English language proficiency requirements

The University of Notre Dame Australia requires all applicants (Domestic and International) to achieve minimum academic and English language proficiency standards/requirements. This ensures that applicants are sufficiently prepared academically and competent in the English language, allowing them to participate effectively in their chosen program and achieve the expected program outcomes.

Applicants can demonstrate their English language proficiency by completing an English language test or through previous secondary or tertiary study. To ensure that students have a good chance of succeeding at Notre Dame, the University sets minimum English language proficiency standards as outlined below. The University reserves the right to request any applicant to sit an English Proficiency test or to undertake an Academic English Bridging program as a condition of their Offer.

  • Accepted secondary qualifications

    Secondary School Qualifications can only be used to satisfy English entry requirements for the following Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) Philosophy & Theology.

    For Schools and Programs not listed here, refer to the School-specific detail (below).

    Applicants for Programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) and Philosophy & Theology, who have completed secondary schooling in Australia, can demonstrate their English language proficiency as follows:

    State
    (Qualification)
    Accepted score
    IB Diploma A grade of 4 or above in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature at higher level or standard level
    A grade of 5 or above in English B at higher level
    ACT
    (Year 12 Certificate)
    Scaled mark of 125 or above in one of the following courses (taken as a Major, Major/Minor or a Double Major): English, English International or English as a Second Language
    New South Wales
    (HSC)
    50% or above in English Standard or English Advanced
    Band 2 or above in English Extension 1, English Extension 2, or English as a Second Language
    Northern Territory
    (NTCET)
    C- or above in English Literacy Studies or English as an Additional Language
    Queensland
    (QCE)
    Sound Achievement (SA) or above in English, English Extension or English for ESL Learners
    South Australia
    (SACE)
    C- or above in English Literacy Studies or English as an Additional Language
    Tasmania
    (TCE)
    Satisfactory Achievement (SA) or above in English/English Communications, English Literature, English Writing or English as a Second Language or Dialect
    Victoria
    (VCE)
    25 or above in English, English Language, Literature or English as a Second Language/Additional Language
    Western Australia
    (WACE)
    Scaled mark of 50 or above in ATAR English, ATAR English Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect
  • International secondary school qualifications

    International Secondary School Qualifications can only be used to satisfy English entry requirements for the following Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) and Philosophy & Theology.

    For Schools and Programs not listed here, refer to the School-specific detail (below).

    Applicants for Programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) and Philosophy & Theology, who have completed international secondary schooling qualifications, can demonstrate their English language proficiency as follows:

    GCE O Levels

    A minimum grade of C or better in English Language or Literature in English

    Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority

    GCE A Levels

    A minimum grade of C or better in the General Paper, English Language, English Language & Literature or English Literature

    Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority

    IB Diploma

    English A: grade of 4 or above; Language & Literature: grade of 4 or above.

    Literature at higher level (HL) or standard level (SL);

    Literature and Performance (SL);
    English A1 (SL) or (HL);
    English A2 (SL) or (HL);
    English B (HL).

    New Zealand (Bursary)

    50 or above in English

    New Zealand (NCEA)

    A minimum of 8 achieved credits at Level 2 or 3 in English, with at least 4 achieved credits in Reading and 4 achieved credits in Writing

    United Kingdom

    Passing grade in English

    Republic of Ireland

    A minimum of grade of 5 in English at Ordinary Level

    Canada

    Passing grade in English, in addition to studies solely taught in English. Grade of 60% or better in final year English subject.

    Singapore

    Grade of C or better in 'O' level English, English Literature or English Language; General Paper (H1 Level) or Knowledge and Inquiry (H2 Level)

    South Africa

    Level 4 (50%) in English Home Language or Level 5 (60%) in English First Additional Language

    United States of America

    ACT

    Composite Score of 21

    Advanced Placement (AP) examinations

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

    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.

