English Language Requirements

If English is not your native language and you are attending a school where English is not the language of instruction, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS Academic)

Applicants who do not meet the English proficiency requirements of their chosen programme at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) can  improve their English at Intensive English Programme (IEP) at Language Academy, UTM or CIEP at ELS Language Centers in Malaysia. Students  who choose to attend IEP (Language Academy, UTM) must attain IELTS 5.5 while who choose to attend ELS and must  pass Level 107 before starting their programmes in UTM (Maximum duration 2 Semester)

CIEP is available completely online and you can take it while you are in your home country.

Undergraduate

For New Cohort starting January 2020, applicant must fulfill one of  the following English Language Requirements:

(Please note that expired test results will not be accepted)

English Language Test Qualification

Result

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) A minimum overall score of 5.5 in IELTS (Academic)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT The minimum scores of 46 and above
Malaysian University English Test (MUET) The minimum MUET Band 3 or higher
Cambridge English Qualification (CEQ) – B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency Score of 160 and above
PTE Academic Score 51 and Above
ELS Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) Completion of Level 107 or higher

Important Note :

For entry to the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Degree programme, candidates must meet one of the following English Language minimum requirement :
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) IELTS Band 6
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT TOEFL iBT score of 60 and above
Common European Framework Of Reference For Language (CEFR)
  • Cambridge English Qualification (CEQ) – score of 169 and above
  • PTE Academic – Score of 59 and above
  • MUET – Band 4 and above

Postgraduate

New Cohort starting January 2020 must fulfill one of  the following English Language Requirements:

(Please note that expired test results will not be accepted)

 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Valid until 31 December 2020

New Requirements beginning 01 January 2021
TOEFL Test Result Admission Status / Decision TOEFL Test Result
TOEFL (iBT) score of 60 and above Student can enroll at faculty

TOEFL (iBT) score of 60 and above

Student can enrol at faculty

TOEFL (iBT) score below 60

Students are required to attend either:

  1. Intensive English Programme (IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM and pass IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR – aligned test with the required score OR
  2. Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) conducted by ELS Language Center and pass level 108
TOEFL (iBT) score of 46 – 59 Student can enroll at the faculty and simultaneously attend and pass  English for Postgraduate Programme (EPG) conducted by Language Academy,UTM
TOEFL (iBT) score of 45 and below

Students are required to attend either:

1.Intensive English Programme(IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM and pass IELTS with  a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR – aligned test with the required score OR

2.Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) conducted by ELS Language Center and pass level 108 or higher

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Valid until 31 December 2020

New Requirements beginning 01 January 2021
IELTS Test Result Admission Status / Decision IELTS Test Result
Band 6.0 and above Student can enroll at faculty

Band 6.0 and above 

Student can enrol at faculty

Below Band 6.0

Students are required to attend either:

    1. Intensive English Programme (IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM and pass IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR – aligned test with the required score OR
    2. Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) conducted by ELS Language Center and pass level 108
Band 5.5 Students can enroll at the Faculty and simultaneously attend and pass  English for Postgraduate Programme (EPG) conducted by Language Academy,UTM
Band 5.0 and below

Students are required to attend either:

1.Intensive English Programme (IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM and pass IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR – aligned test with the required score OR

2.Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) conducted by ELS Language Center and pass level 108 or higher 

ELS Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP)

Valid until 31 December 2020

New Requirements beginning 01 January 2021
CIEP Level

Admission Status / Decision

CIEP Level

Completion of ELS Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) Level 108 and 109 Students can enroll at Faculty 

Completion of ELS Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) Level 108

Student can enrol at faculty

 

Completion of ELS Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) below 108

Students are required to attend either:

  1. Intensive English Programme (IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM and pass IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR – aligned test with the required score OR
  2. Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) conducted by ELS Language Center and pass level 108
Completion of ELS Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP Level 107 Students can enroll at the Faculty and simultaneously attend and pass  English for Postgraduate Programme (EPG) conducted by Language Academy,UTM
Completion of ELS Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) below Level 107

Students are required to attend either :

1.Intensive English Programme (IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM  and pass IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR – aligned test with the required score  OR

2. Certified Intensive English Progrmamme (CIEP) conducted by  ELS Language Center and pass level 108 or higher

Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR)

