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Accepted English proficiency tests

The following tests satisfy our minimum English language requirements for undergraduate, postgraduate and research (HDR) courses.

The test must have been undertaken within two years of application, however, they may be used for entry until the next semester intake.

Update: Applicants who are unable to sit an approved English proficiency test, due to testing centre closures in response to COVID-19, Curtin University accepts approved test result that was undertaken within three years of application. This temporary measure is applicable for applications submitted in 2020 and will be reviewed at the end of the year.

If you have taken a different test, download the English competency equivalents table.pdf [86kB] to view the equivalent scores or marks you need to match the IELTS score for your course.

Note: The tests below do not satisfy English requirements for courses that have specific or higher English language requirements.

wdt_ID Accepted English proficiency tests Minimum criteria
1 IELTS Academic (International English Language Test System) Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Overall score 6.5
2 PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) Listening 50
Reading 50
Writing 50
Speaking 50
Overall score 58
3 TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Internet Based Test)
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (where TOEFL iBT testing is not available)
Reading 13
Listening 13
Speaking 18
Writing 21
Overall score 79
4 TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test) 570 and 4.5 in TWE
5 OET (Occupational English Test) Test taken from September 2018:

Listening 250
Reading 250
Writing 250
Speaking 250
Calculated average score of all components 300

Test taken prior to September 2018:
Listening C+
Reading C+
Writing C+
Speaking C+
6 C1 Advanced Formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
7 C2 Proficiency Formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 190 with 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
8 Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Written English section where only the Written English component was taken, results are valid for two years from the date of testing, however maybe used for entry until the next immediate semester intake. STAT format from 1 May 2010: 140

Previous STAT format between 1996 to April 2010: 145
9 Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Band 4 is required to meet IELTS 6.0 (6.0); Band 4 and no less than 200 in aggregate score is required to meet IELTS 6.5 (6.0); Band 5 is required to meet IELTS 7.0 (7.0).
10 Germany DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) B2 (4 stars) in meeting minimum English (i.e. IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0); or with C 1 (5 stars) in meeting higher English criteria.

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