recognised that Cambridge English: Advanced was a high quality, secure qualification that ensures students have the language skills to operate effectively in an academic and professional environment.

“We are delighted these leading institutions have embraced Cambridge English: Advanced as an alternative language test,” Dr Milanovic said. “They realise that Cambridge English: Advanced provides a rigourous, in-depth assessment of a student’s communication skills, equipping them to study in an English-speaking institution and get the most from the course they are undertaking.”

Cambridge English: Advanced is accepted in 76 countries around the world and recognised by more than 3000 educational institutions, governments and employers. It is run by Cambridge ESOL, the department of Cambridge University which also produces the IELTS tests.

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