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English language requirements - 2022 entry

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

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

*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 reside in one of these countries, you are not required to submit evidence of English language proficiency if you:

  • Have undertaken a full degree in one of these countries and completed it no more than two years before the intended start of your chosen undergraduate 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 Any applicant found to have submitted a fraudulent score will have their application withdrawn.

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 score below.

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

Test nameRequired score
IELTS (International English Language Testing System – academic version) 6.5 overall and no less than 6 in any other section
TOEFL IBT and TOEFL special home edition 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE 58 with no less than 55 in all skills
LanguageCert SELT LanguageCert 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 C8
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 (International English Language Testing System – academic version) 7 overall and no less than 6 in any other section
TOEFL IBT and TOEFL special home edition 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE 65 overall with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
LanguageCert SELT LanguageCert 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 (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 special home edition 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, and no less than 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE 65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills
LanguageCert SELT LanguageCert 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, KeralaBoards) 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 6 or Higher Level grade 5. English as a first language only acceptable
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

Further information

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. 

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.

Our Pre-sessional English programmes are designed to improve your English language skills to meet the standard required for your chosen degree at the University of Exeter. To find out more, and to submit an application, please visit the INTO University of Exeter website.

If you successfully complete the Pre-Sessional English programme 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.

If you have taken any other accepted test and wish to confirm if a pre-sessional English course is required or recommended, please contact us