English requirements

English requirements

All applicants for study at Macquarie University International College are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. However, not all courses at Macquarie require the same level of English proficiency.

The English language proficiency requirements for the Macquarie University International College on the IELTS scale are:

  Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Standard Foundation 5.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Intensive Foundation 6.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Diploma 6.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5

 

These requirements may also be met through achieving one or more of the following criteria:

  • hold an assessable qualification from an approved country (see Table A)
  • complete a qualification with a specified English score (see Table B)
  • complete an approved language test with a specified English score (see Table C)
  • study at an approved English language centre (see Table D)
  • complete an ELICOS program with a specified English score (see Table E)
  • have studied in English for at least the final year of your course
  • hold documentary evidence of at least five years residency in an English speaking country.*

Please note: All English language test scores must be less than two years old at the date of course commencement at Macquarie University International College.

International students are required to submit test scores directly to Macquarie International as soon as they are available. An offer of admission may be made pending the receipt of an English test result if all other entry criteria are satisfied.

Eligible students who do not meet the English language requirements for entry to Macquarie University International College may be issued an offer of study that includes an English preparation program at the Macquarie University English Language Centre. International students with a packaged offer can apply for one student visa covering both their English language program and their course at Macquarie University.

*Please note: Certified documentation must be provided to support evidence of an applicant's residency. Applications are individually assessed on a case-by-case basis. The documentation applicants can submit to support their case include passport and visa. If employed during this period, employment references on official letterhead from the employer can also be used as supporting evidence.

A successfully completed approved qualification may be considered only if:

  • it has been completed within five years prior to the date the applicant will commence the course at Macquarie University International College
  • the language in which an approved qualification was undertaken was in English.
  • Senior secondary/Tertiary  studies completed in English

The limitation period does not apply to applicants who meet the minimum institutional English language proficiency requirements, and can show evidence that they have continuously resided in an English speaking country since the completion of their studies until commencing studies at Macquarie University.

Country

American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Cameroon, Cook Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Gibraltar, Grenada, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe


 

TABLE B: COMPLETE QUALIFICATION WITH A SPECIFIED ENGLISH SCORE

COUNTRY

QUALIFICATION

Standard FOUNDATION

Intensive FOUNDATION and DIPLOMA

Austria

Maturity Certificate

(Reifexeugnis / Reifeprufungszeugnis / Matura / Maturazeugnis Austrian High School Diploma

GPA of 2 in English from the last year

 

Denmark 

Upper Secondary School

B Level English

Finland

Completion of High School

Grade of 8 in English unit

Germany

Fachhochschulreife

 

Minimum grade of 3 (or 2) in the final year 

DAAD

Minimum top two scores in all 4 sections 

Hong Kong 

Diploma of Secondary Education

Top half of cohort from a band 1 and band 2 school

Top third of cohort from a band 3 and band 4 school

HKDSE English Level 3

Iceland

Stúdentspróf 

Grade of 6.0 in English

India

Senior secondary qualifications from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE),

Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), or the National Open School

Grade of 70% in English

 

Malaysia

 

STPM1119

Minimum grade of C in English in Literature

Cambridge English Language Assessment

Grade of C7

Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate

Grade of B5 in English

 

Netherlands 

VWO

(pre-university education)

Overall score of at least 7 in English

 

Netherlands 

HAVO

Overall score of at least 7 in English (after at least 1 year of tertiary education)

Norway

Upper Secondary School

IEC - 6

IEC - 5

Singapore

Cambridge GCE A Level

O Level - English C

GCE A Level- English D

Sweden

Upper Secondary School

Very Good (MVG)

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Level

O Level - English C

GCE A Level - English D

GCE AS Level

D

C

GCSE

D

Various

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Complete Year 2 of Diploma

English Grade B

 

TABLE C: COMPLETE AN APPROVED LANGUAGE TEST with a specified English score

The tables below outline the tests and qualification levels accepted by Macquarie as proof of English language proficiency.

IELTS ACADEMIC ENGLISH

 

Overall

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Standard

5.5

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

Intensive/Diploma

6.0

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

 

P-TOEFL (PAPER BASED)

 

Overall

Listening

Reading

Structure/Written Expression

TWE

Standard

525

50

48

56

4

Intensive/Diploma

550

52

51

58

4.5

 

I-TOEFL (INTERNET BASED)

 

Overall

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Standard

66

9

10

16

14

Intensive/Diploma

73

11

12

19

16

 

PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH (PTE) ACADEMIC GENERAL

 

Overall

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Standard

49

41

41

41

41

Intensive/Diploma

57

49

49

49

49

 

CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: CAE and CPE

Standard

162

Intensive/Diploma

169

 

CET GENERAL

Standard

Minimum Overall Score of D Grade in Advanced English

 

Intensive/Diploma

 

OCCUPATIONAL ENGLISH TEST (OET)

Standard

Grade C or above for all four components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Intensive/Diploma

 

EIKEN Practical English Test

Standard

Grade 1

Intensive/Diploma

 

TABLE D: STUDY AT AN APPROVED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTRE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROVIDER

STANDARD

INTENSIVE/DIPLOMA

English Language Program (073884K)
Macquarie University English Language Centre
CRICOS Provider 02942D

Minimum of Pass in overall score and Pass in Writing

Minimum of Pass in overall score and Pass in Writing

 

TABLE E: COMPLETE AN ELICOS PROGRAM with a specified English score

A successfully completed approved qualification may be considered only if it has been completed within two years prior to the date the applicant will commence the course at Macquarie University.

PROVIDER

STANDARD

INTENSIVE/DIPLOMA

 

Ability English CRICOS Provider No 01530K (Sydney), 03112A (Melbourne)

EAP 2 - Pass

EAP 3 - Pass

 

Australian International College of English (AICE)
CRICOS Provider No 02834G

EAP 2 - Pass

EAP 3 - Pass

 

Australian Pacific College
CRICOS Provider No 01331F

EAP A - Grade B

EAP A - Grade B

 

ELS Universal English College (UEC)
CRICOS Provider No 00053J

AE3-B Grade

 

AE3 - A Grade

 

Greenwich College
CRICOS Provider No 02672K

AEP-Pass

 

Cert IV in AE/EAP -  Pass

 

INSEARCH

CRICOS Provider No 00859D

AE 3 - Pass

AE 4 - Pass

 

Kaplan Aspect Sydney Manly
CRICOS Provider No 02362B

EAP 1 - minimum overall of 75%

EAP 2 - minimum overall of 50%

 

Navitas English Services
CRICOS Provider No 00289M

 

Academic English ­ Level 2 (10 weeks) (CRICOS Code 077033K) with a minimum overall of 65%

Academic English - Level 3 (10 weeks) (CRICOS Code 077033K) with a minimum overall of 65%

Sydney English Language Centre (SELC)
CRICOS Provider No 00051M

AEP 2 - 60%

AEP 1 - 70%

 

University of NSW Institute of Languages
CRICOS Provider No 01020K

FEEC-D+

FEEC-C

 

 

 

 

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