English proficiency tests

You must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English in order to study at Murdoch. Successful completion of these tests satisfy the minimum English language requirements for you to study at Murdoch.


Standard requirements apply to all undergraduate and postgraduate courses except those with specific or higher requirements.

For academic requirements and Australian and overseas qualifications that may meet English requirements, check the individual course pages.

Accepted English language tests

While testing centres are closed during COVID-19, we accept PTE , TOEFL IBT Special Home edition and IELTS Indicator to demonstrate meeting English requirements.

We also now accept the internet-based Phoenix English Proficiency Test (iPEPT) for direct entry into our courses for the Semester 2, 2020 and Semester 1, 2021 intakes. The test costs $249. Download the PDF for more information or visit the website to register for the test.

Standard requirements

Proficiency testUndergraduate
minimum requirements
Postgraduate
minimum requirements
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)140 Written EnglishN/A
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)6.0 Overall
6.0 Reading
6.0 Writing
6.0 Speaking
6.0 Listening
6.0 Overall
6.0 Reading
6.0 Writing
6.0 Speaking
6.0 Listening
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)169 Overall
169 Reading
169 Writing
169 Speaking
169 Listening
169 Overall
169 Reading
169 Writing
169 Speaking
169 Listening
Pearson Test of English (PTE)50 Overall
50 Reading
50 Writing
50 Speaking
50 Listening
50 Overall
50 Reading
50 Writing
50 Speaking
50 Listening
Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT)73 Overall
18 Reading
18 Writing
18 Speaking
18 Listening
73 Overall
18 Reading
18 Writing
18 Speaking
18 Listening
Occupational English Test (OET)C (250-290) Reading
C (250-290) Writing
C (250-290) Speaking
C (250-290) Listening
C (250-290) Reading
C (250-290) Writing
C (250-290) Speaking
C (250-290) Listening

Higher requirements

Undergraduate courses

These undergraduate courses have specific or higher English requirements.

  • Education

    These requirements apply to all undergraduate Education courses.

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) 140 Written English
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 Overall
    7.0 Reading
    7.0 Writing
    7.0 Speaking
    7.0 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 185 Overall
    185 Reading
    185 Writing
    185 Speaking
    185 Listening
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 68 Overall
    68 Reading
    68 Writing
    68 Speaking
    68 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 94 Overall
    27 Reading
    27 Writing
    27 Speaking
    27 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET) N/A
  • Law

    These requirements apply to all undergraduate Law courses.

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) 140 Written English
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 Overall
    6.0 Reading
    6.0 Writing
    6.0 Speaking
    6.0 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 176 Overall
    176 Reading
    176 Writing
    176 Speaking
    176 Listening
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 58 Overall
    58 Reading
    58 Writing
    58 Speaking
    58 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 79 Overall
    21 Reading
    21 Writing
    21 Speaking
    21 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET) N/A
  • Nursing

    These requirements apply to Nursing.

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    140 Written English AND satisfactory completion of at least 6 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English, including at least 2 years between years 7 and 12, in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, UK or USA.

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 Overall
    7.0 Reading
    7.0 Writing
    7.0 Speaking
    7.0 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) N/A
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 65 Overall
    65 Reading
    65 Writing
    65 Speaking
    65 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 94 Overall
    24 Reading
    27 Writing
    23 Speaking
    24 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET) B (350-440) Reading
    B (350-440) Writing
    B (350-440) Speaking
    B (350-440) Listening
  • Veterinary Science

    These requirements apply to Veterinary Science.

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) 140 Written English
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 Overall
    7.0 Reading
    7.0 Writing
    7.0 Speaking
    7.0 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 185 Overall
    185 Reading
    185 Writing
    185 Speaking
    185 Listening
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 68 Overall
    68 Reading
    68 Writing
    68 Speaking
    68 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 94 Overall
    27 Reading
    27 Writing
    27 Speaking
    27 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET)

    Taken after September 2018
    B (350-440) Reading
    B (350-440) Writing
    B (350-440) Speaking
    B (350-440) Listening

    Taken before September 2018
    One A and three Bs in each of the four components.

