English Language Tests and Requirements for UK Study and Visa

Indian students who want to study in the UK need to take an English Language Test and meet the minimum entry requirements for UK study. An English Language Test is also required for a UK student visa. The test is taken to show that the candidate has the suitable reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities in english language required for living and studying in the UK.

What are the Alternate English Language Tests for the UK?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the world’s most popular English language proficiency tests accepted for education and migration purposes in the UK. Universities in the UK also accept other popular English Tests which include PTE, TOEFL and Duolingo. The English language entry requirements vary between universities and courses and you should check the minimum requirements for different types of English Language Tests for your particular course and university in the UK before taking your English exam.  

English Language Tests for UK Universities

1. Pearson Test for English (PTE)

Pearson Test for English (PTE) is a very popular english test accepted by 98% of all UK universities. PTE tests english skills in four different categories including reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

Types of Test

PTE Academic

This is an entirely computer based exam of approximately three hours and is powered by AI technology. It assesses reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities in the English Language with the help of 20 different types of tasks in a real life setting. 

Suitable for those interested in studying undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK, it can be booked at a short notice at any of the 250+ global test centres. Students are given an overall score as well as a section specific score based on the Global Scale of English (GSE) between 10 to 90 points.

PTE Academic UKVI

PTE Academic UKVI is a test approved by the UK Visas and Immigration Office for all UK visas. There is not much difference between the PTE Academic and PTE Academic UKVI in terms of format and content. It is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) which tests the basic four skills for general Tier 4 students visas and the Tier 2 and other work visas.

Pearson Versant English Test

Due to the Covid-19 situation, UK universities are also accepting an online version of the PTE  Academic test which can be taken from the safety of your home, the Pearson Versant English Test. Versant is an automated AI based language test delivered in 100+ countries with a 24x7 availability and can be taken anytime without prior appointment.

2. Duolingo

Duolingo is a certified English proficiency test which can be taken online anytime, anywhere. It lasts for an hour and the results are shared within two days. The test includes a 10 minute video interview along with a 45 minute adaptive test for a graded section based evaluation of the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English language. 

PTE and Duolingo Classes in India with SI-UK

At SI-UK we provide customised English Language classes for PTE and Duolingo exams, helping you improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills with intensive and inclusive PTE/Duolingo preparation courses.

PTE/Duolingo Preparation Courses at SI-UK India

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Prepare for English Language Tests for the UK 

Sign up for the PTE/ Duolingo Preparation Classes with SI-UK India if you wish to improve your PTE/ Duolingo score

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