English language requirements

English language requirements

COVID-19 Important Updates


To provide flexibility and support to you during this period, Macquarie University will be accepting the following English language tests for students impacted by the closure of testing centres and applying for entry in 2020 and the first half of 2021:

  • IELTS Indicator – requirements are the same as for Academic IELTS in the sections below
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition – requirements are the same as for TOEFL iBT in the sections below

  • For students applying for 2020 entry, we will also consider as valid any results from an accepted test (IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson, Cambridge, or OET) that was completed within the last 3 years rather than the usual 2 years.

    As China is not currently serviced by IELTS or TOEFL testing, Macquarie University will be accepting the Duolingo English Test as an alternative means of meeting our Academic English requirements for this region only - see the relevant sections below for minimum score required. The Duolingo test will be accepted until 30 June, 2020 for students applying from China for admission in 2020 or the first half of 2021. Continued acceptance will be reviewed subject to availability of IELTS or TOEFL testing in China.

    All applicants need to provide evidence of English language proficiency. However, not all programs require the same level of English proficiency.

    Most coursework programs at Macquarie require Standard English (equivalent to an overall Academic IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band), while certain programs have Special English requirements (equivalent to an overall Academic IELTS greater than 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each band).

    Students applying for Foundation or Diploma programs at the Macquarie University International College (MUIC) will need to meet MUIC English requirements.

    You can find the Academic IELTS English requirements for your program on either Coursefinder or Handbook and then reference the tables below to find alternative tests and scores accepted by Macquarie University.

    Standard English requirements

    Most coursework programs at Macquarie University require Standard English (ie, an overall Academic IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band). The tables below outline other evidence accepted by Macquarie University as meeting the Standard English language requirements.

    Students who do not meet the English language requirements, but who are otherwise eligible for a program of study, may be issued an offer of study that includes an English preparation program at the Macquarie University English Language Centre (ie, a packaged offer). International students with a packaged offer can apply for a single student visa covering both their English preparation program and their course of study at Macquarie University.

    Approved Qualification

    An approved qualification with English as the language of instruction

    Macquarie will accept certain qualifications with English as the language of instruction or other approved English units as evidence of meeting standard English requirements. Approved qualifications may only be considered if they have been successfully completed within five years of the date the applicant will start the course at Macquarie University.

    This limitation period does not apply to applicants who:

    1. Meet the minimum institutional English language requirements AND can show evidence that they have continuously resided in an English-speaking country or region since the completion of their English studies until commencing studies at Macquarie University; OR
    2. Completed their secondary studies in English under the GCE Advanced (A-Levels), Advanced Subsidiary (AS-Levels) and Ordinary Levels (O-Levels / GCSE), or International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum with the required results.

    Qualifications from an approved country or region with English as the language of instruction

    REQUIREMENTS APPROVED COUNTRY OR REGION
    Senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time tertiary study.

    The language in which you undertook this qualification must be English.
    American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Cameroon, Cook Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, 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

    Approved high school qualifications with English study

    COUNTRY OR REGIONQUALIFICATION STANDARD ENGLISH REQUIREMENT
    Various International Baccalaureate (IB)

    Before May 2013:

    English A2 at Higher Level or A1 at Standard or Higher Level

    May 2013 session and thereafter:

    • English A Literature or English A Language and Literature at Standard or Higher Level
    • English B at Higher Level with a Grade of 4 or more
    • English B at Standard Level with a Grade of 5 or more
    Austria Maturity Certificate
    (Reifexeugnis / Reifeprufungszeugnis / Matura / Maturazeugnis Austrian High School Diploma)
    GPA of 2 in English from the last three years.
    Denmark Studentereksamen

    B level English - minimum grade of 7
    A level English - minimum grade of 4
    Undergraduate degree Diploma Supplement or a separate document from home institution stating the language of instruction
    Finland Finland Upper Secondary School Certificate Grade of 8 in English unit
    Germany Abitur

