Acceptable English Language Tests

This page contains a guide to the only acceptable English language tests that can be used to meet a condition of offer (normally made in terms of IELTS scores) made by the University of Reading.

If the test you are intending to take is not listed, please contact the Admissions Team for advice using the details on the right.

Tests acceptable for entry onto a Pre-sessional English programme

Test provider Test name
 Cambridge

IELTS (Academic) for UKVI SELT
(test needs to have been taken at a UKVI approved centre)

 Cambridge

 IELTS (Academic) non-UKVI
(only if you are an EU applicant)

 Cambridge

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)/C2 Proficiency
(only if you are an EU applicant)

Note: Name change to C2 Proficiency from 2018 onwards.

 Cambridge

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)/C1 Advanced
(only if you are an EU applicant)

Note: Name change to C1 Advanced from 2018 onwards.

 ETS TOEFL: Internet (our DI code is 0769)
(only if you are an EU applicant)
 Pearson

PTE (Academic)
(only if you are an EU applicant)

 Trinity

Integrated Skills in English (ISE) I, II, III
(for non-EU applicants the test must have been taken at a UKVI approved centre) 

 

Tests acceptable for entry onto The International Foundation Programme

Test provider  Test name 
 Cambridge

Cambridge English: Business English Higher (BEC Higher)/C1 Business Higher - For Business, Economics and Related programmes only.
(only if you are an EU applicant)

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

 Cambridge

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)/C1 Advanced
(only if you are an EU applicant)

Note: name change to C1 Advanced from 2018 onwards.

 Cambridge

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)/C2 Proficiency
(only if you are an EU applicant)

Note: Name change to C2 Proficiency from 2018 onwards.

 Cambridge

IELTS (Academic) for UKVI SELT
(test needs to have been taken at a UKVI approved centre)

 Cambridge  IELTS (Academic) non-UKVI
(only if you are an EU applicant)
 ETS TOEFL: Internet (our DI code is 0769)
(only if you are an EU applicant)
 Trinity

Integrated Skills in English (ISE) I, II, III
(for non-EU applicants the test must have been taken at a UKVI approved centre) 

 Pearson PTE (Academic)
(only if you are an EU applicant)
ONCAMPUS  

ONCAMPUS Test of English (OCTOE)                                                              (only if you are an EU applicant)

 Various GCE English O level
(only if you are an EU applicant)
 Various GCSE English
(only if you are an EU applicant) 

 

Tests acceptable for entry onto an Undergraduate/ Postgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research programme

Test provider  Test name 
BGCS Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education 
Cambridge

Cambridge English: Business English Higher (BEC Higher)/C1 Business Higher - For Business, Economics and Related programmes only.

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

Cambridge

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)/C1 Advanced 

Note: Name change to C1 Advanced from 2018 onwards.

Cambridge

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)/C2 Proficiency

Note: Name change to C2 Proficiency from 2018 onwards.

Cambridge GCE O Level English Language 1119 (Malaysia)
Cambridge IELTS (Academic)
CBSE/ ICSE/ State boards Indian Standard XII English (English Core/ English Elective/ Functional English)
CSE National Examinations Council of Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education (or Secondary Leaving Certificate)
ETS TOEFL: Internet (our DI code is 0769)
French Ministry for National Education  Baccalauréat (only if you are applying for an undergraduate programme) 
Germany  Abitur (only if you are applying for an undergraduate programme) 
HKEAA Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
(only if you are applying for an undergraduate programme) 
International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)  International Baccalaureate Diploma (only if you are applying for an undergraduate programme) 
KCSE Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education 
Malawi SCE Malawi School Certificate of Education
Mauritius (awarded by Cambridge) Mauritian School Certificate in English (awarded by Cambridge)
NECO Senior School Certificate 
ONCAMPUS 

ONCAMPUS Test of English (OCTOE) (only if you are applying for an undergraduate programme) 

Pearson PTE (Academic)
Swaziland GCSE Swaziland General Certificate of Secondary Education
Trinity

Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II, III, IV

UCE Uganda Certificate of Education 
University of Reading Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP)
Various GCE English O level
Various GCSE English
Various IGCSE English as a first language 
Various IGCSE English as a Second language 
WAEC Year 12 certificate in English 
Zambia School Certificate/ General Certificate of Education 
Zimbabwe GCE O level

 

The score needed will depend on the exact programme that you are interested in studying with us.  Please follow the relevant link below for more details.

My offer asks for an overall score of 7.5 in IELTS

My offer asks for an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS

My offer asks for an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS

My offer asks for an overall score of 6.0 in IELTS

My offer asks for an overall score of 5.5 in IELTS

My offer asks for an overall score of 5.0 in IELTS

My offer asks for an overall score of 4.5 in IELTS

 

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

As a University of Reading offer-holder, when you study on one of our Pre-sessional English language courses, you may 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/Speech and Language Therapy and the MA in Education.  To apply for one of these Pre-sessional courses please email the Pre-Sessional Admissions team using the address above.

Contact Admissions

International Foundation Programme

ifpadmissions@reading.ac.uk

 

Undergraduate Programmes (full- and part-time)

ugadmissions@reading.ac.uk 

 

Postgraduate

(taught and research) Programmes

pgadmissions@reading.ac.uk

 

PGCE Programmes

teachertraining@reading.ac.uk

 

Pre-sessional English Language Programmes

psadmissions@reading.ac.uk

 

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