    SAT (test sat between 2005-2015)

    A combined score of at least 1500 out of 2400 in the Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing sections in the SAT Reasoning Test from the same sitting, with a minimum of 460 in each section

  • International secondary qualifications where English is a subject

    International secondary qualifications where English is a Subject can only be used to satisfy English entry requirements for the following Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) Philosophy & Theology.

    For Schools and Programs not listed here, refer to the School-specific detail (below).

    Applicants for Programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) and Philosophy & Theology, who have completed international secondary qualifications where English is a subject, can demonstrate their English language proficiency as follows:

    English language requirements for admissions from senior secondary qualifications undertaken in a language other than English but where English is a subject:

    Danish Studentereksamen

    A minimum score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B

    Dutch Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

    A minimum grade of 8 in final year English

    Finnish Upper Secondary School Certificate

    A minimum score of 8 in English or English A

    German Abitur

    A minimum grade of at least 3 or 7 points in English or a minimum grade of B in all sections of the DAAD language test

    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

    A minimum Level 4 or above in English Language or Literature in English

    Norwegian Vitnemal

    A minimum grade of 4 in English

    Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM)

    A minimum grade of C in Literature in English (920)

    Scotland (Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) National Course)

    * Grade 1 or 2 in Standard Grade Credit English (SCQF Level 5) (discontinued);
    * Grade 1 or 2 in National 5 English (SCQF Level 5);
    * At least Grade C in Higher English (SCQF Level 6);
    * At least Grade D in Advanced Higher English (SCQF Level 7).

    Swedish Högskoleförberedande Examen

    A grade of VG or C in English 6

  • Accepted vocational qualifications

    Accepted Vocational Qualifications can only be used to satisfy English entry requirements for the following Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) Philosophy & Theology.

    For Schools and Programs not listed here, refer to the School-specific detail (below).

    Applicants for Programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) and Philosophy & Theology, who have completed an accepted Vocational qualification can demonstrate their English language proficiency as follows:

    Country

    Accepted qualifications

    Australia

    AQF Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree awarded by an Australian registered training organisation

    New Zealand

    National Diploma (awarded before 2003);
    Diploma NQF Level 5 or above (awarded from 2003)

    Singapore

    Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Specialist Diploma awarded by a Polytechnic

    South Africa

    National Higher Certificate, National Diploma, National Higher Diploma

    United Kingdom

    Higher National Certificate;
    Higher National Diploma;
    Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Level 4 or 5 Diploma;
    National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 4 or 5 qualification;
    Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 4 or 5 qualification

    United States of
    America

    Two year full-time Associate degree awarded by a regionally-accredited
    institution

  • Accepted tertiary qualifications 

    Accepted Tertiary Qualifications can only be used to satisfy English entry requirements for the following Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) Philosophy & Theology.

    For Schools and Programs not listed here, refer to the School-specific detail (below).

    Applicants for Programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Health Sciences (except Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Primary and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education Secondary) and Philosophy & Theology, who have completed an accepted Tertiary qualification can demonstrate their English language proficiency as follows:

    • At a recognised university where the sole language of instruction and assessment was English and the qualification is assessed by Notre Dame to be equivalent to Australian degree studies:
      • Successful completion of at least one semester full time or equivalent of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework level study at a recognised University in New Zealand, Republic of Ireland or United Kingdom; or
      • Successful completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework level recognised University in Canada, Singapore, South Africa or United States of America; or
      • Successful completion of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree (Bachelor or Masters) taught in English, assessed and deemed equivalent to an Australian Bachelor or Masters by Notre Dame.
      • Note: The University reserves the right to request any applicant to sit an English Proficiency test or to undertake an Academic English Bridging program as a condition of their Offer.

    The above studies should be completed within two years prior to application to The University of Notre Dame.

