English Skills and Testing for International Students

International students who do not have English as their first language require an appropriate level of English language proficiency prior to entry to Mentone Grammar.

Each student will be required to take the Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS) English language test which will recommend the length of study required at an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Centre in Melbourne.

The AEAS test results provide detail regarding the student’s abilities (stanine scores) together with current proficiency in English and is one of the key measures of the candidate’s suitability for entry.

Mentone Grammar requires all international students to take an English assessment twice (in some cases more) – once when submitting an application for registration and again after completing an ELICOS program.

The cost associated with AEAS testing must be met by the applicant’s family on each occasion.

Other means of determining enrolment suitability include school-based assessments and conduct during the enrolment interview.

Students entering Years 10 - 12 should take the AEAS test at least 6 - 12 months prior to their anticipated commencement date. This gives time to complete ELICOS studies to ensure they are ready to commence school at the beginning of the academic year. Please note the AEAS report is valid for 12 months.

  • Students applying for Year 11 or 12 entry must start in Term 1
  • Students applying for Year 10 entry can start in Term 1 - Term 3

It is very important that students entering Mentone Grammar have reasonably proficient English language skills. In particular, analytical writing skills will be required which presumes a certain standard of English.

  • We require a minimum AEAS score of 50 (intermediate) and stanine score of 5 (average) to apply
  • We require a minimum AEAS score of 70 (upper intermediate) and stanine score of 5 (average) to attend a pre-enrolment interview.

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If you have any queries or require further assistance, please contact the Enrolments Team: