International students will be tested on their grasp of the English language under a scheme to be introduced in 2018.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham told an education conference in Hobart on Thursday the government will introduce new English language standards for students in 2018.
English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students will have to formally assess students where they provide direct entry to a tertiary course.
At the moment, students can pass a course without proof and then start university studies.
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