English language requirements - 2022 entry

Nationals of a majority English-speaking country may be accepted without an English language qualification if during the application process you have demonstrated that you are able to understand written and spoken English to the required level.

Duolingo (for students starting in September 2022)

We understand that some students may be facing difficulties accessing in-person English Language tests, for example due to the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID pandemic. Therefore we can confirm that where students are having difficulties taking an acceptable English language test in their home country, because of lockdowns, travel restrictions or test centres being closed for whatever reasons, we will accept Duolingo for students starting their studies in September 2022.

Requirements for the Duolingo are shown in the below table, please check the standard IELTS requirement for the relevant programme in order to confirm the equivalent score required within the Duolingo. 

 Required scores
IELTS  7.5 no lower than 7.0 in any other section 7.5 no lower than 6.5 in any other section 7.0 no lower than 7.0 in any other section 7.0 no lower than 6.5 in any other section 7.0 no lower than 6.0 in any other section 6.5 no lower than 6.5 in any other section 6.5 no lower than 6.0 in any other section 6.0 no lower than 6.0 in any other section 6.0 no lower than 5.5 in any other section 5.5 (with no subskill less than 5.0)
Duolingo 130 with 120 in Literacy and conversation 130 with 110 in Literacy and conversation 125 with 120 in Literacy and conversation 125 with 110 in Literacy and conversation 125 with 100 in Literacy and conversation 115 with 110 in Literacy and conversation 115 with 100 in Literacy and conversation 105 with 100 in Literacy and conversation 105 with 90 in Literacy and conversation 95 with 90 in Literacy and conversation

English language requirements vary by programme, and our individual programme pages list the required test scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson.

Other accepted English language tests

We also accepted many other English language tests. Once you know the required IELTS score from your chosen programme you can look up the corresponding profiles below.

  • Profile A - IELTS 6.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any section
  • Profile B - IELTS 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section
  • Profile C - IELTS 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section

These tests are valid for 2 years prior to the start of the programme

Test nameRequired score
IELTS and IELTS Indicator (International English Language Testing System – academic version) 6.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any section
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL iBT Paper Edition Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking. MyBest scores are not accepted
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE and Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE online 64 overall with no less than 64 in all communicative skills
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator with minimum minimum 33 in writing, speaking, listening & reading
AES-Bellerbys (Study Group) Minimum of 60% overall, no less than 60% in any section

These tests are valid for 7 years prior to the start of the programme

Test nameRequired score
A or AS level English Grade D
GCSE English Language/Cambridge GCE O level/Cambridge OverseasSchool Certificate Grade C
Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language Grade C
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade B
Cambridge Pre-U Literature in English (Principal Subject) P2
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BTGCSE) Grades 3-6 (credit); Grade C
Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency 170 overall and no less than 169 in any other section
Edexcel IGCSE English as a First Language Grade C
Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade B
European Baccalaureate L1 55%
European Baccalaureate L2 65%
European Baccalaureate L3 65%
French Baccalaureat Grade 12
French Baccalaureat (option International du Baccalaureat) Grade 10
HKDSE English (Core) Level 4 overall
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (ISC, CBSE,Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Karnataka, KeralaBoards) 65%
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (West BengalBoard).  60%
International Baccalaureate English Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Level Grade 4
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Grade C (4)
Malaysian SPM English (1119/O level paper only) Grade C
Norwegian Vitnemal - videregaende opplaering Overall score of 4
NCUK's EAP (English for Academic Purposes) B overall and no less than D in any section
Ontario Secondary School Certificate Grade C (75%)
Canada Year 12 Secondary School Certificate / High School Diploma(except Quebec) Grade C 75%)
Singaporean Applicants "Singapore-Cambridge O level English grade C or Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts grade C or better
 
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South African National Senior Certificate/South AfricanMatriculation Certificate Grade 4
Trinity ISE III exams (SELT variant only) Merit in writing section and pass in all other sections
West African Examinations Council SSCE in English at firstsitting Grade C6
Uganda National Examinations Board Certificate of Education (UCE) Grades 3-6 (credit); Grade C
USA High School Graduation Diploma Grade C (75%)
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education O level English Grade C
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education Advanced level English(ZIMSEC) Grade D