  • Arts & Sciences

    English proficiency requirements for undergraduate degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic 6.5 overall, with no individual band score lower than 6.0
    CAE/CPE 176 overall, with no individual band score lower than 169
    PTE Academic 58 overall, with no individual band score lower than 50
    TOEFL (iBT) 84 overall, with no score lower than 21 in writing and no other band score lower than 17

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate coursework degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic 6.5 overall, with no writing score lower than 6.5 and no other individual band score lower than 6.0
    CAE/CPE 176 overall, with no score lower than 176 in writing and no other band score lower than 169
    PTE Academic 58 overall, with no score lower than 58 in writing and no other band score lower than 50
    TOEFL (iBT) 84 overall, with no score lower than 22 in writing and no other band score lower than 17

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy

    IELTS Academic 7.0 overall, with no score lower than 7.0 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 6.5
    CAE/CPE 185 overall, with no score lower than 185 in writing and no other band score lower than 176
    PTE Academic 68 overall, with no score lower than 68 in writing and no other band score lower than 58
    TOEFL (iBT) 94 overall, with no score lower than 27 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 20
  • Business

    English proficiency requirements for undergraduate degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    6.5 overall, with no individual band score lower than 6.0

    CAE/CPE

    176 overall, with no individual band score lower than 169

    PTE Academic

    58 overall, with no individual band score lower than 50

    TOEFL (iBT)

    84 overall, with no score lower than 21 in writing and no other band score lower than 17

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate coursework degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    6.5 overall, with no writing score lower than 6.5 and no other individual band score lower than 6.0

    CAE/CPE

    176 overall, with no score lower than 176 in writing and no other band score lower than 169

    PTE Academic

    58 overall, with no score lower than 58 in writing and no other band score lower than 50

    TOEFL (iBT)

    84 overall, with no score lower than 22 in writing and no other band score lower than 17

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no score lower than 7.0 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 6.5

    CAE/CPE

    185 overall, with no score lower than 185 in writing and no other band score lower than 176

    PTE Academic

    68 overall, with no score lower than 68 in writing and no other band score lower than 58

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94 overall, with no score lower than 27 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 20

  • Health Sciences

    English proficiency requirements for undergraduate degrees with the exception of Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Secondary).  All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    6.5 overall, with no individual band score lower than 6.0

    CAE/CPE

    176 overall, with no individual band score lower than 169

    PTE Academic

    58 overall, with no individual band score lower than 50

    TOEFL (iBT)

    84 overall, with no score lower than 21 in writing and no other band score lower than 17

    Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Secondary)

    IELTS Academic

    7.5 overall, with no score lower than 8.0 in speaking and listening, and no score lower than 7.0 in reading and writing

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate coursework degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    6.5 overall, with no writing score lower than 6.5 and no other individual band score lower than 6.0

    CAE/CPE

    176 overall, with no score lower than 176 in writing and no other band score lower than 169

    PTE Academic

    58 overall, with no score lower than 58 in writing and no other band score lower than 50

    TOEFL (iBT)

    84 overall, with no score lower than 22 in writing and no other band score lower than 17

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no score lower than 7.0 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 6.5

    CAE/CPE

    185 overall, with no score lower than 185 in writing and no other band score lower than 176

    PTE Academic

    68 overall, with no score lower than 68 in writing and no other band score lower than 58

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94 overall, with no score lower than 27 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 20

  • Philosophy & Theology

    English proficiency requirements for undergraduate degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    6.5 overall, with no individual band score lower than 6.0

    CAE/CPE

    176 overall, with no individual band score lower than 169

    PTE Academic

    58 overall, with no individual band score lower than 50

    TOEFL (iBT)

    84 overall, with no score lower than 21 in writing and no other band score lower than 17

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate coursework degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    6.5 overall, with no writing score lower than 6.5 and no other individual band score lower than 6.0

    CAE/CPE

    176 overall, with no score lower than 176 in writing and no other band score lower than 169

    PTE Academic

    58 overall, with no score lower than 58 in writing and no other band score lower than 50

    TOEFL (iBT)

    84 overall, with no score lower than 22 in writing and no other band score lower than 17