    DAAD
    Minimum grade of 3 (7-15 points) in the final 2 years AND
    Minimum top two scores in all 3 sections OR
    Fachhochschulreife

    DAAD
    Minimum grade of 3 in the final year
    AND

    Minimum top two scores in all 3 sections
    Germany
    (MQ Study Abroad and Exchange students only)
    Abitur Minimum grade of 3 (7-15 points) in the final 2 years OR
    DAAD Minimum top two scores in all 3 sections
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 4 in English
    Iceland Studentsprof Grade of 6.0 in English
    Malaysia STPM Grade C in 920 English in Literature
    SPM   Grade C in 1119 English Language
    Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate Grade B5 in English
    Netherlands             VWO
    (pre-university education)
    Overall score of at least 7 in English
    HAVO Overall score of at least 7 in English (after at least 1 year of tertiary education)
    Norway Vitnemal IEC - 4
    Singapore Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level Grade B/C in Humanities Subjects
    Sweden Avgangsbetyg / Slutbetyg Grade C in English
    Switzerland Swiss Matura Grade 5 in English
    United Kingdom GCE A-Levels Grade C in Humanities Subjects: History, Humanities, Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Politics, Law, Religion, Sociology, Psychology.
    GCE AS-Levels Grade B in English
    GCSE / O-Levels
    • Grade C for English as a first language, OR
    • Grade C for English as a second language, OR
    • Grade C for O Level English

    Approved foundation programs

    PROVIDER STANDARD ENGLISH REQUIREMENT
    Macquarie University Foundation or Intensive Program Completion
    ANU College Foundation Studies Program 65% in Academic English or Advanced Academic English
    Monash College Foundation Year 65% in English
    University of Adelaide College Foundation Studies C
    University of Melbourne - Trinity College Foundation Studies 65% in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
    University of Queensland - IES College Foundation Year 65% in Academic English for University Studies
    University of Sydney - Taylors College Foundation Program C
    University of Western Australia - Taylors College Perth Foundation Program 65% in English
    UNSW Global Foundation Program (Standard and Transition) C+
    Western Australian Universities' (TISC) Foundation Program 65% in English Language and Culture Studies (ELACS)
    UTS:INSEARCH Foundation Studies Program Credit (65%) in English

    English Test or EAP

    COVID-19 Important Updates


    To provide flexibility and support to you during this period, Macquarie University will be accepting the following English language tests for students impacted by the closure of testing centres and applying for entry in 2020 and the first half of 2021:

  • IELTS Indicator – requirements are the same as for Academic IELTS in the sections below
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition – requirements are the same as for TOEFL iBT in the sections below

  • For students applying for 2020 entry, we will also consider as valid any results from an accepted test (IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson, Cambridge, or OET) that was completed within the last 3 years rather than the usual 2 years.

    As China is not currently serviced by IELTS or TOEFL testing, Macquarie University will be accepting the Duolingo English Test as an alternative means of meeting our Academic English requirements for this region only - see the relevant sections below for minimum score required. The Duolingo test will be accepted until 30 June, 2020 for students applying from China for admission in 2020 or the first half of 2021. Continued acceptance will be reviewed subject to availability of IELTS or TOEFL testing in China.

    An approved English language test or English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program

    Macquarie will accept the following English language tests and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs. All English language test scores must be less than two years old at the date of course commencement at Macquarie University. Any applicants with multiple tests in that period will have their single best test result considered.

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

    Students who do not meet these English language requirements, but who are otherwise eligible for a program of study, may be issued an offer of study that includes an English preparation program at the Macquarie University English Language Centre (ie, a packaged offer). International students with a packaged offer can apply for a single student visa covering both their English preparation program and their course of study at Macquarie University.

