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English language competence

To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate or postgraduate-coursework program, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

Do not assume you have met UWA's English Language Competence (ELC) requirements by having undertaken degree studies elsewhere.

Below is the complete list of ways the ELC requirement may be satisfied for admission to UWA for undergraduate and postgraduate-coursework programs. Please note, requirements may be higher for some individual courses.

The ELC requirements for postgraduate research courses are different, so please check carefully.

English tests other than those listed below will not normally be considered. If you are unsure about your qualifications, contact either the Admissions Centre or International Centre for advice.

Without acceptable evidence of English Language Competence (ELC), you will be ineligible for a degree place at UWA. Students who want to study at UWA, but do not have the required level of English language proficiency, may improve their English to required levels at the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching.

Australian

Western Australia
WA Certificate of Education: English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect - Scaled mark of 50 or above, in stage 2 or stage 3.
TEE English/English Literature - Scaled mark of 50 or above
English as a Second Language - Final mark of 66.60 or above (in 2007)
New South Wales (HSC)
English Standard - 50 or above (Band 2 or above)
English Advanced - 50 or above (Band 2 or above)
English Extension 1 - 25 or above (Band E2 or above)
English Extension 2 - 25 or above (Band E2 or above)

Pre-2001:
Contemporary English (2U) - 50 or above
English (General) (2U) - 50 or above
English (2U) - 50 or above
English (3U) - 25 or above
Comparative Literature (2U) - 50 or above
E.S.L. - 70 or above (Band 4 or above)

Queensland (QCE)
English (Must be Board or QSA subjects) - SA or above
ESL - No equivalent
South Australia (SACE) / Northern Territory (NTCE)
English Studies (PES) - 10 or above
English Communications (PAS) - 10 or above
ESL (PES ) - 10 or above
Tasmania (TCE)
English / English Communication - SA or above
English Literature / English Studies - SA or above
Writer's Workshop / English Writing - SA or above
World Literature - SA or above
ESL Stage 4 - SA or above
Victoria (VCE)
English - 25 or above
English Language - 25 or above
Literature - 25 or above
ESL - 25 or above
Australian Capital Territory (ACT Yr 12 Certificate)
English - Scaled mark 125 or above
ESL - Scaled mark 125 or above
Must be 'T' courses taken as a Major, Major/Minor or a Double Major
Combined Universities Language Test (CULT)
Minimum score of 70%
Foundation programs Go8 Universities
A pass in the English paper of a Go8 foundation program
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Scores of Verbal - 140, Written English - 140 (minimum) [New STAT format: from 1 May 2010]
Scores of Verbal - 150, Written English - 145 (minimum) [Previous STAT format: before May 2010]
UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course
Final CELT examination grade B or above
For all Law degrees, a final CELT examination grade of A is required
For UWA Business School Postgraduate degrees, a final CELT examination grade of B+, with a minimum score of B in all bands, is required
For the Master of Social Work, a final CELT examination grade of B+, with no band less than a B+, is required
Degree studies in Australia

Undergraduate entry - at least two successful years of full-time or equivalent degree studies undertaken in Australia.

Postgraduate entry - successful completion of the last two years of full-time or equivalent degree studies undertaken in Australia.

International qualifications

Higher scores are also required for some particular courses (see below) as well as research degrees and international postgraduate scholarships.

International students who want to study at UWA, but do not have the required level of English language proficiency, can improve their English to the required levels at the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching.

Advanced Placement English (USA)

A grade of 3 or higher in AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition

All India Examination (CBSE) and Indian School Certificate (CISCE)

English language components with a minimum grade B2 (CBSE) or 60% (CISCE)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Minimum grade C

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Minimum grade C

Canadian Pre-University (CPU)

Minimum score 65% in English subject ENG4C

Minimum score 50% in English subject ENG4U

Danish Studentereksamen

Level B English: a minimum grade of 10 or above

Level A English: a minimum grade of 02 or above (since 2007). Pre-2007: a minimum grade of 6 or above

Finnish Upper Secondary School Diploma (Lukionpaastotodistus)
Grade 8 or above in English A or English (Advanced)

Pass in the Matriculation examination (Ylioppilastutkinto) in English (Advanced)

GCE A-level

Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature.

Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority (independent and school-assessed A-levels are not sufficient).

GCE AS-level (General Paper)

Minimum grade C awarded by CIE

GCE A-level (Singapore-Cambridge)

Minimum grade E in Knowledge & Inquiry

Minimum grade C in General Paper

GCE O-level (GCSE and IGCSE)

Minimum grade C / C6 in English, English Language, English (First Language) or English Literature.

Minimum grade A in IGCSE English as a Second Language, with grade 1(One) in Oral/Aural Communication.

Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority (independent and school-assessed O-levels are not sufficient).

