English prerequisites

Part of the entry requirements into Curtin Singapore is English proficiency. The minimum English language requirements are outlined below.

Approved English proficiency test

English language testDiploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2) Undergraduate - ArtsUndergraduate - CommerceUndergraduate - NursingPostgraduate
IELTS Academic5.5 (no band below 5.0)5.5 (no band below 5.5)
6.0 (no band below 6.0)*
6.5 (no band below 6.0)
6.5 (no band below 6.0)/6.0 (no band below 6.0) - From 2019
7.0 (no band below 6.5)
6.5 (no band below 6.0)
7.0 (no band below 7.0^
TOEFL iBT54 (R7, L6, S15, W17)54 (R12, L11, S17, W20)
70 (R13, L12, S18, W21)*
79 (R13, L13, S18, W21)79 (R13, L13, S18, W21)/68 (R13, L13, S18, W21) - From 201994 (R20, L20, S20, W24)79 (R13, L13, S18, W21)
99 (R24, L24, S23, W27)^
PTE Academic42 (no score below 36)42 (no score below 42)
50 (no score less than 50)*
58 (no score less than 50)58 (no score less than 50) 65 (no score less than 58)58 (no score less than 50)
65 (no score less than 65)^
Pearson Versant English Placement Test50 (no score below 46)50 (no score below 50)
56 (no score less than 56)*
N/AN/AN/AN/A

* Minimum score for Curtin College Diploma of Arts and Creative Industries (Stage 2) program.

^Minimum score for Curtin University health sciences postgraduate programs.

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

Acceptable secondary qualifications (English language proficiency for undergraduate course)

The results must have been released within five years of application, with the exception of GCSE, IGCSE, GCE AS and A Level, International Baccalaureate Diploma, and approved secondary qualifications undertaken and awarded in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Country/regionAccepted
qualifications
English requirementMust be
completed
within
5 years of
application
AustraliaWestern Australia Certificate of Education (WACE)A scaled mark of 50 or above in one of the following subjects:
- English ATAR (from 2016)
- Literature ATAR (from 2016)
- English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR (from 2016)
- Stage 2 or 3 English
- Stage 2 or 3 Literature
- Stage 2 or 3 English as an Additional
Language/Dialect (EALD)
- TEE English
- TEE English Literature
- TEE English as a Second Language (ESL)
No
AQF Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree awarded by an Australian registered training organisationSuccessful completion.No
DenmarkDanish upper secondary school (STX, HHX, HTX, and HF)English A – minimum grade 4
English B – minimum grade 7
Yes
FinlandYlioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination)Grade of “Cum laude approbatur” in English (Advanced)Yes
GermanyAbitur (Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife)Grade of 4 or better in EnglishYes
Germany DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)B2 (4 stars) in meeting minimum English2 years
Hong KongHong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)Level 4 or above (4, 5, 5* or 5**) in the core subject English LanguageYes
IndiaIndian School Certificate; or All India Senior School Certificate60% in English subjectYes
MalaysiaSPMC6 or better in GCE-O Level 1119 Bahasa Inggeris (English)Yes
NorwayVitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Norwegian Certificate of Upper Secondary Education)Grade of 4 or better (4, 5 or 6) in English subjectYes
SingaporeSingapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level and A-LevelGrade of C or better in O-Level English, English Literature or English Language; General Paper (H1 Level) or Knowledge and Inquiry (H2 Level)No
Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Specialist Diploma awarded by a PolytechnicSuccessful completion.No
Sri LankaSri Lankan General Certificate of Education Ordinary level or Advanced levelC (Credit Pass) in English, General EnglishYes
SwedenAvgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från GymnasieskolaGrade C in English C subjectYes
United StatesACTComposite Score of 21No
Advanced Placement (AP) examinationsA grade of 3 or higher in English Language and Composition; or English Literature and CompositionNo
SAT (test sat from 2016)A combined score of at least 1000 out of 1600 in the Evidence based Reading and Writing and Math in the SAT from the same sitting, with a minimum of 400 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing section and 400 in Math section.No
Non-country/region specificGCSE/IGCSE/GCE Ordinary Level GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level
(from a United Kingdom examination authority (CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC or CCEA)
Grade C or better in one of the following subjects:
English, English Literature, English Language, First Language English, English General Paper or English as Second Language
No
GCE Advanced Level
(from a United Kingdom examination authority(CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC or CCEA)
Grade E or better in one of the following subjects:
English, English Literature, English Language, First Language English, English General Paper or English as Second Language
No
International Baccalaureate (IB) DiplomaGrade of 4 or above in one of the following subjects:
- English A: Literature (SL) or (HL);
- English A: Language and Literature (SL) or (HL);
- Literature and Performance (SL);
- English A1 (SL) or (HL);
- English A2 (SL) or (HL);
- English B (HL).
No

Acceptable tertiary qualifications (English language proficiency for postgraduate course)

  • Successful completion of one semester full-time (equivalent to 0.5 EFTSL) of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree level study at a recognised university in Australia;
  • Successful completion of at least one year full-time of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree level study at a recognised university in Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America;
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree from a recognised overseas University, assessed by Curtin University as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Bachelor or Master Degree in which Curtin University recognised English is the sole language of instruction.

These entry requirements are a guide only and other evidence of English proficiency may be considered. Please be advised some courses have specific English requirement criteria, refer to the course page for specific entry requirement.

Students from countries not listed should contact the Admissions Office at Curtin Singapore on admissions@curtin.edu.sg for further details.

English programs

If you do not satisfy the English language requirements, you may be able to undertake an English program at Curtin Singapore prior to joining an academic program. English programs are delivered on campus by Navitas English.