    Approved English language tests

    Accepted English Tests

    ACRONYM FULL NAME
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System: Academic version
    TOEFL iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet-based Test
    PTE Academic Pearson Test of English Academic
    C1A  Cambridge English C1 Advanced (previously CAE or Cambridge English: Advanced)
    C2P  Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (previously CPE or Cambridge English: Proficiency)
    OET Occupational English Test
    Duolingo* Duolingo English Test (temporary alternative test for applicants from China)  
    DO MY RESULTS MEET THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
    You have completed an approved language test and have achieved the scores listed below:


    You meet the Standard English proficiency requirements

    TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
    IELTS Academic 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
    TOEFL iBT 83 13 21 12 18
    PTE Academic 58 50 50 50 50
    C1A 180 169 169 169 169
    C2P 180 169 169 169 169
    OET - C+ C+ C/C+ C/C+
    Duolingo* 115 - - - -

    * Accepted until 30 June, 2020 for applicants from China seeking commencement in 2020 or first half of 2021. Test must have been taken between 1 January and 30 June, 2020.

    Minimum scores apply. For details, Apply

    Approved providers of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs

    Unless specified otherwise, only CRICOS-registered AEP programs completed onshore in Australia are recognised.

    COUNTRY OR REGION PROVIDERSTANDARD ENGLISH REQUIREMENT
    Australia

    Completed AQF Certificate IV, or Completed Advanced Certificate, including a Completed AQF Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
    Ability English
    CRICOS Provider No 01530K (Sydney), 03112A (Melbourne)
    EAP 4 (CRICOS Code 086407K) with overall score of Pass
    Australian Pacific College
    CRICOS Provider No 01331F
    EAP A (CRICOS Code 075995J) with a minimum overall of B+
    ELS Universal English College (UEC)
    CRICOS Provider No 00053J
    Academic English Program 3 (AEP3) (CRICOS Code 095850E) with a minimum overall grade of A

    Embassy English
    CRICOS provider No 01682E

    EAP 4 (CRICOS Code 072049J) with a minimum of D letter grade
    English Language Company
    CRICOS Provider No 02551G

    Academic English 2a (AE2a) (CRICOS Code 054401C) with minimum overall of 75%.

    The EAP Level 3 Certificate can also be recognised as equivalent to this academic standard from the English Language Company.

    Greenwich College
    CRICOS Provider No 02672K
    English for Academic Purposes (CRICOS Code 059969M) with a minimum overall score of Credit
    INSEARCH
    CRICOS Provider No 00859D
    Including programs delivered offshore in China, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, and Vietnam
    Academic English Level 5 (AE5) (CRICOS Code 032410F) with a minimum of Pass
    KIE Sydney City
    CRICOS Provider No 01165D
    EAP 2 (CRICOS Code 077063D) with a minimum overall of 75%
    Sydney English Language Centre (SELC)
    CRICOS Provider No 00051M
    Academic English Program 1 (AEP 1) (minimum 10 weeks) (CRICOS Code 082833B) with a minimum overall of 75%
    University of NSW Institute of Languages
    CRICOS Provider No 01020K
    UEEC (CRICOS Code 080692D) with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
    Western Sydney University
    CRICOS Provider No 00917k
    EAP 5 (CRICOS Code 082069M) with a minimum overall of 55% and Pass in tests for entry into standard courses with English requirement of IELTS 6.5
    China Australian Education Management Group
    EAP2DEP
    Minimum overall score of 70%, with no section less than 65%

    ELC Program

    Macquarie English Language Centre (ELC)

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

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROVIDERQUALIFICATION AND REQUIRED SCORE
    Macquarie University English Language Centre
    CRICOS Provider 00002J
    Direct Entry Program - BAE/HAS/IPP (CRICOS 097293B)
    Minimum grade of Pass in the Overall Score and Pass in the Writing component

    Other

    Other evidence

    Alternatively, documentary evidence of at least five years' residency in an approved English-speaking country or region is needed. Certified documentation (either a passport or visa) must be provided to support evidence of an applicant's residency. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. If employed during this period, work reference letters on official organisational letterhead should be provided.

