Macquarie University

English language proficiency

Macquarie University recognises a number of English language tests as proof of English language proficiency. These are set out in the following tables, together with the minimum results required.

Highlighted English language proficiency requirements have been updated since applications opened. Confirm all requirements with Macquarie University.

Make sure you also read about qualifications that usually satisfy ELP.

Undergraduate

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Australian Year 12 Award of an Australian Year 12 certificate with pass in English Advanced or its equivalent – ATAR not required
Macquarie University Foundation Program

Satisfactory completion of a one-year Australian tertiary preparation program (unless the applicant completes an approved tertiary preparation program which is less than one year full-time)

TOEFL Internet-based score: 105 overall (min. 26 in speaking, 28 in listening, 27 in writing, 24 in reading) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.5 overall (min. 7.0 in reading and writing, 8.0 in listening and speaking) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 73 overall (min. 65 in reading and writing, 79 in listening and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

Nov 2012 session & earlier: English A2 at higher level

May 2013 session & onwards: Grade 6 in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature at higher level OR Grade 7 in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature at standard level

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

A pass in one of the following humanities subjects at full Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) Level: Ancient History/Classical Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Citizenship Studies, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking (formerly Critical and Contextual Studies), Economics, English (English Language/English Literature), Film Studies, General Studies, Global Perspectives and Research, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Media Studies (Media is not a humanities subject), Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Policies, Sociology, Drama and Theatre, World Development

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 191 (min. 185 in reading and writing, 200 in listening and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)

191 (min. 185 in reading and writing, 200 in listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKALE

A pass in Use of English

HKDSE

5* in English language

Australian TAFE and private

Completed AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma

UNSW Foundation Year Completion of program with A- pass in Academic English
ANU College Foundation Studies Program 85% in Academic English or Advanced Academic English
University of Sydney Foundation A
Monash Foundation 80%+ in English
Macquarie English Language Centre's Direct Entry English Program Completed program with pass
Units at non-award level at Macquarie University Completion of four (4) units
English for Academic Purposes program at an approved AQF provider

Completed AQF Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes with required grade. Contact Macquarie University Admissions Office if you have successfully completed an EAP program at the following institutions: Macquarie English Language Centre Kaplan Aspect Sydney Manly Sydney English Language Centre (SELC) ELS Universal English College (UEC).

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Australian Year 12 Award of an Australian Year 12 certificate with pass in English Advanced or its equivalent – ATAR not required
Macquarie University Foundation Program Satisfactory completion of a one-year Australian tertiary preparation program (unless the applicant completes an approved tertiary preparation program which is less than one year full-time)
TOEFL

Internet-based score: 100 overall (min. 24 in writing, 19 in reading, 20 in listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 6.5 in each subtest) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 58 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

Nov 2012 session & earlier: English A2 at higher level

May 2013 session & onwards: Grade 5 in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature at higher level OR Grade 6 in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature at standard level

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

B pass in one of the following humanities subjects at full Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level: Ancient History/Classical Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Citizenship Studies, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking (formerly Critical and Contextual Studies), Economics, English (English Language/English Literature), Film Studies, General Studies, Global Perspectives and Research, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Media Studies (Media is not a humanities subject), Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Policies, Sociology, Drama and Theatre, World Development

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

185 (min. 176 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)

185 (min. 176 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKALE B pass Use of English
HKDSE 5 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma
UNSW Foundation Year Completion of program with B pass in Academic English
ANU College Foundation Studies Program 80% in Academic English or Advanced Academic English
University of Queensland Foundation 80% in Academic English for University Studies
University of Sydney Foundation C
University of Western Australia Foundation 80% in English
Monash Foundation 80% in English
Macquarie English Language Centre's University Entry English Preparation Program (Human Sciences, Arts & Sciences) Completed program with Credit in overall and Pass in writing
Units at non-award level at Macquarie University Completion of four (4) units
English for Academic Purposes program at an approved AQF provider

Completed AQF Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes with required grade. Contact Macquarie University Admissions Office if you have successfully completed an EAP program at the following institutions: Macquarie English Language Centre Kaplan Aspect Sydney Manly Sydney English Language Centre (SELC) ELS Universal English College (UEC).