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no score lower than 7.0 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 6.5

    CAE/CPE

    185 overall, with no score lower than 185 in writing and no other band score lower than 176

    PTE Academic

    68 overall, with no score lower than 68 in writing and no other band score lower than 58

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94 overall, with no score lower than 27 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 20

  • Education

    All Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    7.5 overall, with no score lower than 8.0 in speaking and listening, and no score lower than 7.0 in reading and writing

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees**Please note: these programs do not result in a teaching accreditation

    Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no score lower than 7.0 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 6.5

    CAE/CPE

    185 overall, with no score lower than 185 in writing and no other band score lower than 176

    PTE Academic

    68 overall, with no score lower than 68 in writing and no other band score lower than 58

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94 overall, with no score lower than 27 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 20

  • Law

    English proficiency requirements for undergraduate degrees

    Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    7.5 overall, with no score lower than 7.5 in writing and no other band score lower than 7.0

    CAE/CPE

    191 overall, with no score lower than 191 in writing and no other band score lower than 185

    PTE Academic

    76 overall, with no score lower than 76 in writing and no other band score lower than 68

    TOEFL (iBT)

    105 overall, with no score lower than 28 in writing and no other band score lower than 24

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate coursework degrees

    Master of Laws

    *Please note: these programs do not result in a legal registration

    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    6.5 overall, with no writing score lower than 6.5 and no other individual band score lower than 6.0

    CAE/CPE

    176 overall, with no score lower than 176 in writing and no other band score lower than 169

    PTE Academic

    58 overall, with no score lower than 58 in writing and no other band score lower than 50

    TOEFL (iBT)

    84 overall, with no score lower than 22 in writing and no other band score lower than 17

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees
    *Please note: these programs do not result in an accreditation
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no score lower than 7.0 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 6.5

    CAE/CPE

    185 overall, with no score lower than 185 in writing and no other band score lower than 176

    PTE Academic

    68 overall, with no score lower than 68 in writing and no other band score lower than 58

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94 overall, with no score lower than 27 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 20

  • Medicine

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate coursework degrees

    Doctor of Medicine

    For international applicants applying for the Doctor of Medicine (Sydney Campus only), Notre Dame accepts the following as meeting English proficiency entry requirements for the Doctor of Medicine:

    English as primary language

    • All primary and secondary education was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, or;
    • You have a combination of secondary and tertiary qualifications, where you have undertaken:
      • At least two years of your secondary education was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, and
      • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant professional discipline were taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, or;
    • You have undertaken and satisfactorily completed at least six years’ FTE continuous education taught and assessed solely in English in any of the recognised countries, including tertiary qualifications in a relevant professional discipline.

    English language tests

    The following tests must be completed within two years prior to applying to the University:

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no individual band score lower than 7.0

    OET

    B in all sections

    PTE Academic

    65 overall, with no individual band score lower than 65

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94, with no score lower than 24 in reading and listening, no score lower than 23 in speaking, and no score lower than 27 in writing

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees**Please note: these programs do not result in an accreditation
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no score lower than 7.0 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 6.5

    CAE/CPE

    185 overall, with no score lower than 185 in writing and no other band score lower than 176

    PTE Academic

    68 overall, with no score lower than 68 in writing and no other band score lower than 58

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94 overall, with no score lower than 27 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 20

  • Nursing & Midwifery

    English proficiency requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees

    English as primary language

    • Demonstrate English is your primary Language by demonstrating attendance and  satisfactory completion of at least five years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, including at least two years in secondary; or
    • Demonstrate five years FTE continuous study at registered/accredited secondary, vocational (certificate IV or higher) and/or tertiary institution taught and assessed in English from a recognised country, completed in the previous two years, immediately preceding proposed commencement of study at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no individual band score lower than 7.0

    OET

    B in all sections

    PTE Academic

    65, with no individual band score lower than 65

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94, with no score lower than 24 in reading and listening, no lower than 23 in speaking, and no lower than 27 in writing