    Special English requirements

    COVID-19 Important Updates


    To provide flexibility and support to you during this period, Macquarie University will be accepting the following English language tests for students impacted by the closure of testing centres and applying for entry in 2020 and the first half of 2021:

  • IELTS Indicator – requirements are the same as for Academic IELTS in the sections below
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition – requirements are the same as for TOEFL iBT in the sections below

  • For students applying for 2020 entry, we will also consider as valid any results from an accepted test (IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson, Cambridge, or OET) that was completed within the last 3 years rather than the usual 2 years.

    As China is not currently serviced by IELTS or TOEFL testing, Macquarie University will be accepting the Duolingo English Test as an alternative means of meeting our Academic English requirements - see the relevant sections below for minimum score required. The Duolingo test will be accepted until 30 June, 2020 for students applying from China for admission in 2020 or the first half of 2021. Continued acceptance will be reviewed subject to availability of IELTS or TOEFL testing in China.

    Some coursework programs at Macquarie University have Special English language requirements (ie, greater than Academic IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band). The tables below outline evidence accepted by Macquarie University as meeting  Special English language requirements.

    All English language test scores must be less than two years old at the date of course commencement at Macquarie University. Any applicants with multiple tests in that period will have their single best test result considered.

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

    Students who do not meet these English language requirements, but who are otherwise eligible for a program of study, may be issued an offer of study that includes an English preparation program at the Macquarie University English Language Centre (ie, a packaged offer). International students with a packaged offer can apply for a single student visa covering both their English preparation program and their course of study at Macquarie University.

    Accepted English Tests

    ACRONYM FULL TITLE
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System: Academic version
    TOEFL iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet-based Test
    PTE Academic Pearson Test of English Academic
    C1A Cambridge English C1 Advanced (previously CAE or Cambridge English: Advanced)
    C2P  Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (previously CPE or Cambridge English: Proficiency)
    OET Occupational English Test
    Duolingo* Duolingo English Test (temporary alternative test for applicants from China)

    * Accepted until 30 June, 2020 for applicants from China seeking commencement in 2020 or first half of 2021.

    IELTS 7.0 with 6.0 in each band

    TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
    IELTS Academic 7.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
    TOEFL iBT 94 13 21 12 18
    PTE Academic 65 50 50 50 50
    C1A  185 169 169 169 169
    C2P  185 169 169 169 169
    OET - B B C+ C+
    Duolingo* 120 - - - -
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROVIDER QUALIFICATION AND REQUIRED SCORE
    Macquarie University English Language Centre
    CRICOS Provider 02942D
    Direct Entry Program - BAE/HAS/IPP (CRICOS 073884K)
    Minimum grade of Credit in the Overall Score and Pass in the Writing component

    * Accepted until 30 June, 2020 for applicants from China seeking commencement in 2020 or first half of 2021. Test must have been taken between 1 January and 30 June, 2020.

    IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in each band

    TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
    IELTS Academic 7.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
    TOEFL iBT 94 19 24 20 20
    PTE Academic 65 58 58 58 58
    C1A  185 176 176 176 176
    C2P  185 176 176 176 176
    OET - B B C+ C+
    Duolingo* Min. 120 + 5-10 weeks of English with the Macquarie University English Language Centre - - - -
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROVIDER QUALIFICATION AND REQUIRED SCORE
    Macquarie University English Language Centre
    CRICOS Provider 02942D
    Direct Entry Program - BAE/HAS/IPP (CRICOS 073884K)
    Minimum grade of Credit in the Overall Score and Pass in the Writing component
    Direct Entry Program - ED/TIPP (CRICOS 073884K)
    Minimum grade of Pass in the Overall Score and Pass in the Writing component  

    * Accepted until 30 June, 2020 for applicants from China seeking commencement in 2020 or first half of 2021. Test must have been taken between 1 January and 30 June, 2020.

