In order to be a successful applicant, you will need to cover a UK university's English Language requirements.

You will be asked to provide a CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) Certificate. If you don't have any of them you may be asked to attend internal English exams. There are 4 separate modules you may be asked to complete – Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening. Applicants who successfully complete the assessments will receive an unconditional offer. Applicants who are not successful are notified in writing with a rejection letter, sent electronically via email.

Speaking

You may have an academic interview, an admission interview, or even both. They will be conducted face to face and your answers will be recorded. During the academic interview, you will demonstrate your English ability. The admission interview is designed to assess the credibility of the applicant.

  • Academic Interview example:

PART TIME CATEGORY
1 4-5 minutes Introduction & Interview on Familiar Topics
2 3-4 minutes Individual Long Turn or Extended Speaking
or Monologue
3 4-5 minutes Two-Way Discussion or Topic Discussion
  • Admission Interview example:

You will likely fail if:

  • You cannot communicate clearly with the interviewer
  • Your reasons and motivations to study are unclear
  • You do not demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the programme you have chosen to study; how you will be studying; the university degree you have chosen and why; your personal statement; information about the references you have provided; etc

Writing

In the writing task, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument, or problem. There is only one essay you will need to complete, writing no less than 250 words under a time limit of 40 minutes.

  • Use paragraphs clearly: put one idea in each paragraph
  • Do not repeat ideas using different words
  • Do not copy whole sentences from the question – you will receive no marks for this
  • Focus on the topic: do not write about unrelated subjects
  • Pay attention to the number of words required for the writing; you will lose marks if you do not write at least 250 words
  • Learn to recognise how long 250 words would look, as you will not have time to count during the test
  • You must write your answers in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks
  • Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes
  • Avoid informal language
  • Do not memorise model answers; examiners are trained to recognise them and your test will be invalidated
  • Spend several minutes re-reading and correcting your answers

Listening

The listening module usually takes 40 minutes. There are several questions, separated into different sections. Sections become increasingly difficult. You will be given about 30 seconds to study the questions before the start of each section.

 Type of questions:

  • Multiple choice
  • Short-answer question
  • Sentence completion
  • Labeling a diagram that has numbered parts
  • Classification
  • Matching

Reading

The reading test contains several passages to read with increasing difficulty, and then there are questions to answer. Though you can write notes on the Question Paper, you must enter your answers on the Reading Answer Sheet. Be aware that no extra time is given for transferring your answers from the test booklet to the Reading Answer Sheet.

  • Each section contains one long text
  • Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest
  • Texts are appropriate and accessible to candidates entering undergraduate, postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration
  • Texts range from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical. Texts may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs, or illustrations

 

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