With the start of term rapidly approaching you will now be looking to meet all your conditions, including any English language requirements to make sure you are ready for the start of term. As there is often high demand for places on tests such as IELTS over the summer months, it is important that you start preparing as early as possible! If you are not sure what test to take, please make sure you have had a look at the English language requirements page as this provides detailed information about the tests that we accept and the level that we require.
Due to the impact of the pandemic on testing centres, we are currently accepting the online/at home versions of many of the tests for 2021 intakes, including Duolingo, IELTS Indicator and TOEFL at home in place of the in-person tests.
Test scores are valid for 2 years and MUST be valid on the start date of your programme, so if you have previously taken a test please do check the date before relying on it to meet conditions.
Preparing for your English Language Test
Many of the English language test providers offer free online resources such as practice tests, test tutorials and short courses to help you with your test preparation. Depending on what test you are planning on taking, you should find the following sites useful:
- IELTS: Prepare for IELTS
- TOEFL iBT: Prepare for the Test
- Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE): PTE Academic Preparation
- Duolingo: Prepare to do your best
British Council IELTS and Future Learn open up a *free, 6 week online course Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests which offers test preparation guidance from ‘a video tutor and a team of experienced IELTS educators’ as stated on the FutureLearn website. Whilst completion of the course can’t be used to satisfy the Business School’s English language requirement, it should prove useful whilst you prepare to take the test.
(*using the free trial option!)
Changes to TOEFL 2019
The TOEFL programme recently announced the addition of ‘My Best Scores’ to TOEFL iBT’ score reports, starting from August 2019. You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores (‘My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the ETS website. Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.
Satisfying your offer condition
Admitted students should aim to meet the conditions of their offer by 4 August 2021. If you require a visa, it is advisable to aim to meet your conditions as early as possible to ensure that there is enough time to prepare for a visa application once CAS’s begin to be issued. As such, when booking your test, please keep in mind that the processing times for results vary between test provider. On their website, IELTS list a 13 day processing time (3-5 days for some homes tests), TOEFL iBT lists a processing time of approximately 6-8 days, PTE advise you to contact them if you have not received a result within 5 days and Duolingo results can be available 48 hours after completing the test.
If you have booked a test, good luck! If you have not yet booked a test, please try and do this as soon as possible. Finally, if you have completed a test that satisfies our English language requirement, please have a look at the Next Steps page to see how and where to submit your results. If you think getting a test in on time is going to be a problem, please do let us know as soon as possible as we may be able to recommend an alternative!
We hope to see you on one of our programmes!