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Australian Year 12 Award of an Australian Year 12 certificate with pass in English Advanced or its equivalent – ATAR not required
Macquarie University Foundation Program Satisfactory completion of a one year Australian tertiary preparation program (unless the applicant completes an approved tertiary preparation program which is less than one year full time)
TOEFL

For Diploma & Intensive Program: Internet-based score: 73 overall (min. 16 in speaking, 11 in listening, 19 in writing, 12 in reading)

For Standard Foundation:
Internet-based score: 66 overall (min. 14 in speaking, 9 in listening, 16 in writing, 10 in reading)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS

For Diploma & Intensive Program: 6.0 overall (min. 5.5 in each subtest)

For Standard Foundation: 5.5 overall (min. 5.0 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic

For Diploma & Intensive Program: 57 overall (min. 49 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

For Standard Foundation: 49 overall (min. 41 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

For Diploma & Intensive Program: English A: Literature or English A: Language and Literature at standard or higher level OR Grade 3 at higher level or grade 4 at standard level in English B

For Standard Foundation: English A: Literature or English A: Language and Literature at Standard or higher level OR Grade 3 at higher or standard level in English B

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

D pass in English

GCSE/GCE 'O' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

For Diploma & Intensive Program: not accepted

For Standard Foundation: D pass in English

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

Diploma & Intensive Program: 169

Standard Foundation: 162

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE, only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Diploma & Intensive Program: 169

Standard Foundation: 162

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKDSE

For Diploma & Intensive Program: 3 in English language

For Standard Foundation: Top half of cohort from a band 1 and band 2 school; top third of cohort from a band 3 and band 4 school

Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes) or completed Advanced Certificate or completed AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma
UNSW Foundation Year

For Diploma and Intensive Program: completion of program with C pass in Academic English

For Standard Foundation: completion of program with C- pass in Academic English

Macquarie English Language Centre's English Language Program Minimum of Pass in overall score and Pass in Writing
English for Academic Purposes program at an approved AQF provider

Completed AQF Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes with required grade. Contact Macquarie University Admissions Office if you have successfully completed an EAP program at the following institutions: Macquarie English Language Centre Ability English Australian International College of English (AICE) Australian Pacific College INSEARCH Kaplan Aspect Sydney Manly Sydney English Language Centre (SELC) ELS Universal English College (UEC) University of NSW Institute of Languages Greenwich College.

Other Visit Macquarie University English Requirement page for more information

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Australian Year 12 Award of an Australian Year 12 certificate with pass in English Advanced or its equivalent – ATAR not required
Macquarie University Foundation Program Satisfactory completion of a one year Australian tertiary preparation program (unless the applicant completes an approved tertiary preparation program which is less than one year full time)
TOEFL

Internet-based score: 83 overall (min. 18 in speaking, 12 in listening, 21 in writing, 13 in reading)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 58 overall (min. 50 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

Nov 2012 session & earlier: English A2 at higher level

May 2013 session & onwards: Grade 4 at higher level or Grade 5 at standard level in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature OR Grade 7 at higher level in English B

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

C pass in one of the following humanities subjects at full Advanced (A2) or Higher 2 (H2) level: Ancient History/Classical Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Citizenship Studies, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking (formerly Critical and Contextual Studies), Economics, English (English Language/English Literature), Film Studies, General Studies, Global Perspectives and Research, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Media Studies (Media is not a humanities subject), Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Policies, Sociology, Drama and Theatre, World Development

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

180 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 180 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Malaysian STPM C pass in English in Literature or 6C in SPM1119 English
HKALE C pass in Use of English
HKDSE 4 in English language
Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma
UNSW Foundation Year Completion of program with C+ pass in Academic English
ANU College Foundation Studies Program 65% in Academic English or Advanced Academic English
University of Queensland Foundation 65% in Academic English for University Studies
University of Sydney Foundation C
University of Western Australia Foundation 65% in English
University of Adelaide C
Monash Foundation 65% in English
Macquarie English Language Centre's English Language Program Completed program with pass
Units at non-award level at Macquarie University Completion of four (4) units
English for Academic Purposes program at an approved AQF provider