These tests are valid for 2 years prior to the start of the programme

Test nameRequired score
IELTS and IELTS Indicator (International English Language Testing System – academic version) 6.5 overall and no less than 6 in any other section
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL iBT Paper Edition 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking. MyBest scores are not accepted
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE and Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE online 67 with no less than 64 in all communicative skills
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator with minimum 39 in speaking, writing, listening, reading
AES-Bellerbys (Study Group) Minimum of 70% overall, no less than 60% in any subskill

These tests are valid for 7 years prior to the start of the programme

Test nameRequired score
A or AS level English Grade D
GCSE English Language/Cambridge GCE O level/Cambridge Overseas School Certificate Grade C
Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language Grade C
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade B
Cambridge Pre-U Literature in English (Principal Subject) P2
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BTGCSE) Grades 3-6 (credit); Grade C
Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency 176 overall, no less than 169 in any element
Edexcel IGCSE English as a First Language Grade C
Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade B
European Baccalaureate L1 60%
European Baccalaureate L2 70%
European Baccalaureate L3 70%
French Baccalaureat Grade 12
French Baccalaureat (option International du Baccalaureat) Grade 10
HKDSE English (Core) Level 4 overall
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala Boards) 70%
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (West Bengal Board).  65%
International Baccalaureate English Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Level Grade 6
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Grade C (4)
Malaysian SPM English (1119/O level paper only) Grade C
Norwegian Vitnemal – videregaende opplaering Overall score of 4
NCUK's EAP (English for Academic Purposes) B overall, no less than C in any section
Ontario Secondary School Certificate Grade C (75%)
Canada Year 12 Secondary School Certificate / High School Diploma (except Quebec) Grade C (75%)
Singaporean Applicants Singapore-Cambridge O level English grade B or Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts grade B or better
South African National Senior Certificate/South African Matriculation Certificate Grade 4
Trinity ISE III exams (SELT variant only) Merit in writing section and pass in all other sections
West African Examinations Council SSCE in English at first sitting Grade C6
Uganda National Examinations Board Certificate of Education (UCE) Grades 3-6 (credit); Grade C
USA High School Graduation Diploma Grade C (75%)
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education O level English Grade C
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education Advanced level English (ZIMSEC) Grade D

These tests are valid for 2 years prior to the start of the programme

Test nameRequired score
IELTS and IELTS Indicator (International English Language Testing System – academic version) 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL iBT Paper Edition 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking. MyBest scores are not accepted
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE and Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE online 70 overall with no less than 60 in all communicative skills.
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 Expert with minimum 25 in speaking, writing, listening, reading
AES-Bellerbys (Study Group) Minimum of 70% overall, no less than  60% in any subskill

These tests are valid for 7 years prior to the start of the programme

Test nameRequired score
A or AS level English Grade C
GCSE English Language/Cambridge GCE O level/Cambridge Overseas School Certificate Grade B
Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language Grade B
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade A
Cambridge Pre-U Literature in English (Principal Subject) M3
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BTGCSE) Grades 1 and 2 (distinction); Grades A and B
Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency 185 overall, no less than 169 in any element
Edexcel IGCSE English as a First Language Grade B
Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade A
European Baccalaureate L1 70%
European Baccalaureate L2 80%
European Baccalaureate L3 80%
French Baccalaureat Grade 14
French Baccalaureat (option International du Baccalaureat) Grade 12
HKDSE English (Core) Level 5 overall  
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala Boards) 80%
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (West Bengal Board).  75%
International Baccalaureate English Standard Level Grade 6 or Higher Level grade 5. English as a first language only acceptable
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Grade B (5)
Malaysian SPM English (1119/O level paper only) Grade B
Norwegian Vitnemal – videregaende opplaering Overall score of 5
NCUK's EAP (English for Academic Purposes) A overall, no less than C in any section
Ontario Secondary School Certificate Grade B (85%)
Canada Year 12 Secondary School Certificate / High School Diploma (except Quebec) Grade B (85%)
Singaporean Applicants Singapore-Cambridge O level English grade B or Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts grade B or better
South African National Senior Certificate/South African Matriculation Certificate Grade 5
Trinity ISE III exams (SELT variant only) Distinction in speaking and listening and nothing less than merit in other sections
West African Examinations Council SSCE in English at first sitting Grade B3
Uganda National Examinations Board Certificate of Education (UCE) Grades 1 and 2 (distinction); Grades A and B
USA High School Graduation Diploma Grade B (85%)
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education O level English Grade B
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education Advanced level English (ZIMSEC) Grade C

