Your chosen training providers will tell you what standard of English, both written and spoken, you need to take a postgraduate teacher training course. If English is not your first language, most training providers will want you to have a qualification in English or to take a specified test in English. This will show the training provider that you will be able to cope with the course and to teach in English. To find out which English language proficiency tests are acceptable, you should contact the admissions office or international office at each training provider where you wish to apply.
The UK Border Agency has specified some English language requirements for students coming to study in the UK. The English language tests in the list below may or may not meet these requirements. Find out more about the UK Border Agency's requirements.
Cambridge English exams are accepted by the UK Border Agency for Tier 4 student visas. They can be taken in 2,500 centres in over 130 countries. Centres are listed at www.CambridgeESOL.org/Centres
Various tests are offered:
For more information, visit: www.CambridgeESOL.org
Offered by ASCENTIS, Cambridge ESOL, City and Guilds, Edexcel, Education Development International plc (EDI), English Speaking Board (ESB), National Open College Network (NOCN) and Trinity College London (TCL). The levels are set to equivalent NQF Levels.
IELTS is accepted by over 6000 institutions worldwide, and is offered up to four times a month at test centres in more than 130 countries. IELTS assesses all your English language skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking. The speaking module is assessed in a face-to-face conversational interview with a qualified examiner.
Candidates receive an IELTS Test Report Form which details their test scores. IELTS scores are given in bands from 1 - 9, including half bands. Most universities and colleges in the UK will require between bands 5.0 to 7.5, depending on the content of the course. IELTS Test Report Forms have a recommended validity of two years and can be verified by the institution receiving them via a secure online service.
IELTS is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. To find a list of test centres, which institutions are recognising the test and for general information go to: www.ielts.org
For further information, please contact: Malaysian Examinations Council Bangunan MPM, Persiaran 1, Bandar Baru Selayang,68100 Batu Caves, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
A score of 80 or above for admission to higher education in the UK, and 90 or above should be required for programmes with high literary content.
Password is an online English language test designed for students preparing for academic study. It is suitable for students planning to join international foundation programmes, pre-sessional courses, pre-master's programmes and courses in English for academic purposes. Password is also used to pre-test students joining undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Password is aligned to the CEFR and discriminates between CEFR level A2 to C1. It takes one hour to complete, is securely delivered online, and gives instant test results.
Further information, including the location of Password education counselling centres is available at: www.englishlanguagetesting.co.uk
Pearson Test of English General (PTE General): consisting of two parts: a written paper and an oral exam. The written paper tests listening, reading, comprehension and writing skills. Both parts are externally assessed. Universities and colleges may accept Level 3 (Council of Europe Level B2), Level 4 (Council of Europe Level C1) or Level 5 (Council of Europe Level C2) for entry at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): A computer-based test of international academic English recognised by over 2,500 programmes worldwide including hundreds of universities around the UK, as well as the UK Border Agency. Test takers receive an overall score and sub-scores for reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
The test is available throughout the year at secure test delivery centres around the world. Scores are available online typically within 5 business days and students can prepare using official PTE Academic practice tests. Most institutions will require a PTE Academic score in the range of 50-64. Some institutions may list a higher or lower score depending on the course.
Further information is available at www.pearsonpte.com/testme
The Test of Interactive English (TIE) is an international English language examination, developed and quality assured by the Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services (ACELS). ACELS is a function of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI). NQAI provides official certification of candidate attainment in this test.
TIE is an integrated four skills test which assesses learners' communicative and interactive skills in both predictable and spontaneous situations. It assesses learners of English for academic, professional, business and general purposes.
Performance is measured by what the candidate can do according to the CEFR Scale of Language Proficiency.
For further information please visit www.tieexams.com
Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE):
Integrated Skills in English (ISE):
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test is offered in internet-based (iBT) and paper-based (PBT) formats. Please visit www.ets.org/toefl/locations to locate your nearest test centre.
The TOEFL iBT consists of four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing, and the entire test is four hours long. Scores are split into the four sections and an overall total score is provided.
The test is recognised and accepted in over 8,000 institutions and agencies globally. View the complete list of universities and colleges that accept TOEFL at www.ets.org/toefl/ukdirectory. Each institution will list their TOEFL score requirements on their website and these may vary.
For further information on TOEFL please visit www.ets.org/toefl.
Examinations have reading, writing, listening, speaking and use of English components graded separately from the overall grade on the transcript. Each examination has pass, merit or distinction.