The BSB has recently amended the IELTS rule for those who wish to commence the BPTC in September 2012. One of the entry requirements for the BPTC is that students are fluent in English. Applicants should therefore be able to demonstrate that their oral and written English language ability is at least equivalent to:

  • minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the IELTS academic test
  • minimum score of 28 in each part of the internet based TOEFL test, or
  • minimum score of 73 in each part of the Pearson Test of English (academic).
For those with any doubt as to the level of their English skills, they are strongly advised to undertake one of the above tests before enrolling on the course.

There is more information on the rule available on the Bar Standards Board website at