    Postgraduate Programs with this requirement:

    IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in each band

    ALL PROGRAMS EXCEPT MEDICINE AND SURGERY
    TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
    IELTS Academic 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
    TOEFL iBT 98 24 27 24 23
    PTE Academic 65 65 65 65 65
    C1A  185 185 185 185 185
    C2P  185 185 185 185 185
    OET - B B B B
    Duolingo*Not Accepted (see notes below) - - - -
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROVIDER QUALIFICATION AND REQUIRED SCORE
    Macquarie University English Language Centre
    CRICOS Provider 02942D
    Direct Entry Program - BAE/HAS/IPP (CRICOS 073884K)
    Minimum grade of Credit in the Overall Score and Credit in the Writing component
    Direct Entry Program - ED/TIPP (CRICOS 073884K)
    Minimum grade of Pass in the Overall Score and Pass in the Writing component  
    MEDICINE AND SURGERY ONLY
    TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
    IELTS Academic 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0

    We will only accept test results from:

    • one test sitting, OR
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and no score in any component of the test is below 6.5
    TOEFL iBT 98 24 27 24 23

    We will only accept test results from:

    • one test sitting, OR
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the two sittings, and no score in any of the sections is below:
      • 20 for listening
      • 19 for reading
      • 24 for writing, and
      • 20 for speaking
    PTE Academic 65 65 65 65 65

    We will only accept test results from:

    • one test sitting, OR
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58.
    C1A  Not Accepted
    C2P  Not Accepted
    OET - B B B B

    We will only accept test results from:

    • one test sitting, OR
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and no score in any component of the test is below C.
    Duolingo*Not Accepted (see notes below)
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROVIDER QUALIFICATION AND REQUIRED SCORE
    Macquarie University English Language Centre
    CRICOS Provider 02942D
    Direct Entry Program - BAE/HAS/IPP (CRICOS 073884K)
    Minimum grade of Credit in the Overall Score and Credit in the Writing component

    * Notes: These requirements are mandated by professional accreditation bodies for courses in medicine, health sciences, psychology, and teacher education. Duolingo is not currently accepted by the registration bodies.

    IELTS 7.5 with 8.0 in Listening and Speaking and 7.0 in Reading and Writing

    TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
    IELTS Academic 7.5 7.0 7.0 8.0 8.0
    TOEFL iBT 105 24 27 28 26
    PTE Academic 73 65 65 79 79
    C1A  191 185 185 200 200
    C2P  191 185 185 200 200
    OET - B B A A
    Duolingo*Not Accepted (see notes below) - - - -
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROVIDER QUALIFICATION AND REQUIRED SCORE
    Macquarie University English Language Centre
    CRICOS Provider 02942D
    Direct Entry Program - ED/TIPP (CRICOS 073884K)
    Minimum grade of Credit in the Overall Score and Pass in the Writing component

    * Notes: These requirements are mandated by professional accreditation bodies for courses in medicine, health sciences, psychology, and teacher education. Duolingo is not currently accepted by the registration bodies.

    MUIC Foundation and Diploma English requirements

    All applicants for entry to a Macquarie University International College (MUIC) Foundation or Diploma program will need to provide evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum requirements using the Academic IELTS scale are as follows:

    MUIC PROGRAM OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
    Standard Foundation 5.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
    Intensive Program 6.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
    Diploma 6.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5

    The tables below outline other evidence accepted by Macquarie University as meeting the MUIC English language requirements.

    Students who do not meet these English language requirements, but who are otherwise eligible for a program of study, may be issued an offer of study that includes an English preparation program at the Macquarie University English Language Centre (ie, a packaged offer). International students with a packaged offer can apply for a single student visa covering both their English preparation program and their course of study at Macquarie University.