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate coursework degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no individual band score lower than 7.0

    OET

    B in all sections

    PTE Academic

    65, with no individual band score lower than 65

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94, with no score lower than 24 in reading and listening, no lower than 23 in speaking, and no lower than 27 in writing

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees

    **Please note: these programs do not result in an accreditation
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no score lower than 7.0 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 6.5

    CAE/CPE

    185 overall, with no score lower than 185 in writing and no other band score lower than 176

    PTE Academic

    68 overall, with no score lower than 68 in writing and no other band score lower than 58

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94 overall, with no score lower than 27 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 20

    Australian high school qualifications

    Applicants who have completed at least five (5) years of continuous schooling in Australia; including two (2) years in secondary can demonstrate their English language proficiency as follows:

    State (Qualification)

    Accepted score

    IB Diploma

    A grade of 4 or above in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature at higher level or standard level

    A grade of 5 or above in English B at higher level

    ACT (Year 12 Certificate)

    Scaled mark of 125 or above in one of the following courses (taken as a Major, Major/Minor or a Double Major): English, English International or English as a Second Language

    New South Wales (HSC)

    50% or above in English Standard or English Advanced

    Band 2 or above in English Extension 1, English Extension 2, or English as a Second Language

    Northern Territory (NTCET)

    C- or above in English Literacy Studies or English as an Additional Language

    Queensland (QCE)

    Sound Achievement (SA) or above in English, English Extension or English for ESL Learners

    South Australia (SACE)

    C- or above in English Literacy Studies or English as an Additional Language

    Tasmania (TCE)

    Satisfactory Achievement (SA) or above in English/English Communications, English Literature, English Writing or English as a Second Language or Dialect

    Victoria (VCE)

    25 or above in English, English Language, Literature or English as a Second Language/Additional Language

    Western Australia (WACE)

    Scaled mark of 50 or above in ATAR English, ATAR English Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    International high school qualifications

    Applicants who have completed at least five (5) years of continuous schooling; including two (2) years in secondary as below can demonstrate their English language proficiency as follows:

    GCE O Levels

    (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America)

    A minimum grade of C or better in English Language or Literature in English

    Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority

    GCE A Levels
    (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America)

    A minimum grade of C or better in the General Paper, English Language, English Language & Literature or English Literature

    Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority

    IB Diploma
    (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America)

    English A: grade of 4 or above; Language & Literature: grade of 4 or above.

    Literature at higher level (HL) or standard level (SL);

    Literature and Performance (SL);
    English A1 (SL) or (HL);
    English A2 (SL) or (HL);
    English B (HL).

    New Zealand (Bursary)50 or above in English
    New Zealand (NCEA)Minimum of 8 achieved credits at Level 2 or 3 in English, with at least 4 achieved credits in Reading and 4 achieved credits in Writing

    United Kingdom

    Passing grade in English

    Republic of Ireland

    Minimum of grade of 5 in English at Ordinary Level

    Canada

    Passing grade in English, in addition to studies solely taught in English.

    Grade of 60% or better in final year English subject

    South Africa

    Passing grade in English, in addition to studies solely taught in English. Level 4 (50%) in English Home Language or Level 5 (60%) in English First Additional

    United States of America

    ACT

    Composite Score of 21

    Advanced Placement (AP) examinations

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

    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.

