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.

Please note that this information may change as rules on acceptability change so please do keep checking back.

Tests acceptable for entry onto a Pre-sessional English programme

Test provider Test name
 Cambridge

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

 Cambridge

 IELTS (Academic) non-UKVI
(currently acceptable for online PSE only)

 Cambridge  

IELTS Indicator - only tests taken from 01 July 2020 onward
(currently acceptable for online PSE only)

 Cambridge

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)/C2 Proficiency
(currently acceptable for online PSE only)

Note: Name change to C2 Proficiency from 2018 onwards.

 Cambridge

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)/C1 Advanced
(currently acceptable for online PSE only)

Note: Name change to C1 Advanced from 2018 onwards.

 ETS TOEFL: Internet (our DI code is 0769)
(currently acceptable for online PSE only)
 ETS TOEFL at home iBT
(currently acceptable for online PSE only)
 LanguageCert

 LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (B1 level or above)
(test needs to have been taken at a UKVI approved centre)

 Pearson

PTE (Academic)
(currently acceptable for online PSE only)

 Pearson

 PTE (Academic) UKVI
(test must have been taken at a UKVI approved centre)

 Trinity

Integrated Skills in English (ISE) I, II, III
(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.
(currently only acceptable for the Online programme)

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

 Cambridge

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)/C1 Advanced
(currently only acceptable for the Online programme)

Note: name change to C1 Advanced from 2018 onwards.

 Cambridge

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)/C2 Proficiency
(currently only acceptable for the Online programme)

Note: Name change to C2 Proficiency from 2018 onwards.

 Cambridge

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

 Cambridge  IELTS (Academic) non-UKVI
(currently only acceptable for the Online programme)
 Cambridge

IELTS Indicator - only tests taken from 01 July 2020 onward
(currently only acceptable for the Online programme)

 ETS TOEFL: Internet (our DI code is 0769)
(currently only acceptable for the Online programme)
 ETS  TOEFL at home iBT
(currently only acceptable for the Online programme)
LanguageCert International

 LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (B1 level or above)
(test needs to have been taken at a UKVI approved centre)

 Trinity

Integrated Skills in English (ISE) I, II, III
(test must have been taken at a UKVI approved centre) 

 Pearson PTE (Academic)
(currently only acceptable for the Online programme)
 Pearson

PTE (Academic) UKVI
(test must have been taken at a UKVI approved centre) 

ONCAMPUS  

ONCAMPUS Test of English (OCTOE)                                                              (currently only acceptable for the Online programme)

 Various GCE English O level
(currently only acceptable for the Online programme)
 Various GCSE English
(only if awarded by an Ofqual regulated awarding body and you have spent time studying at a UK school under the age of 18.  Or for the Online Social Science pathway programme)

 

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)
Cambridge IELTS (Academic) for UKVI SELT
Cambridge IELTS Indicator - only tests taken from 01 July 2020 onward
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)
ETS TOEFL at home iBT
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) 
Hong Kong diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) A score of 4 or 5* in English depending on programme applied for (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 
LanguageCert LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (C1 level or above)
Malawi SCE Malawi School Certificate of Education
Mauritius (awarded by Cambridge) Mauritian School Certificate in English (awarded by Cambridge)
NECO Senior School Certificate 
National Examinations Council of Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education/ Secondary School Leaving Certificate 
ONCAMPUS 

ONCAMPUS Test of English (OCTOE) (only if you are applying for an undergraduate programme or one of the named PGT Pre-masters pathway degrees) 

Pearson PTE (Academic)
Pearson PTE (Academic) UKVI
South Africa National Senior Certificate/ Senior Certificate
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 (grade B minimum).
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 with no element less than 6.0 in IELTS

My offer asks for an overall score of 6.5 with no element less than 6.0 in IELTS

My offer asks for an overall score of 6.5 with no element less than 5.5 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/ the MA in Education or a number of programmes within the Henley Business School.  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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