Postgraduate courses

These postgraduate courses have specific or higher English requirements.

  • Australian Migration Law and Practice

    These requirements apply to the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice.

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 Overall
    6.5 Reading
    6.5 Writing
    6.5 Speaking
    6.5 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) N/A
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) N/A
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 100 Overall
    22 Reading
    22 Writing
    22 Speaking
    22 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET) N/A
  • Education (Coursework)

    These requirements apply to the Master of Education (Coursework).

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 Overall
    6.0 Reading
    6.0 Writing
    6.0 Speaking
    6.0 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) N/A
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 58 Overall
    58 Reading
    58 Writing
    58 Speaking
    58 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 90 Overall
    20 Reading
    20 Writing
    20 Speaking
    20 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET) N/A
  • Psychology and Counselling

    These requirements apply to all postgraduate Psychology and Counselling courses.

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 Overall
    7.0 Reading
    7.0 Writing
    7.0 Speaking
    7.0 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 185 Overall
    176 Reading
    176 Writing
    176 Speaking
    176 Listening
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 68 Overall
    61 Reading
    61 Writing
    61 Speaking
    61 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 94 Overall
    20 Reading
    20 Writing
    20 Speaking
    20 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET)

    Taken after September 2018
    B (350-440) Reading
    B (350-440) Writing
    B (350-440) Speaking
    B (350-440) Listening

    Taken before September 2018
    One A and three Bs in each of the four components.

  • Teaching

    These requirements apply to the Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary).

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.5 Overall
    7.0 Reading
    7.0 Writing
    8.0 Speaking
    8.0 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 191 Overall
    185 Reading
    185 Writing
    200 Speaking
    200 Listening
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 76 Overall
    76 Reading
    76 Writing
    76 Speaking
    76 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 102 Overall
    24 Reading
    24 Writing
    29 Speaking
    29 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET) N/A
  • Veterinary Clinical Studies

    These requirements apply to the Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies.

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 Overall
    6.5 Reading
    6.5 Writing
    6.5 Speaking
    6.5 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 185 Overall
    176 Reading
    176 Writing
    176 Speaking
    176 Listening
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 68 Overall
    61 Reading
    61 Writing
    61 Speaking
    61 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 94 Overall
    20 Reading
    20 Writing
    20 Speaking
    20 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET) B (350-440) Reading
    B (350-440) Writing
    B (350-440) Speaking
    B (350-440) Listening
  • Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine)

    These requirements apply to the Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine).

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 Overall
    6.0 Reading
    6.0 Writing
    6.0 Speaking
    6.0 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 176 Overall
    176 Reading
    176 Writing
    176 Speaking
    176 Listening
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 61 Overall
    54 Reading
    54 Writing
    54 Speaking
    54 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 79 Overall
    18 Reading
    18 Writing
    18 Speaking
    18 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET)

    Taken after September 2018
    C+ (300-340) Reading
    C+ (300-340) Writing
    C+ (300-340) Speaking
    C+ (300-340) Listening

    Taken before September 2018
    Two Bs and two Cs in each of the four components.

  • Wildlife Health and Conservation

    These requirements apply to the Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation.

    Proficiency test Minimum requirements
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 Overall
    6.0 Reading
    6.0 Writing
    6.0 Speaking
    6.0 Listening
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 176 Overall
    176 Reading
    176 Writing
    176 Speaking
    176 Listening
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 61 Overall
    54 Reading
    54 Writing
    54 Speaking
    54 Listening
    Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT) 79 Overall
    18 Reading
    18 Writing
    18 Speaking
    18 Listening
    Occupational English Test (OET)

    Taken after September 2018
    C+ (300-340) Reading
    C+ (300-340) Writing
    C+ (300-340) Speaking
    C+ (300-340) Listening

    Taken before September 2018
    Two Bs and two Cs in each of the four components.

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