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English prerequisites

To study at Curtin, you must meet Curtin University’s admission standards, including academic requirements, course prerequisites and English language requirements.

Hear what our students have to say about meeting the English language requirements.

As Curtin University courses are taught in English, there are minimum English language requirements you must meet for admission. Entry is competitive and some courses require you to achieve a higher level than the minimum requirement.

You can demonstrate your English skills through recognised tests and qualifications, including the International English Language Testing system (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign language (TOFEL) and through qualifications in English.

If you don’t meet the English language entry score required for your course, consider first taking a study program at Curtin English. Curtin English is located on campus grounds in Perth and gives you access to university facilities and support services.

Your Curtin English course can be packaged together with your chosen undergraduate, postgraduate or diploma program to streamline your enrolment and visa application process.

“The University has English courses to help students. So I took those, they were two or three months long, and I fully focused on them so I could start my PhD. I got the score I needed in three months.”

Laura Machuca Suarez, Colombia, Research Fellow, Corrosion Engineering

Undergraduate entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

English language testScore
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Writing and speaking
Reading and listening
Overall band score

6.0
6.0
6.5
GCSE (O Level) English/English Language/English Literature/General Paper/ESLGrade C or better
GCE (A Level) English/English Language/English Literature/General Paper/ESLGrade E or better
SPM 1119 EnglishGrade C6 or above
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Reading
Listening
Speaking
Writing
79 (overall)
13
13
18
21
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)

Listening
Reading
Speaking
Writing
58

50
50
50
50
OET (Occupational English Test)Grade B in listening, reading, writing and speaking
WACE Stage 2 or 3 English, Literature or English as an additional Language/Dialect (EALD)Scaled score of 50
Western Australian Universities’ Preparatory Program (WAUPP) English (ELACS)50%
English as a Second Language (ESL)Pass mark varies each year (normally 50% or above)
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) in the subject of English as a Second LanguageScore 10 or higher—Band A, B or C
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) English Language subjectGrade of 4 or above (4, 5, 5* or 5**) 
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)





Test Taken prior to 2015: 60

Test Taken from 2015:
190 with 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Test Taken prior to 2015: 58

Test Taken from 2015:
176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Successful completion of one semester of full-time study of a bachelor degree course at an Australian university
Successful completion of the full first year of a bachelor degree at a recognised university in NZ, UK, Canada or US
Successful completion of Curtin’s English Language Bridging (ELB) course

Courses with a higher English language requirement

IELTS = International English Language Testing System
TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language

Courses
Bachelor of:
IELTS
  TOEFL
 Writing and speakingReading and listeningOverall band scoreTOEFL score    
Education (Early Childhood Education, Education Conversion Course, Primary
Education, Secondary Education)
7.07.07.094 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27
Social Work,
Speech Pathology,Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy
7.07.07.094 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27
Bachelor of Science (Nursing) General6.56.57.094 overall
Reading: 20
Listening: 20
Speaking: 20
Writing: 24
Medical Radiation Science7.07.07.094 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27

Postgraduate entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

English language testScore
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Writing and speaking
Reading and listening
Overall band score
6.0
6.0
6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Reading
Listening
Speaking
Writing
79 (overall)
13
13
18
21
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)58 (some courses may require higher score)
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Test Taken prior to 2015: 58

Test Taken from 2015:
176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Courses with a higher English language requirement

IELTS = International English Language Testing System
TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language

 IELTS  TOEFL
CoursesWriting and speakingReading and listeningOverall bandTOEFL score  
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)7.07.07.5102 overall
Reading: 27
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 24
Physiotherapy
pharmacy, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing and speech pathology courses
7.07.07.094 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27

# English entry for physiotherapy, Nursing, Psychology and Pharmacy courses can be met by IELTS, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and OET. 

Research degree entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

English language testScore
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Writing and speaking
Reading and listening
Overall band score
6.0
6.0
6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Reading
Listening
Speaking
Writing
79 (overall)
13
13
18
21
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)58 (some courses may require higher score)
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Test Taken prior to 2015: 58

Test Taken from 2015: 176 with 166 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Courses with a higher English language requirement

IELTS = International English Language Testing System
TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language

 IELTS   TOEFL
CoursesWriting and speakingReading and listeningOverall band scoreTOEFL score  
HumanitiesWriting 7.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 6.5
6.579 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 20
Speaking: 18
Writing: 27
Health Sciences# Science (Medical Imaging Science)7.07.07.094 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27
Accounting Graduate School of Business
CBS Faculty Agribusiness
6.56.56.5
Information Systems Law
John Curtin Institute of Public Policy
7.07.07.094 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27
Economics and Finance
Management
Marketing
6.56.57.0