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English language requirements for popular university courses

Discover which English tests and scores you need for admission to different courses and universities in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

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Searching for universities can feel overwhelming at times and you might find  yourself lost in the ether of the internet. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the process. In this article, we focus on the English language requirements for popular subjects and institutions in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and USA to give you a sense of what is required for entry.

 

English language proficiency results are an important factor when applying to university abroad, and there have been some recent changes to English language requirements as a result of coronavirus. Use the charts below to find out which English tests are accepted by universities around the world and the corresponding scores you need.

 

We’ve primarily looked at undergraduate degree requirements here so make sure you check the university websites for postgraduate English language requirements, as these may differ.

 

UK 

Subject:  Nursing

University: University of Sheffield

 

English Test

Required score

IELTS

 

7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking, reading, listening and 6.5 in writing

 

TOEFL

Overall score of 80 or above, with at least 17 in listening, 17 in writing, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking

Cambridge C1 Advanced

Overall score of 169+ with minimum 162 in each component

Cambridge C2 proficiency

Overall score of 169+ with minimum 162 in each component

Pearson Test of English Academic

Overall score of 56 or above with minimum of 51 in each component

 

NCUK English Language Test

Overall score of 6.0 or above with minimum 5.5 in each component

 

The University of Sheffield will be provisionally accepting the IELTS Indicator test from July 1st 2020. If you want to find out more about the IELTS Indicator you can check out our comprehensive guide.

 

Subject:  Biomedical Engineering

University: Glasgow University

 

English Language Test

Score

IELTS

Overall score 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in all components

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 90; Reading: 20

Listening: 19

Speaking: 19 Writing: 23

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Overall score 176: No component less than 169

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Overall score 176: no component less than 169

Pearson Test of English, Academic test

Overall score 60; no component less than 59

IGCSE

C in reading and writing, plus 1 in listening, 2 in speaking. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip

 

IGCSE

A in reading and writing, plus A in listening, 2/B in speaking. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip

 

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English

ISEII at distinction with distinction in all sub-tests

 

Subject:  Physiotherapy BSc Hons

University:  Coventry University

 

English Language Test

Score

IELTS

Overall score 7.0 with no components lower than 6.5 + any country specific requirements

 

If you’re unsure about the difference between IELTS and TOEFL, you can use our guide on the subject to help you decide which is most suited to you. Find out about exam structures and scoring for both.

 

Canada

 

 

Subject:  Nursing

University:  Centennial College

 

English Language Test

Score

IELTS

6.5

TOEFL iBT

83-87

Canadian Academic English Language 

60

Pearson Test of English

60

Cambridge English

180+ on C1 Advanced and C2 proficiency

 

You might not reach the required English language score that you need for university but not to worry, as you can study a pre-sessional English course to prepare for your studies. Find out more about pre-sessional English courses.

 

Subject:  MBA

University:  Fanshawe College

 

English Language Test

Score

IELTS

Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0

TOEFL iBT

88

Canadian Academic English Language

Overall score of 70, no less than 60 in any component

Pearson Academic Test of English

59

Cambridge English Test

Overall score of 176 with no language score less than 169

English Language Evaluation (Fanshaw)

Minimum score of 75% in all sections

 

Australia

 

 

Subject: Nursing

University: Edith Cowan University

 

English Language Test

Score

IELTS

Overall score of 7.0 plus minimum score of 7.0 in each component

Occupational English Test

Minimum score of B in each component

Pearson English Test Academic

Minimum overall score of 65 in each component

TOEFL iBT

Minimum total score of 94

24 listening

24 reading

27 writing

23 speaking

 

Subject:  Dentistry

University:  Griffith University

 

English Language Test

Score

IELTS

Overall score of 7 with no component lower than 7

Occupational English Test

Minimum score of B in each component

 

 

Pearson Test of English Academic

Minimum score of 65 with no score less than 58

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 94

24 listening

24 reading

27 writing

23 speaking

 

Inspired to start practising your English language skills? Find sample questions and model answers for the IELTS exam to boost your score.

 

New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject:  Psychology

University:  University of Waikato

 

English Language Test

Score

TOEFL

6.0 plus no band lower than 5.5

TOEFL iBT

80 with 21 in writing

Duolingo

 

(Excluding BTeaching, Bed, GradDipT, BSW & LLB)

 

100: Undergraduate

110: Postgraduate

 

C1 Advanced

169 with no component below 162

C2 Proficiency 

169 with no component below 162

Language Cert International ESOL (LRWS)

C1 Expert with an overall pass and no less than pass in each skill

Pearson English Test Academic

50 with no component less than 42

 

Subject:  Law (undergraduate)

University:  University of Canterbury

 

English Language Test

Score

IELTS

6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in all components

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 80

19 reading

19 writing

19 listening

 

TOEFL PBT

Minimum score of 550

English for Academic purposes

Level 2, minimum grade C+

Cambridge English Advanced

Minimum overall score of 169 with minimum 162 in all components

Pearson Test of English (academic)

Overall score of 50 and no individual scores lower than 42

New Zealand Certificates in English Language

Level 4

 

FluentIQ

Overall score 8/10 with no less than 7 in each component

 

These scores might seem confusing, so if you’re feeling stuck, use our other guide on understanding English language test scores for an in-depth examination of the different tests and associated grades.

 

USA

 

Subject:  Food science and technology

University:  Michigan State University

 

English Language Test

Score

TOEFL – internet based

79 with no component lower than 17

TOEFL – paper based

550 with no component lower than 52

*Provisional admission – internet based

60-79

*Provisional admission – paper based

500-549

IELTS

6.5 +

*Provisional admission

6.0

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)

53 with no lower than 48 in each component

Provisional (PTE)

Overall score 46+

SAT exam, ACT exam & Michigan State University English Language Test

See university website.

 

** Students admitted to the university with provisional scores must take the Michigan State University English test on arrival to confirm eligibility to enrol in academic courses.

 

Subject:  Aviation

University:  Northcentral University

 

English Language Test

Score

TOEFL – internet based

79

TOEFL – paper based

550

IELTS

6.5

Pearson Test of English

53

 

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