What happens if you fail English?

What happens if you fail English?
First of all, don’t panic. There are many ways to get into universities if you do not achieve English competence.

English competence is one of the requirements for admission into university. Whilst you may have the achieved the minimum ATAR and the prerequisite courses, if you do not achieve English competence, you would not be admitted.

You will know if you have achieved the minimum requirement when you receive your UAAL, University Admissions Advice Letter, which looks like this.

Minimum requirement

Your final scaled mark for an English course (that is, English as an Additional Dialect/Language, Literature or English above Stage 2) must be above 50. This is the requirement for all universities in WA, except for Edith Cowan, where you can additionally achieve a letter grade of A, B or C in an English course.

Your WACE exam mark and your school mark are combined to determine your final scaled mark; for more on the marks adjustment process, click here .

Concessions

However, if you do not meet this requirement, the universities will concede English competence if:

For Curtin, Edith Cowan and Murdoch,
You achieve

  • A standardised moderated school mark of 55 or
  • A standardised exam mark of 55

in an English course above Stage 2.

For UWA,
You achieve

  • A standardised moderated school mark of 60 or
  • A standardised exam mark of 60

in an English course above Stage 2.

That is, if either your school mark or your exam mark exceeds 55 or 60, the university will consider that you are competent in English.

Other options

If you have not met the minimum requirements or the concessions, but achieved an ATAR above the minimum requirement for your university, there are several options available.

  • STAT.(Special Tertiary Admissions Test). You can apply to sit this exam for a fee.
  • IELTS. (International English Language Testing System). This is another test you can take to prove English competence, again for a fee.

Above all, don’t panic. Talk to the university’s Admissions office for advice on how to proceed, and the different pathways available. They will be able to discuss your problem and offer solutions to your situation.

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