Completed AQF Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes with required grade. Contact Macquarie University Admissions Office if you have successfully completed an EAP program at the following institutions: Macquarie English Language Centre Ability English Australian International College of English (AICE) Australian Pacific College INSEARCH Kaplan Aspect Sydney Manly Sydney English Language Centre (SELC) ELS Universal English College (UEC) University of NSW Institute of Languages Greenwich College

International Year 12s

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL Internet-based score: 105 overall (min. 26 in speaking, 28 in listening, 27 in writing, 24 in reading) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.5 overall (min. 7.0 in reading and writing, 8.0 in listening and speaking) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 73 overall (min. 65 in reading and writing, 79 in listening and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate Not accepted
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 191 (min. 185 in reading and writing, 200 in listening and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)

191 (min. 185 in reading and writing, 200 in listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
Australian Year 12 Award of an Australian Year 12 certificate with pass in English Advanced or its equivalent – ATAR not required.
Macquarie University Foundation Program Satisfactory completion of a one year Australian tertiary preparation program (unless the applicant completes an approved tertiary preparation program which is less than one year full time)
TOEFL

For Diploma & Intensive Program: Internet-based score: 73 overall (min. 16 in speaking, 11 in listening, 19 in writing, 12 in reading)

For Standard Foundation: Internet-based score: 66 overall (min. 14 in speaking, 9 in listening, 16 in writing, 10 in reading)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS

For Diploma & Intensive Program: 6.0 overall (min. 5.5 in each subtest)

For Standard Foundation: 5.5 overall (min, 5.0 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic

For Diploma & Intensive Program: 57 overall (min. 49 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

For Standard Foundation: 49 overall (min. 41 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

For Diploma & Intensive Program: English A: Literature or English A: Language and Literature at standard or higher level OR Grade 3 at higher level or grade 4 at standard level in English B

For Standard Foundation: English A: Literature or English A: Language and Literature at Standard or higher level OR Grade 3 at higher or standard level in English B

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

D pass in English

GCSE/GCE 'O' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

For Diploma & Intensive Program: not accepted

For Standard Foundation: D pass in English

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

Diploma & Intensive Program: 169

Standard Foundation: 162

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE), only results obtained since 1 January 2018)

Diploma & Intensive Program: 169

Standard Foundation: 162

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKDSE

For Diploma & Intensive Program: 3 in English language

For Standard Foundation: top half of cohort from a band 1 and band 2 school; top third of cohort from a band 3 and band 4 school

Australian TAFE and private provider studies Completed AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes) or completed Advanced Certificate or completed AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma
UNSW Foundation Year

For Diploma and Intensive Program: completion of program with C pass in Academic English

For Standard Foundation: completion of program with C- pass in Academic English

Macquarie English Language Centre's English Language Program Minimum of Pass in overall score and Pass in Writing
English for Academic Purposes program at an approved AQF provider

Completed AQF Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes with required grade. Contact Macquarie University Admissions Office if you have successfully completed an EAP program at the following institutions: Macquarie English Language Centre Ability English Australian International College of English (AICE) Australian Pacific College INSEARCH Kaplan Aspect Sydney Manly Sydney English Language Centre (SELC) ELS Universal English College (UEC) University of NSW Institute of Languages Greenwich College.

Other Visit Macquarie University English Requirement page for more information

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

For Diploma & Intensive Program:
Internet-based score: 73 overall (min. 16 in speaking, 11 in listening, 19 in writing, 12 in reading)

For Standard Foundation: Internet-based score: 66 overall (min. 14 in speaking, 9 in listening, 16 in writing, 10 in reading)
Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS

For Diploma & Intensive Program: 6.0 overall (min. 5.5 in each subtest)

For Standard Foundation: 5.5 overall (min. 5.0 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic

For Diploma & Intensive Program: 57 overall (min. 49 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

For Standard Foundation: 49 overall (min. 41 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

For Diploma & Intensive Program:
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

