• English Language Exams

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    We have worked with IELTS & Trinity College London the UK Government’s 2 approved examining Boards in Secure English Language Tests, to help us provide a comparative guide to English Language Exams, most used by Schools and Boarding Schools as entry requirements.

    • We compare these ‘entry’ exams, offered by both the Government approved examining Boards-Trinity and IELTS here

    • Plus a breakdown of Trinity’s English language speaking exams ESOL here


    Please note that each Boarding School and University featured on the site will have different levels of English competency required for entry and this can vary by University course as well, within an institution, so please do check. As a guide, IELTS 6.5 is a popular level of English competency for selective Schools and Universities, but non selective Boarding schools particularly may have a lower IELTS entry level.


    Online English Courses

    FutureLearn run a range of English Language online courses  including IELTS accredited options, notably: Inside IELTS: Preparing for the Test with the Experts ‘Learn about the skills you need for IELTS Academic on this free course from Cambridge Assessment English, the makers of the test.’


    VISA applications-what level of English do I need?

    Please do visit this page of the British Council’s web site that gives up to date information on this matter. You can then compare the level of English needed against this page which explains which English level matches which English language exam.


    For Mandarin speakers this web site also offers information about IELTS, TOEFL and other English language exam options.