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Which type of English language test do I need?

Find out below which tests are suitable for our Pre-sessional courses.

To meet the entry requirements for our on-campus 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 Pre-sessional courses.

IELTS (Academic) for UK Visas and Immigration (IELTS for UKVI)

This is only available at certain test centres – see IELTS and the list of SELT centres.

You can take this test in the UK or overseas.

Pearson Test of English Academic UKVI (Pearson PTE UKVI)

This is only available at certain test centres – see Pearson and the list of SELT centres.

You can take this test in the UK or overseas

Trinity ISE

This test is only available at certain test centres – see Trinity College London and the list of SELT centres.

You can only use this test if you take it in the UK.

If you are studying on one of our online Pre-sessional courses and are not planning to travel to the UK and apply for a Student Visa, you have a wider choice of English tests which 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 as follows:
    Online Pre-sessional CourseMinimum TOEFL iBT scores
    20-week61 overall with Writing 16, Speaking 16, Reading 6, Listening 9
    12-week68 overall with Writing 16, Speaking 18, Reading 10, Listening 12
    8-week A78 overall with Writing 17, Speaking 18, Reading 14, Listening 15
    10-week90 overall with Writing 20, Speaking 20, Reading 18, Listening 17