    Approved Qualification

    An approved qualification with English as the language of instruction

    Macquarie will accept certain qualifications with English as the language of instruction or other approved English units as evidence of meeting standard English requirements. Approved qualifications may only be considered if they have been successfully completed within five years of the date the applicant will start the course at Macquarie University International College.

    This limitation period does not apply to applicants who:

    1. Meet the minimum institutional English language requirements AND can show evidence that they have continuously resided in an English-speaking country or region since the completion of their English studies until commencing studies at Macquarie University; OR
    2. Completed secondary studies in English under the GCE Advanced (A-Level), Advanced Subsidiary (AS-Level) and Ordinary Level (O-Level / GCSE), or International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum with the required results.

    Qualifications from an approved country or region with English as the language of instruction

    REQUIREMENTS APPROVED COUNTRIES OR REGIONS
    Senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time tertiary study.

    The language in which you undertook this qualification must be English.
    American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Cameroon, Cook Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, 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

    Approved high school qualifications with English study

    COUNTRY OR REGION QUALIFICATION STANDARD FOUNDATION INTENSIVE PROGRAM AND DIPLOMA
    Austria Maturity Certificate
    (Reifexeugnis / Reifeprufungszeugnis / Matura / Maturazeugnis Austrian High School Diploma)
    GPA of 2 in English from the last year
    Denmark Studentereksamen B level English
    Finland Finland Upper Secondary School Certificate 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 (HKDSE) Top half of cohort from a band 1 and band 2 school,
    OR

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

    HKDSE English Level 2 Writing Level 2
    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 STPMGrade C in 920 English in Literature
    SPMGrade C in 1119 English Language
    Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) Grade B5 in English
    Netherlands             VWO
    (pre-university education)
    Overall score of at least 7 in English
    HAVO Overall score of at least 7 in English (after at least 1 year of tertiary education)
    Norway Vitnemal IEC - 6 IEC - 5
    Singapore Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Levels with Grade C in English A-Levels with Grade D in English
    Sweden Avgangsbetyg / Slutbetyg Very Good (MVG)
    United Kingdom GCE Advanced Levels - Grade D in English
    GCE AS Levels Grade D in English Grade C in English
    GCSE / O-Levels Grade D in English -
    Various International Baccalaureate (IB)

    English A Literature or English A Language and Literature at Standard or Higher Level;

    OR

    English B with a Grade of 3 or more at Standard or Higher Level

    English A Literature or English A Language and Literature at Standard or Higher Level;

    OR

    English B at Higher Level with a Grade of 3 or more; English B at Standard Level with a Grade of 4 or more

    Approved foundation programs

    PROVIDER MUIC FOUNDATION AND DIPLOMA ENGLISH REQUIREMENT
    ANU College Foundation Studies Program 50% in English
    Monash College Foundation Year 50% in English 1 & 2
    University of Adelaide College Foundation Studies 50% in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
    University of Melbourne - Trinity College Foundation Studies 50% in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
    University of Queensland - IES College Foundation Year 50% in Academic English for University Studies (AE)
    University of Sydney - Taylors College Foundation Program Grade D in English A & B
    University of Western Australia - Taylors College Perth Foundation Program 50% in Academic English A & B
    UNSW Global Foundation Program (Standard and Transition) Grade D in Academic English
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 50% in English Language and Australian Culture Studies (ELACS)
    UTS:INSEARCH Foundation Studies Program 50% in Foundation or Advanced English 1 & 2

    English Test or EAP

    COVID-19 Important Updates


    To provide flexibility and support to you during this period, Macquarie University will be accepting the following English language tests for students impacted by the closure of testing centres and applying for entry in 2020 and the first half of 2021:

  • IELTS Indicator – requirements are the same as for Academic IELTS in the sections below
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition – requirements are the same as for TOEFL iBT in the sections below

  • For students applying for 2020 entry, we will also consider as valid any results from an accepted test (IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson, Cambridge, or OET) that was completed within the last 3 years rather than the usual 2 years.