For Standard Foundation:
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

Diploma must be awarded
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

Diploma & Intensive Program: 169 overall (min. 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking)

Standard Foundation: 162 overall (min. 154 in reading, writing, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)

Diploma & Intensive Program: 169 overall (min. 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking)

Standard Foundation: 162 overall (min. 154 in reading, writing, listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Internet-based score: 83 overall (min. 18 in speaking, 12 in listening, 21 in writing, 13 in reading)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 58 overall (min. 50 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

English A Literature or English A Language & Literature at Standard or Higher Level

OR

English B at Higher Level with a Grade of 4 more; English B at Standard Level with a Grade of 5 or more

Diploma must be awarded
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 180 (min. 169 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)

180 (min. 169 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Postgraduate

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: not accepted

Internet-based score: 105 overall (min. 26 in speaking, 28 in listening, 27 in writing, 24 in reading)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.5 overall (min. 7.0 in reading and writing, 8.0 in listening and speaking) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 73 overall (min. 65 in reading and writing, 79 in listening and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

May 2013 session & onwards:
Grade 6 at higher level in English A: Literature/English A: Language & Literature

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

UK A Levels: A* in English (English Language/English Literature) at full Advanced (A2) Level

Singapore A Levels: not accepted

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

191

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 191 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKDSE

5** in English language

HKALE A pass in Use of English

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Internet-based score: 100 overall (min. 23 in speaking, 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS

7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic

65 overall (min. 65 in all Communicative skills)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

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Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: not accepted

Internet-based score: 100 overall (min. 23 in speaking, 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 65 in all Communicative skills) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: not accepted

Internet-based score: 100 overall (min. 20 in speaking and listening, 24 in writing, 19 in reading)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 6.5 in each subtest) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 58 in all Communicative skills) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

May 2013 session & onwards:
Grade 5 at higher level in English A: Literature/English A: Language & Literature

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

UK A Levels: A in English (English Language/English Literature) at full Advanced (A2) Level

Singapore A Levels: A in English Language and Linguistics/Literature in English at Higher (H2) Level

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

185

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 185 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKDSE 5* in English language
HKALE B pass in Use of English

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: not accepted

Internet-based score: 100 overall (min. 27 in writing, 19 in reading, 20 in listening and speaking)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in speaking, listening and reading) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 65 overall (min. 65 in writing, 58 in listening, reading and speaking) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

May 2013 session & onwards:
Grade 5 at higher level in English A: Literature/English A: Language & Literature

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

UK A Levels: A in English (English Language/English Literature) at full Advanced (A2) Level

Singapore A Levels: A in English Language and Linguistics/Literature in English at Higher (H2) Level

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) 185 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 185 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKDSE 5* in English language
HKALE B pass in Use of English

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: not accepted

Internet-based score: 100 overall (min. 23 in speaking, 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS

7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in each subtest)

Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic

65 overall (min. 65 in all Communicative skills)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
Other

As per the mandatory registration standards, you may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • at least 2 years of secondary education that was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country; and
  • tertiary qualifications on which you are relying to support your eligibility for registration under National Law, which were taught and assessed sole in English in a recognised country; or
  • other pathways as specified by AHPRA.

For more information, visit the Psychology Board of Australia website.

Test/Qualification Minimum result required Conditions
TOEFL

Paper-based score: not accepted

Internet-based score: 83 overall (min. 18 in speaking, 12 in listening, 21 in writing, 13 in reading)

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) Only Academic version results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
PTE Academic 58 overall (min. 50 in all Communicative skills) Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
International Baccalaureate

May 2013 session & onwards:

Grade 4 at higher level in English A: Literature/English A: Language & Literature

Grade 7 at higher level in English B

Diploma must be awarded
GCE 'A' Levels (from UK or Singapore)

UK A Levels: B in English (English Language/English Literature) at full Advanced (A2) Level

Singapore A Levels: B in English Language and Linguistics/Literature in English at Higher (H2) Level

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

180

Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) 180 Only results obtained within 2 years of the course start date
HKDSE 5 in English language
HKALE C pass in Use of English
TAFE

Completed AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma

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