English Prerequisites

Admission to Curtin Malaysia is a two-step process that involves satisfying English prerequisites and also the university’s academic admission requirements. All Curtin courses are taught in English and applicants must demonstrate their competence by meeting requirement as indicated for various proficiency tests below. Please send us an email at International Admissions to check if other English language competency tests or school results satisfy our entry requirements.


ENGLISH QUALIFICATION  SCORE  
Foundation Undergraduate Postgraduate (6)
 IELTS(1) Overall 5.5
(no individual band below 5.0)
Overall 6.5
(no individual band below 6.0)
Overall 6.5
(no individual band below 6.0)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
(IBT)(2)
71 79
(band minimum W-21, L-13, R-13, S-18)
 79
(band minimum W-21, L-13, R-13, S-18)
SPM English(3) B
SPM 1119 English(4) C E
GCE ‘A’ Level E E
GCE ‘O’ Level(5) C C C
      *Results for IELTS and TOEFL are valid for two years
  1. Foundation: Applicants with IELTS 5.0 (no individual band below 4.5) are required to take the Academic English concurrently with the Foundation program.
    Undergraduate: Applicants with IELTS less than 6.5 but achieved 5.5 (no individual band below 5.0) are required to take Curtin University Foundation English Units.
  2. Foundation: Applicants with TOEFL less than 71 but achieved 61 (or above) are required to take the Academic English concurrently with the Foundation program.
    Undergraduate: Applicants with TOEFL less than 79 but achieved 71 (or above) are required to take Curtin University Foundation English Units.
  3. Foundation: Applicants with SPM English ‘C’ are required to take the Academic English concurrently with the Foundation program.
  4. Undergraduate: Applicants with 1119 ‘D’ are required to take Curtin University Foundation English Units.
  5. Foundation: Applicants with GCE ‘O’ Level ‘D’ are required to take the Academic English concurrently with the Foundation program.
    Undergraduate: Applicants with GCE ‘O’ Level ‘D’ are required to take Curtin University Foundation English Units.
  6. Postgraduate by research may be deemed to meet Curtin’s English language requirements based on the completion of a bachelor degree course in which English is the sole language of instruction. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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