These tests are valid for 2 years prior to the start of the programme

Test nameRequired score
IELTS and IELTS Indicator (International English Language Testing System – academic version) Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL iBT Paper Edition 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, and no less than 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking. MyBest scores are not accepted
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE and Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE online 70 with no less than 67 in writing skills and 64 in all other communicative skills
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 Expert with minimum 33 in writing, and no less than 31 in speaking, listening and reading
AES-Bellerbys (Study Group) Minimum of 70% overall, no less than 65% in writing any no less than 55% in any subskill

These tests are valid for 7 years prior to the start of the programme

Test nameRequired score
A or AS Grade C
GCSE English Language/Cambridge GCE O level/Cambridge OverseasSchool Certificate Grade B. English as a second language not accepted
Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language Grade B
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U Literature in English (Principal Subject) M3
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BTGCSE) Not accepted
Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency 185 overall, no less than 176 in any element
Edexcel IGCSE English as a First Language Grade B
Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language Not accepted
European Baccalaureate L1 70%
European Baccalaureate L2 80%
European Baccalaureate L3 80%
French Baccalaureat Grade 14
French Baccalaureat (option International du Baccalaureat) Grade 12
HKDSE English (Core) Level 5 overall  
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala Boards, Telangana State) 85% from ISC/CBSE Board only. Other State Boards not accepted
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (West BengalBoard).  75%
International Baccalaureate English Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Level Grade 4
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Not accepted
Malaysian SPM English (1119/O level paper only) Grade B
Norwegian Vitnemal - videregaende opplaering Overall score of 5
NCUK's EAP (English for Academic Purposes) A overall, no less than B in any section
Ontario Secondary School Certificate Grade B (85%)
Canada Year 12 Secondary School Certificate / High School Diploma(except Quebec) Grade B (85%)
Singaporean Applicants Singapore-Cambridge O level English grade B or Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts grade B or better
South African National Senior Certificate/South AfricanMatriculation Certificate Grade 5
Trinity ISE III exams (SELT variant only) Distinction in speaking and listening and nothing less than merit in other sections
West African Examinations Council SSCE in English at firstsitting Not accepted
Uganda National Examinations Board Certificate of Education (UCE) Not accepted
USA High School Graduation Diploma Grade B (85%)
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education O level English Grade B
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education Advanced level English(ZIMSEC) Grade C

The INTO University of Exeter Centre, based on the Streatham Campus, offers intensive, pre-sessional courses lasting six or ten weeks. If you do not meet the University’s English language requirements for direct entry to postgraduate study, pre-sessional study can help to raise your linguistic ability to the required standard for the degree programme. These courses are now available in person and online.

If you have taken any other acceptable test and wish to confirm if a pre-sessional English course is required or recommended, please enquire online.

If you successfully complete a pre-sessional course at INTO University of Exeter and meet the progression requirements for entry to your academic programme of study, it is not necessary to undertake an additional IELTS or TOEFL test. Please note that we do not accept pre-sessional courses delivered by other INTO centres or organisations.

The Centre also offers an Academic English course. This course will be offered online and on campus from April to July 2022 and is an acceptable test.

View the latest Pre-sessional English brochure 2022 (.pdf)

The following countries are those we deem to be a majority English-speaking country:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada*
  • Dominica 
  • Grenada 
  • Guyana 
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia 
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA 

If you are a national of one of the above countries, you are not required to submit evidence of English language proficiency.

If you have undertaken a full degree in one of the above countries, you will not be required to submit further evidence of your English language if you have:

  • Completed it no more than two years before the intended start of your chosen postgraduate programme.
  • The degree certificate is successfully verified with the issuing body on receipt. Any applicant found to have submitted a fraudulent score will have their application withdrawn.

*Canadian nationals are exempt from English Language requirements. Non-Canadian nationals are exempt from English if their entire degree has been studied at an Anglophone Canadian university.

If you wish to defer your entry to the University, we may ask you to re-take your test if your original offer was based on a test which will be out of date at the point of registration. Our English language programme requirements and other accepted tests provide details of how long your qualification is deemed valid.

All test scores are verified with the issuing body on receipt. Any applicant found to have submitted a fraudulent score will have their application withdrawn.

The University reserves the right to change minimum English language requirements during an application cycle in-line with any compliance guidance released by the Home Office. In the event of a change in Home Office policy which affects entry requirements, the University will notify affected applicants in writing.

Exemptions

Full degrees studied in full and completed in a majority speaking English country if taken no more than two years prior to enrolment.