    SAT (test sat between 2005-2015)

    A combined score of at least 1500 out of 2400 in the Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing sections in the SAT Reasoning Test from the same sitting, with a minimum of 460 in each section

  • Physiotherapy

    English proficiency requirements for undergraduate coursework degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy/Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no individual band score lower than 7.0

    OET

    B in all sections

    PTE Academic

    65, with no individual band score lower than 65

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94, with no score lower than 24 in reading and listening, no lower than 23 in speaking, and no lower than 27 in writing

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate coursework degrees
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no individual band score lower than 7.0

    OET

    B in all sections

    PTE Academic

    65, with no individual band score lower than 65

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94, with no score lower than 24 in reading and listening, no lower than 23 in speaking, and no lower than 27 in writing

    English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees**Please note: these programs do not result in an accreditation
    All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion

    Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy in all Schools

    IELTS Academic

    7.0 overall, with no score lower than 7.0 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 6.5

    CAE/CPE

    185 overall, with no score lower than 185 in writing and no other band score lower than 176

    PTE Academic

    68 overall, with no score lower than 68 in writing and no other band score lower than 58

    TOEFL (iBT)

    94 overall, with no score lower than 27 in writing and no other individual band score lower than 20

    Australian high school qualifications

    Applicants who have completed secondary schooling in Australia can demonstrate their English language proficiency as follows:

    State (Qualification)

    Accepted score

    IB Diploma

    A grade of 4 or above in English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature at higher level or standard level

    A grade of 5 or above in English B at higher level

    ACT (Year 12 Certificate)

    Scaled mark of 125 or above in one of the following courses (taken as a Major, Major/Minor or a Double Major): English, English International or English as a Second Language

    New South Wales (HSC)

    50% or above in English Standard or English Advanced

    Band 2 or above in English Extension 1, English Extension 2, or English as a Second Language

    Northern Territory (NTCET)

    C- or above in English Literacy Studies or English as an Additional Language

    Queensland (QCE)

    Sound Achievement (SA) or above in English, English Extension or English for ESL Learners

    South Australia (SACE)

    C- or above in English Literacy Studies or English as an Additional Language

    Tasmania (TCE)

    Satisfactory Achievement (SA) or above in English/English Communications, English Literature, English Writing or English as a Second Language or Dialect

    Victoria (VCE)

    25 or above in English, English Language, Literature or English as a Second Language/Additional Language

    Western Australia (WACE)

    Scaled mark of 50 or above in ATAR English, ATAR English Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    International high school qualifications

    English language requirements for admissions from senior secondary qualifications undertaken entirely in English:

    GCE O Levels

    (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America)

    A minimum grade of C or better in English Language or Literature in English

    Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority

    GCE A Levels
    (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America)

    A minimum grade of C or better in the General Paper, English Language, English Language & Literature or English Literature

    Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority

    IB Diploma
    (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America)

    English A: grade of 4 or above; Language & Literature: grade of 4 or above.

    Literature at higher level (HL) or standard level (SL);

    Literature and Performance (SL);
    English A1 (SL) or (HL);
    English A2 (SL) or (HL);
    English B (HL).

    New Zealand (Bursary)50 or above in English
    New Zealand (NCEA)Minimum of 8 achieved credits at Level 2 or 3 in English, with at least 4 achieved credits in Reading and 4 achieved credits in Writing

    United Kingdom

    Passing grade in English

    Republic of Ireland

    Minimum of grade of 5 in English at Ordinary Level

    Canada

    Passing grade in English, in addition to studies solely taught in English Grade of 60% or better in final year English subject.

    South Africa

    Passing grade in English, in addition to studies solely taught in English. Level 4 (50%) in English Home Language or Level 5 (60%) in English First Additional Language.

    United States of America

    ACT

    Composite Score of 21

    Advanced Placement (AP) examinations

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

    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.

    SAT (test sat between 2005-2015)

    A combined score of at least 1500 out of 2400 in the Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing sections in the SAT Reasoning Test from the same sitting, with a minimum of 460 in each section

  • Research

    Notre Dame graduates do not have to sit an English test to enter a subsequent program at Notre Dame. However, graduates from other Universities, Australian or international, are not automatically assumed to have demonstrated English Language Proficiency despite if they have studied some or all of their previous programs in English. Applicants who wish to seek exemption from undertaking a test must request this explicitly. Each application is considered individually, but in most cases, a formal English qualification is required.

    To view English proficiency requirements for postgraduate research degrees, please refer to the School specific sections above.