Indian students have to submit a proof of their english language skills as a mandatory entry requirement for studying at UK universities. Results of various internationally accredited english language tests such as IELTS, TOEFL and PTE are accepted by universities in the UK for this purpose.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic many students have been unable to take these tests at test centres. Therefore, most universities in the UK are now accepting various Online English Language Tests taken from home which means that Indian students can now meet their english language entry requirements easily and continue to study undergraduate and postgraduate courses at UK universities during the academic year 2020/2021. Moreover students only require basic resources such as internet connection and computers with microphones and webcam to take the online english tests from the safety and comfort of their homes.
Online English Language Tests for UK Universities
1. IELTS Indicator
IELTS indicator is a new online english test specially designed to help students take the english language proficiency test during the Covid-19 situation. This is an academic test accepted by most UK universities and supported by the British Council. Taken from the comfort of your home, IELTS indicator tests reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and indicative scores are provided in seven days.
Although the IELTS indicator is now being accepted by most UK universities, it is advisable to consult with your SI-UK counsellor before booking the online test to check whether your desired university is using this test.
2. TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
TOEFL, or the Test of English as a Foreign Language, is a long established form of English language proficiency, already accepted by many UK universities. A special home edition for this test is now being offered temporarily for students who are unable to take the test at test centres. Tests are monitored by a human proctor online and these can be available as soon as 24 hours after registration. Test scores are received within 6-10 days and results can be sent to the chosen university directly.
3. Password English Language Test
The Password English Language Test is designed to provide customisable high quality testing and is one of the world’s most recognised english language assessments. These tests are extremely user friendly and managed entirely online. Password English Language Tests are accepted by many UK universities but can only be taken by students with a conditional offer.
The Duolingo English Test can be taken online at any given time and it only takes an hour. The test is recognised by most UK universities for September 2020 entry and the results are available within 2 days. The test includes a 10 minute video interview to open-ended questions and a 45 minute adaptive test to evaluate the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
5. Pearson Test of English (Pearson Versant English Placement Test)
The Pearson PTE academic test is generally accepted worldwide as proof of english language proficiency and its scores are valid for 2 years. Widely trusted and recognised PTE is a computer based testing which can be scheduled upto 24 hours in advance all round the year. Many UK universities are now accepting Pearson’s Versant Online Test which can be taken from the safety of home.
6. University Online English Tests
Many UK universities are also providing their own individual online english language tests for international students during the Covid-19 situation such as Brunel University London, Birmingham City University, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. Consult your SI-UK consultants to learn more about which universities are offering their own english language tests online.
Study in the UK
Want to study in the UK? Learn more about applying to UK universities and meeting the english language requirements for September 2020 entry by booking a free consultation with SI-UK India today.
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