    As China is not currently serviced by IELTS or TOEFL testing, Macquarie University will be accepting the Duolingo English Test as an alternative means of meeting our Academic English requirements - see the relevant sections below for minimum score required. The Duolingo test will be accepted until 30 June, 2020 for students applying from China for admission in 2020 or the first half of 2021. Continued acceptance will be reviewed subject to availability of IELTS or TOEFL testing in China.

    An approved English language test or English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program

    Macquarie will accept the following English language tests and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs. All English language test scores must be less than two years old at the date of course commencement at Macquarie University. Any applicants with multiple tests in that period will have their single best test result considered.

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

    Approved English language tests

    Accepted English Tests

    ACRONYM FULL NAME
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System: Academic version
    TOEFL iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet-based Test
    PTE Academic Pearson Test of English Academic
    C1A  Cambridge English C1 Advanced (previously CAE or Cambridge English: Advanced)
    C2P  Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (previously CPE or Cambridge English: Proficiency)
    OET Occupational English Test
    Duolingo* Duolingo English Test (temporary alternative test for applicants from China)
    STANDARD FOUNDATION PROGRAM
    TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
    IELTS Academic 5.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
    TOEFL iBT 66 10 16 9 14
    PTE Academic 49 41 41 41 41
    C1A  162 154 154 154 154
    C2P 162 154 154 154 154
    OET - C C C C
    Duolingo* 95 - - - -
    INTENSIVE PROGRAM AND DIPLOMA
    TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
    IELTS Academic 6.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
    TOEFL iBT 73 12 19 11 16
    PTE Academic 57 49 49 49 49
    C1A  169 162 162 162 162
    C2P 169 162 162 162 162
    OET - C C C C
    Duolingo* 105 - - - -

    * Accepted until 30 June, 2020 for applicants from China seeking commencement in 2020 or first half of 2021. Test must have been taken between 1 January and 30 June, 2020.

    Approved providers of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs

    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. Unless specified otherwise, only CRICOS-registered AEP programs completed onshore in Australia are recognised.

    PROVIDER STANDARD FOUNDATION PROGRAMINTENSIVE PROGRAM AND DIPLOMA
    Ability English
    CRICOS Provider No 01530K (Sydney), 03112A (Melbourne)
    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
    AEP2 Grade B AEP2 Grade A or AEP3 Grade B

    Embassy English
    CRICOS provider No 01682E

    EAP 2 with minimum of D letter grade EAP 3 with minimum of D letter grade
    English Language Company
    CRICOS Provider No 02551G
    AE1a with minimum overall of 60% or above AE1b - with minimum overall of 60% or above
    Greenwich College
    CRICOS Provider No 02672K
    AEP - Pass Cert IV in AE/EAP - Pass
    INSEARCH
    CRICOS Provider No 00859D
    Including programs delivered offshore in China, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, and Vietnam
    AE 3 - Pass (CRICOS Code 032410F) AE 4 - Pass (CRICOS Code 032410F)
    KIE Sydney City
    CRICOS Provider No 01165D
    EAP 1 - minimum overall of 65% EAP 2 - 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

    ELC Program

    Macquarie English Language Centre (ELC)

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

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROVIDERSTANDARD FOUNDATION PROGRAMINTENSIVE PROGRAM AND DIPLOM
    Macquarie University English Language Centre
    CRICOS Provider 00002J
    English Language Program (CRICOS 097293B)
    Minimum of Pass in overall score and Pass in Writing
    English Language Program (CRICOS 097293B)
    Minimum of Pass in overall score and Pass in Writing

    Other

    Other evidence

    Alternatively, documentary evidence of at least five years' residency in an approved English-speaking country or region is needed. Certified documentation (either a passport or visa) must be provided to support evidence of an applicant's residency. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. If employed during this period, work reference letters on official organisational letterhead should be provided.

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