German Abitur

Minimum grade 3 in German Abitur, in conjunction with a minimum grade B in DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Certificate of Language Proficiency test

Hong Kong A-level Examination (HKALE)

Minimum grade C in 'Literature in English'

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Core English Language - minimum Level 4 or

Literature in English (elective) - minimum Level 3

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score minimum of 6.5, no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)*

For the MBA Flexible and the MBA Full-time a minimum of 7.0 overall with no band less than 6.5 is required

For the Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education, Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education, Master of Health Professional Education (coursework and dissertation)Master of Health Professional Education (thesis and coursework) and the Master of Nursing Science, a minimum overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5 is required

For the Doctor of Clinical DentistryDoctor  of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Graduate Diploma in Dental Studies, the Graduate Diploma in Dentistry, the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology, Master of Manual Therapy and the Master of Social Work, a minimum overall score 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 is required

For the Master of Teaching and Graduate Diploma in Education, a minimum of 7.5 overall with no band less than 7.0, and no less than 8.0 in Speaking and Listening is required

For all Law degrees, a minimum overall score of 7.5 is required, with a minimum of 7.5 in the Reading and Writing bands and 7.0 in the Listening and Speaking bands

For the Master of Pharmacy a minimum overall score of 7.5 with no band less than 7.0 is required

* From 2009 the writing and reading modules must be no less than 6.5 for Postgraduate Research students.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)
English A1 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4

English A2 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4
English B at HL - Minimum score 5

New Zealand - Bursary

English - Minimum score 50

New Zealand - NCEA

Level 2: 8 credit points with at least 'Achievement with Merit' in at least 4 of reading and writing Achievement Standards, of which 3 must be externally assessed, excluding AS90379 and AS90374

Netherlands VWO High School Certificate (Voorbereidend Wetenschappellijk Onderwijs)

Minimum grade 8 in the English component

Norwegian Vitnemål
Minimum grade 4 in the English component
PTE (Academic)

An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. Unless otherwise noted, requirements apply to individual scores for the communicative skills sections which include listening, reading, speaking and/or writing.

Postgraduate Research Studies applicants An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

The Faculty of Law requires an overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 70 in each section.

For the Master of Education an overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 64 in each section is required.

For the Graduate Diploma in Education an overall score of 75 with a minimum score of 70 in each section is required.

Swedish Slutbetyg

Minimum grade VG in the English paper

TOEFL

Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE) of 4.5 and either 230 (Computer-based) or 570 (Paper-based) score

Next Generation TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in the Writing section, and no less than 20 in the other sections

International postgraduate scholarship applicants require a score of 580 (paper based) or 237 (computer-based) with a TWE of 4.5

For all Law degrees, a minimum overall score of 623 (Paper-based) with a TWE of 5 is required; or 263 (computer-based); or 106 (iBT) with minimum score of 28 in iBT Speaking and no less than 26 in the other sections.

For UWA Business School postgraduate degrees, a minimum overall score of 600 (Paper-based) with a TWE of 5 is required; or 250 (computer-based) or 100 (iBT) with a minimum score of 26 in iBT Speaking and no less than 24 in the other sections.

For the Graduate Diploma in Dental Studies, the Graduate Diploma in Dentistry, the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology, and the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry, a minimum overall score of 600 (Paper-based) with a TWE of 5 is required; or 250 (computer-based) or 100 (iBT) with a minimum score of 26 in iBT Speaking and no less than 24 in the other sections.

For the Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education, Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education, Master of Health Professional Education (coursework and dissertation) and the Master of Health Professional Education (thesis and coursework), a minimum overall iBT score of 100 with a minimum score of 26 in speaking and no other band less than 24; OR a minimum of 600 with a TWE of 5.0 in the paper based test.

For the Master of Nursing Science, a minimum overall score of 600 (Paper-based) with a TWE of 5 is required; or 250 (computer-based) or 100 (iBT) with a minimum score of 26 in iBT Speaking and no less than 24 in the other sections.

For the Master of Social Work, a minimum overall score of 600 (Paper-based) with a TWE of 5 is required; or 100 (iBT) with a minimum score of 26 in iBT Speaking and no less than 24 in the other sections.

TOEFL is not accepted for the Master of Manual Therapy, Master of Pharmacy, Master of Teaching and Graduate Diploma in Education.

Overseas secondary studies taught and examined in English

Secondary teaching and examination in English is acceptable if deemed equivalent to Australian matriculation (Year 12) with a pass in the final year English paper, completed within two years of application.

Degree studies taught and examined in English outside Australia

Undergraduate entry: at least two years of successful full-time or equivalent degree studies, undertaken and examined in English outside Australia, and assessed by UWA to be equivalent to Australian degree studies.

Postgraduate entry: successful completion of the last two years of full-time or equivalent degree studies, undertaken and examined in English outside Australia, and assessed by UWA to be equivalent to Australian degree studies.

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