The University Admission English Test

English proficiency required for university studies abroad

admission test for universityStudents planning to study abroad have to meet the requirements defined by the university admissions office. Programmes taught in English require also the English exam certificate or other proof of English proficiency.

Students are usually responsible for finding an institution that offers an English assessment on their own.

Requirements may vary by a university. We always recommend checking the specifics with each educational institution.

 

Students need to consider these four things before signing up for the English test for university admission:

 

1. Which English proficiency level is required for admission?

Undergraduate study (BA) typically requires B1-B2 English CEFR level, postgraduate studies (MA, PhD) require B2 or C1.
Universities accept also the global certificates with the different scoring system but aligned to CEFR, e.g., IELTS or TOEFL exam.

B1 = IELTS 4 or TOEFL score 57-86.
B2 = Cambridge First Certificate (FCE), IELTS 5-6 or TOEFL 87-109.
C1 = Cambridge Advanced (CAE), IELTS 7 or TOEFL 110-120.
(CEFR descriptors)

 

2. Which English exams are accepted by the university?

IELTS and TOEFL certificates are the most expensive, universally accepted general English exams.

If you are in saving mode, check with your Admission Office which other language certificates your university can accept. In some cases, national English exams, high school leaving exams or TrackTest English exams are also accepted as a more affordable and practical alternative.

 

3. Which English skills are tested in the English exam?

For some universities, a proof of passive English knowledge (receptive skills) is satisfactory, with their main focus on reading comprehension skills.
However, most schools require the full-scale test covering all four skills– reading and listening comprehension as well as speaking (oral) and writing production.

TrackTest English test is suitable for both scenarios. Receptive skills (Grammar/Use of English, Reading, Listening) are the standard part of the Core test. If needed, you can additionally take also the Speaking&Writing exam in order to get a complete four-skills TrackTest exam certificate.

 

4. Where is the English exam taken (security, proctoring)?

English tests for school admission are considered to be high-stakes exams so the more strict level of control is necessary. An English test is typically taken through the specialised assessment centres and in the controlled environment. A disadvantage of this model is that students need to wait for the available dates for the exam sessions. Then they have to travel to the nearest centre to take it and wait for the results.

Basic TrackTest English tests are provided as the unverified online tests. However, for the purposes of university admission, we recommend taking TrackTest in the verified assessment centre or from home via the optional Verified Exam. Such proctored English exams with the verified identity have it specifically mentioned in the certificate.

Validity checker: University admission officers should be also able to check the authenticity of the certificate. All main English assessment providers have special online systems where they can verify the validity of the certificates.

TrackTest English certificates can be checked on this website: https://app.tracktest.eu/certificate
(you will need the name of test-taker and the unique Test ID number from the certificate)

 

Are you the university admission officer?

Contact us if you consider accepting TrackTest certificates in your institution!

We can give you more information and trial access to our assessment system for evaluation purposes.

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