English language requirements

English language requirements

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

Most programs at Macquarie require Standard English (equivalent to an overall IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band), while certain programs have Special English requirements (equivalent to an overall 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 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 degree programs at Macquarie University require Standard English (ie, an overall IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band):

Undergraduate programs requiring Standard English

Postgraduate programs requiring Standard English

The following are accepted as proof of meeting the Standard English language requirements:

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 since the completion of their English studies until commencing studies at Macquarie University; OR
  2. Completed secondary studies under the GCE Advanced, Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Ordinary (GCSE) Level or IB curriculum with the required results.

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

REQUIREMENTS APPROVED COUNTRIES
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 QUALIFICATION 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 Upper Secondary School

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 Completion of High School 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 5 in English for all Education courses or Level 4 in English for all other courses
Iceland Studentsprof Grade of 6.0 in English
Malaysia STPM Minimum grade of C in English in Literature
SPM 1119 English Grade of 6C
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
HAVO Overall score of at least 7 in English (after at least 1 year of tertiary education)
Norway Upper Secondary School IEC - 4
Singapore Cambridge GCE A Level B/C grade in Humanities Subjects
Sweden Upper Secondary School Grade C in English
Switzerland Swiss Matura Grade 5 in English
United Kingdom GCE Advanced Level C grade in Humanities - Subjects; History, Humanities, Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Politics, Law, Religion, Sociology, Psychology.
GCE AS Level B grade
GCSE
  • C grade for English as a first language, OR
  • C grade for English as a second language, OR
  • C grade for O Level English

Approved foundation programs

PROVIDER STANDARD ENGLISH REQUIREMENT
Macquarie University Completion
ANU College Foundation Studies Program 65% in Academic English or Advanced Academic English
Trinity College Foundation Studies 65% in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
UNSW Foundation Studies, UNSW Transition Program C+
IES Foundation 65% in Academic English for University Studies
University of Sydney Foundation C
University of Western Australia Foundation 65% in English
Western Australia Universities Foundation Program 75% in English Language and Culture Studies (ELACS)
University of Adelaide C
Monash Foundation 65% in English

English Test or EAP

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.

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
CAE Cambridge English: Advanced
CPE Cambridge English: Proficiency
OET Occupational English Test
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 READINGWRITINGLISTENINGSPEAKING
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
CAE 180 169 169 169 169
CPE 180 169 169 169 169
OET B B B B B

Minimum scores apply. For details, Apply

Approved providers of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs

COUNTRY PROVIDER STANDARD 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 076947J) with overall score of Pass
Australian International College of English (AICE)
CRICOS Provider No 02834G
EAP (CRICOS Code 095316E) with an overall grade of EAP Level 4 (Distinction)
Australian Pacific College
CRICOS Provider No 01331F
EAP A (CRICOS Code 075995J) with a minimum overall of B+
INSEARCH
CRICOS Provider No 00859D
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%
ELS Universal English College (UEC)
CRICOS Provider No 00053J
Academic English 4 (AE4) (CRICOS Code 062713J) with a minimum overall of A
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
Greenwich College
CRICOS Provider No 02672K
English for Academic Purposes (CRICOS Code 059969M) with a minimum overall score of Credit for entry to Macquarie undergraduate programs with IELTS 6.5 requirement
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
English Language Company
CRICOS Provider No 02551G
Academic English 2a (AE2a) (CRICOS Code 054401C) with minimum overall of 75%
Embassy English
CRICOS Provider No 01682E
EAP 4 (CRICOS Code 072049J) with a minimum of D letter grade
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 02942D
Direct Entry Program - BAE/HAS/IPP (CRICOS 073884K)
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 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

Some Macquarie University programs have Special English language requirements (ie, greater than IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band):

Accepted evidence of English language proficiency for these programs is detailed in the tables below.

Please note: International students need 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. All English language test scores must be less than two years old at the date of course commencement 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
CAE Cambridge English: Advanced
CPE Cambridge English: Proficiency
OET Occupational English Test

IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 in each band

TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
IELTS Academic 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
TOEFL iBT 83 19 24 20 20
PTE Academic 58 58 58 58 58
CAE 180 176 176 176 176
CPE 180 176 176 176 176
OET B B B B B
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 Pass in the Overall Score and Pass in the Writing component

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 100 13 21 12 18
PTE Academic 65 50 50 50 50
CAE 185 169 169 169 169
CPE 185 169 169 169 169
OET B C C C C
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

IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in other bands

TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
IELTS Academic 7.0 6.0 6.5 6.0 6.0
TOEFL iBT 100 13 24 12 18
PTE Academic 65 50 58 50 50
CAE 185 169 176 169 169
CPE 185 169 176 169 169
OET B C B C C
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 Pass in the Overall Score and Pass in the Writing component

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 100 19 24 20 20
PTE Academic 65 58 58 58 58
CAE 185 176 176 176 176
CPE 185 176 176 176 176
OET B B B B B
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

*The ED/TIPP program applies to postgraduate degrees in Translation and Interpreting

IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in other bands

TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
IELTS Academic 7.0 6.5 7.0 6.5 6.5
TOEFL iBT 100 19 27 20 20
PTE Academic 65 58 65 58 58
CAE 185 176 185 176 176
CPE 185 176 185 176 176
OET B B B B B
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

IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in Reading and Writing and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking

TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
IELTS Academic 7.0 7.0 7.0 6.0 6.0
TOEFL iBT 100 24 27 12 18
PTE Academic 65 65 65 50 50
CAE 185 185 185 169 169
CPE 185 185 185 169 169
OET B B B C C
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

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 100 24 27 24 23
PTE Academic 65 65 65 65 65
CAE 185 185 185 185 185
CPE 185 185 185 185 185
OET B B B B B
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

* The ED/TIPP applies to postgraduate degrees in Early Childhood

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 100 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.
CAE Not Accepted
CPE Not Accepted
OET B 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.
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

IELTS 7.0 with 7.5 in Listening and Speaking and 6.5 in Reading and Writing

TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
IELTS Academic 7.0 6.5 6.5 7.5 7.5
TOEFL iBT 100 19 24 27 24
PTE Academic 65 58 58 73 73
CAE 185 176 176 191 191
CPE 185 176 176 191 191
OET B B B A A
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 Pass in the Overall Score and Pass in the Writing component

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
CAE 191 185 185 200 200
CPE 191 185 185 200 200
OET A B B A A
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

MUIC English requirements

Students applying for entry into a Macquarie University International College (MUIC) Foundation or Diploma program will need to meet MUIC English language requirements.

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