Valid until 31 December 2020

New Requirements beginning 01 January 2021

CEFR Test Result

Admission Status / Decision CEFR Test Result

Cambridge English Qualifications (CEQ) – B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency Score of 169 and above

PTE Academic – Score of 59 and above

Malaysian University Entrance Test (MUET) – Band 4 and above

Student can enroll at Faculty
  • Cambridge English Qualifications (CEQ)– B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency Score of 169 and above
  • PTE Academic– Score of 59 and above
  • Malaysian University Entrance Test (MUET)– Band 4 and above

Student can enrol at faculty

 

  • Cambridge English Qualifications (CEQ)– Below B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency Score of 169
  • PTE Academic– Score below 59
  • Malaysian University Entrance Test (MUET)– Below Band 4

Students are required to attend either:

  1. Intensive English Programme (IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM and pass IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR – aligned test with the required score OR
  2. Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) conducted by ELS Language Center and pass level 108

Cambridge English Qualifications (CEQ) – B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency Score of 160 to 168

PTE Academic – Score of 51 to 58

Students can enroll at the Faculty and simultaneously attend and pass English for Postgraduate Programme (EPG) conducted by Language Academy, UTM

Cambridge English Qualifications (CEQ) – A2 Key, B1 Preliminary, B2 First (Scale of 159 and below)

PTE Academic – Score of 50 and below

Malaysian University Entrance Test (MUET) – Band 3 and below

Students are required to attend either:

1.Intensive English Programme(IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM and pass IELTS with  a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR – aligned test with the required score  OR

2.Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) conducted by ELS Language Center and pass level 108 or higher

 

Important Note :

For entry to the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Postgraduate (e.g. Master’s, MPhil, PhD), candidates must meet one of the following English Language minimum requirement :
Test Of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL)
TOEFL iBT score of 95 and above
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
IELTS Band 7
Common European Framework Of Reference For Language (CEFR)
  • Cambridge English Qualification (CEQ) – score of 180 and above
  • PTE Academic – Score of 67 and above
  • MUET – Band 5 and above

Exempted Countries

Candidate who had completed their High School or Bachelor or Master or PhD from the following countries are exempted from the UTM English language requirements. The countries are as follows.

Anguilla
Antigua & Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Bermuda
Barbados
Bostswana
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Belize
British Virgin Island
Canada
Cayman Island
Christmas Island
Cook Island
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Gambia
Ghana
Gibraltar
Grenada
Guam
Guernsey
Guyana
Hong Kong
India
Ireland
Isle of Man
Jamaica
Jersey
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Liberia
Malawi
Malta
Mauritius
Montserrat
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Namibia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nigeria
Niue
Norfolk Island
Pakistan
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Puerto Rico
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Saint Lucia
Solomon Island
South Africa
St Helena
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Swaziland
Samoa
Tanzania
Tonga
Turks & Caicos Island
Trinidad & Tobago
Uganda
United Kingdom
United States of America
US Virgin Islands
Zambia
Zimbabwe
OTHER EXEMPTION FOR UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

Candidates from Indonesia, Brunei and South Thailand (eg: Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Songkla, Satun and others provinces whose major population is made up of Malays) are exempted from the UTM English language requirements based on the following conditions:

a) Students are required to attend an IELTS/TOEFL Preparation Course conducted by Language Academy in UTM;

b) Students must fulfill the minimum English language requirement (IELTS/TOEFL) within 4 semesters of study; and 

c) Students must submit a copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate to Admission Office within 4 semesters of study.

Candidates from International Schools, A-Level and International Baccalaureate qualifications are exempted from the UTM English language requirement.

OTHER EXEMPTION FOR POSTGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

Candidates from Indonesia, Brunei and other nations that use Malay as medium of communication are exempted from the UTM English language requirements based on the following conditions:

  • The candidate intends to register for an MPhil or a PhD programme by research.
  • The candidate declares that the thesis/dissertation will be written in Malay and approved by the supervisor

Candidates for Faculty of Islamic Civilization programme can use Bahasa Arab/Arabic as to write their thesis based on the following conditions:

  • The candidate intends to register for a MPhil or PhD programme by research
  • The candidate declares that the thesis/dissertation will be written in Arabic and approved by the supervisor