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Accepted English language qualifications

UCL's preferred English language qualifications are displayed in the box below. Other accepted qualifications are listed in the accordion at the end of the page.

Update for applicants affected by the coronavirus 

Please be aware that UCL accepts English language tests that applicants can take online, such as Duolingo, IELTS Indicator and TOEFL Home Edition. Further information about the tests and the requirements can be found below. 

GCSE/IGCSE English Language

Standard level: Pass at 5 (or grade C)
Good level: Pass at 5 (or grade C)
Good+ level: Pass at 6 (or grade B)
Advanced level: Pass at 6 (or grade B)

GCSE qualifications are acceptable for meeting the English language proficiency requirement if all four skills are assessed or the spoken language component is separately endorsed on the certificate. Please see below to check specific IGCSE syllabus requirements. Students should also refer to UCL's English language requirements.


Test provider details

Cambridge Assessment International Education

Qualification nameNotes
Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (0500) or (0990)Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (UK) (0522)Level 2 required
Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (US) (0524)Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (US) (0627)Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Speaking endorsement) (0510) or (0993)Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Count-in speaking) (0511) or (0991) 
Cambridge English as a Second Language (US) (0526)Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate

Visit the Cambridge Assessments International Education website

Pearson Edexcel

Qualification nameNotes
Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language (ESL) (4ESO/01)  English speaking examination must be separately endorsed on the certificate
Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language (4ES1)English speaking examination must be separately endorsed on the certificate
Edexcel IGCSE English Language A (4EA0) 
Edexcel IGCSE English Language A (4EA1) first assessed in 2018English speaking examination must be separately endorsed on the certificate

Visit the Pearson Edexcel website

Oxford International AQA Examinations

Qualification nameNotes
Oxford AQA IGCSE English Language (9270)Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
Oxford AQA IGCSE English as a Second Language (9280) 

Visit the Oxford International AQA Examinations website


British Council International Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Version)

Standard level: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

Applicants may take the IELTS Indicator test to meet the requirement. 


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Standard level: Score of 92 overall with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
Good level: Score of 100 overall with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
Advanced level: Score of 109 overall 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening

Applicants may take the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test to meet the requirement.

Please note that TOEFL iBT MyBestScore is not acceptable for meeting the English language requirement

Other accepted qualifications

Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency (CPE) [previously known as Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English]

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests
Good level: Overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests

Test provider details

Web: Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (CAE) [previously known as Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English]

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests
Good level: Overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests

Test provider details

Web: Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cambridge English Language 1119

Standard level: Pass at grade 6 or C
Good level: Pass at grade 6 or C
Advanced level: Pass at grade 4 or B

Test provider details

Web: Cambridge Assessment International Education (CIAE)

Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE) Ordinary Level in English Language

O Level qualifications are acceptable if all four skills are assessed or a separate Oral/Spoken component is passed and confirmed on the certificate.

Standard level: Pass at grade C
Good level: Pass at grade C
Advanced level: Pass at grade B

Test provider details

Web: Cambridge Assessment International Education (CIAE)

Duolingo

Standard level: Overall score of 115 on the Duolingo English test
Good level: Overall score of 125 on the Duolingo English test
Advanced level: Overall score of 135 on the Duolingo test

Test provider details

Web: Duolingo English Test

UCL will introduce the new Duolingo subscores in the English language requirement for entry to the 2021/22 academic year. The required subscores will be published here before the beginning of the 2021/22 admissions cycle and from that point, will apply to all offer holders providing Duolingo test results to satisfy an English language condition.

UCL Pre-sessional English courses

Standard level: Overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the sub-tests.
Good level: Overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the sub-tests.
Advanced level: Overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the sub-tests.

Test provider details

Web: UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)

Hong Kong Certificate of Education English Language (Standards-Referenced Reporting Scheme)

Standard level: Pass at grade 3
Good level: Pass at grade 3
Advanced level: Pass at grade 4

Please note that English Language taken as part of the HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) is not acceptable.

Test provider details

Web: Hong Kong Certificate of Education English Language

Malaysian Certificate of Education English Language Communicational (122)

Standard level: Pass at grade 6
Good level: Pass at grade 6
Advanced level: Pass at grade 4

Test provider details

Web: Malaysian Certificate of Education

International Baccalaureate (IB) - when examined in 2013 or beyond

Standard level

For native or near-native speakers:
IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature at either higher or standard level - grade 4

For non-native speakers:
IB English Language B at higher level - grade 4
IB English Language B at standard level - grade 6

Good level

For native or near-native speakers:
IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature at either higher or standard level - grade 4

For non-native speakers:
IB English Language B at higher level - grade 4
IB English Language B at standard level - grade 6

Advanced level

For native or near-native speakers:
IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature at either higher or standard level - grade 5

For non-native speakers:
IB English Language B at higher level - grade 5
IB English Language B at standard level - grade 7

Test provider details

Web: International Baccalaureate

European School Leaving/Matriculation Certificates

Austria

All levels: In the Matura/Reifeprufung, 2 (gut) in English when both written and oral examinations have been taken.

Belgium

All levels: In the Diploma van Secundair or the Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur, the equivalent of 8/80%/grote onderscheiding/avec grande distinction in English.

Denmark

All levels: In the Studentereksamen, 10 in English.

European Baccalaureate

All levels: 8 in English as either an Obligatory Subject (Language I or II) or as a Full Option (Language III or IV).

Finland

All levels: In the Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen matriculation examination, 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in English at the Advanced Level.

France

All levels: In the Baccalaureat General or the Option International du Baccalaureat with 13 (assez bien) in English, where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1.

Germany

All levels: In the Abitur, 12 (gut) in English when taken as an achievement/main/intensive course.

Iceland

All levels: In the Studentsprof matriculation examination, 8 in English when taken as a compulsory modern language.

Luxembourg

All levels: In the Examen de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires, 45 (bien) in English.

The Netherlands

All levels: In the Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) diploma, 7 (ruim voldoende) in English.

Norway

All levels: In the Vitnemal - videregaende opplaering, 5 in English.

Sweden

All levels: In the Avgangsbetyg, C in English.

Switzerland

All levels: In the Maturitatzeugnis/Certificat de Maturite/Attestato de Maturita federal maturity certificate or the federally-recognised cantonal maturity certificate, 5 (gut/bien/bene) in English.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

UCL will accept the Pearson Test of English (Academic), often referred to as PTE (Academic). The test is taken online at a recognised test centre.

Standard level: 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component
Good level: 69 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each component
Advanced level: 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each component.

Test provider details

Web: Pearson Test of English

Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III

Standard level: Successful completion of ISE III with a ‘pass’ in all components
Good level: Successful completion of ISE III with ‘merit’ in all components
Advanced level: Successful completion of ISE III with ‘distinction’ in all components

Contact details

Web: www.trinitycollege.com/contact