Which type of English language test do I need?
From 2 August 2023 Cardiff University is no longer accepting the PTE Online test as evidence of English Language for entry.
Find out below which tests are suitable for our Pre-sessional courses.
To meet the entry requirements for our on-campus and combined Pre-sessional courses and apply for a Student Visa to travel to the UK, you will need a valid Secure English Language Test (SELT).
The following SELTs can be used to apply for the on-campus and combined Pre-sessional courses.
IELTS (Academic) for UK Visas and Immigration (IELTS for UKVI)
You can take this test in the UK or overseas.
Pearson Test of English Academic UKVI (Pearson PTE UKVI)
You can take this test in the UK or overseas
*for academic offers requiring 6.5 in Writing applicants must have 59 in this sub-score to join 12 week and 62 in this sub-score to join 8 week
You can only use this test if you take it in the UK.
Online Pre-sessional courses
If you are studying one of our online Pre-sessional courses you have a wider choice of English tests that can be used to meet our entry requirements:
- you can use one of the Secure English Language Tests (IELTS, Pearson or Trinity) as described above
- you can use the non-UKVI version of the IELTS, Pearson and Trinity tests described above
- you can use a TOEFL iBT test (including Home Edition) or Duolingo
TOEFL iBT and Duolingo
|Online Pre-sessional Course||Minimum TOEFL iBT scores||Minimum Duolingo scores|
|20-week||61 overall with Writing 16, Speaking 16, Reading 6, Listening 9||90 overall with a minimum of 90 in all components|
|12-week||68 overall with Writing 16*, Speaking 18, Reading 10, Listening 12||100 overall with a minimum of 90 in all components**|
|8-week A||78 overall with Writing 17*, Speaking 18, Reading 14, Listening 15||110 overall with a minimum of 100 in all components**|
|10-week||90 overall with Writing 20, Speaking 20, Reading 18, Listening 17||120 overall with a minimum of 110 in all components|
*for academic offers requiring 6.5 in Writing applicants must have 17 in this sub-score to join 12 week and 20 in this sub-score to join 8 week
**for academic offers requiring 6.5 in any sub-score applicants must have 95 in all components to join 12 week and 105 in all components to join 8 week
Secure your place on one of our 8, 10, 12 or 20 week courses now.