My offer asks for an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS

The equivalent minimum score requirements in our accepted English Language tests for an offer condition of 7.0 overall in IELTS are shown below:

Austria Matura Reifeprufung (Undergraduate programmes only)

2 (gut) in English when both written and oral exams have been taken.

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)

Grade B

Cambridge English: Business English Higher (BEC Higher)/C1 Business Higher

Grade A overall with a score of borderline in all sections or an overall score of 200

Note: Name change to C1 Business Higher from 2018 onwards.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)/C1 Advanced

Grade A or 200 

Note: Name change to C1 Advanced from 2018 onwards.

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)/C2 Proficiency

Grade C or 200

Note: Name change to C2 Proficiency from 2018 onwards.

Denmark Studentereksamen (Undergraduate programmes only)


French Baccalauréat (Undergraduate programmes only)


GCE English O Level

Grade B

GCSE English

Grade B

German Abitur (Undergraduate programmes only)

12 in English when taken as a Leistungsfach (major course)

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) (Undergraduate programmes only)

A score of 5* in the HKDSE English Language Subject

Iceland Studentsprof (Undergraduate programmes only)

9 in English when taken as a compulsory language


Overall score of 7.0 with no element score less than 6.0

IGCSE English as a first language

Grade B.

IGCSE English as a second language

Grade B.

Indian Standard XII - CBSE/ICSE boards

80% or higher in English Core/ English Elective or Functional English

Indian Standard XII - State boards

85% or higher in English Core/ English Elective or Functional English

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

A minimum of Grade B or 4

Malawi School Certificate of Education

A minimum of Grade B or 4

Mauritian School Certificate in English (awarded by Cambridge)

A minimum of Grade B

National Examinations Council of Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) or Secondary School Leaving Certificate

A minimum of Grade B

NECO Senior School Certificate

A minimum of Grade B or 3

Netherlands VWO (Undergraduate programmes only)

8 (goed) in English

Norway Vitnemål-Vidergaende Opplaering (Undergraduate programmes only)

4 in English

ONCAMPUS Test of English (OCTOE)

70% or higher

Pearson PTE (Academic)

Overall score of 67 with no area less than 51

Swaziland GCSE

A minimum of Grade B

Sweden Fullstandigt Slutbetyg (Undergraduate programmes only)

VG / 4 / C (val godkant) in English

Switzerland Maturita (Undergraduate programmes only)

5.5 (gut/bien/bene) in English if taken through to the final year

Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP)

Overall score of 7.0 with no element less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet-based test

Overall score of 100 with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking

Trinity Integrated Skills in English III, IV

Pass overall with Pass in each element

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) in English

A minimum of Grade B or 4

WAEC Year 12 Certificate in English

A minimum of Grade B or 3

(A Senior Secondary School Certificate from Ghana with a Grade C in English can be accepted when awarded between 1993 and 2005 and a Grade of B was not awarded).

Zambia School Certificate/ General Certificate in Education

A minimum of Grade 4

Zimbabwe GCE O level English

A minimum of Grade B


If you cannot see the score for the English language qualification that you are taking please contact the Admissions Team.

University of Reading Pre-sessional English language course half-band credit

As a University of Reading offer-holder required to achieve an IELTS score of 7.0, when you study on one of our Pre-sessional English language courses, you will be entitled to a half-band credit towards your required English language score.  Please note that this does not apply to applicants for programmes in Linguistics/ Applied Linguistics, MA in Education or a number of programmes in Henley Business School.  To apply for one of these Pre-sessional courses please email the Pre-sessional English Admissions team using the address above.

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  • Introduction to Pre-sessional English Courses


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