English language requirements (2023)

Our courses are delivered in English. You need a sufficient level of English to complete your course and take part in classes and discussions, andsubmit assessments such as coursework and examinations..

You need to demonstrate your English language level by taking an approved English language test and sending us your results. Different courses need different levels of English, usually measured on the International English Language Test System (IELTS). You can see specific course requirements on the relevant course page.

International students who need to obtain a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Student Route Visa are required to meet the English Language requirements as outlined in the University's English Language Policy for UKVI students.

Some countries are exemptfrom meeting these English language requirements. The list of exempt countries is below.

If you need to improve your English before your course starts, you can join one of ourPre-Sessional English programmes.

Which English test should you take?

Many English tests are available, however you need to take one of the tests we recognise to join us. Your test must have been taken within 2 years of your intended course start date.

The current list of approved alternative English Language tests are:

English Language Tests

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a 9-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

For entry to University programmes you would be required to take the Academic IELTS test.

If you want to take a pre-sessional English course or a Foundation course, youmusttake your IELTS test at an approved UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) test centre.

You canbook your IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration here.

Generally, you need to have the following scores for different course levels:

Foundation courses

If you are interested in a Foundation or pathway course you need a minimum of IELTS band 5.5, with no component below 5.5.

Undergraduate courses

For most of our Bachelor's degrees, you need a minimum of IELTS band 6.0, with no component below 5.5. Some courses, especially those with a high level of discussion and writing, require higher scores. You can see course-specific details on the individual course pages.

Postgraduate course

For most of our Master's degrees, you need a minimum of IELTS band 6.5–7.0, with no component below 6.0. Some courses and PhDs require higher scores. You can see course-specific details on the individual course pages.

IELTS scores 5.0–6.5 are equivalent to a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level of B2, and a score of 7.0 is equivalent to a CEFR level of C1.

This will be accepted at the usual IELTS criteria for each course.

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The TOEFL iBT® (Internet-based test), delivered via the Internet, measures your ability to use and understand English at university level. It also evaluates how well you combine your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. The University of Portsmouth also accepts valid and verifiable TOEFL MyBest Scores.

As part of this test, you'll be asked for your institution choice to be a score recipient. Quote "3234" in this section to have your TOEFL score sent directly to us by the Educational Testing Service.

Generally, you need to have the following scores for different course levels:

Foundation courses

If you're interested in a Foundation or pathway course you need a score of 72 with a minimum of:

  • 18 in Reading
  • 17 in Listening
  • 20 in Speaking
  • 12 in Writing

Remember, if you're joining us on a Foundation or pre-sessional English course, youmusttake an approved UK Visas and Immigration test as well. The TOEFL is not recognised by UKVI.

Undergraduate courses

For most of our Bachelor's degrees, you need a score of 79 with a minimum of:

  • 18 in Reading
  • 17 in Listening
  • 20 in Speaking
  • 17 in Writing

Some courses, especially those with a high level of discussion and writing, require higher scores. You can see course-specific details on the individual course pages.

Postgraduate courses

For most of our Master's degrees, you need a score of 91 with a minimum of:

  • 20 in Reading
  • 19 in Listening
  • 21 in Speaking
  • 20 in Writing

Some courses, especially those with a high level of discussion and writing, require higher scores. You can see course-specific details on the individual course pages.

Please find more details of this test including available locations and how to registeron the ETS website. The required score on this test is the same as usual –please find details of the required TOEFL score in the section above.

The Pearson Test of English is another computer based test. It's based on real-life English skills you need to communicate effectively, using academically relevant tasks and measuring skills in an integrated way.

Please make sure you nominate University of Portsmouth to view your certificate online. This lets our admissions team verify your results.Generally, you need to have the following scores for different course levels:

Foundation courses

If you are interested in a Foundation, or pathway, course you need at least 51 points, with a minimum of 51 in each component. PTE is recognised by the UKVI and so can be used if you're joining us on a Foundation or pre-sessional English course.

Undergraduate courses

For most of our Bachelor's degrees, you need at least 54 points, with a minimum of 51 in each component. Some courses, especially those with a high level of discussion and writing, require higher scores. You can see course-specific details on the individual course pages.

Postgraduate courses

For most of our Master's degrees, you need at least 61 points, with a minimum of 54 in each component. Some courses and PhDs require higher scores. You can see course-specific details on the individual course pages.

Trinity College London

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Trinity College London provides Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) in 10 locations across the UK. These tests are approved for applications to UKVI for visas, British Citizenship and Leave to Remain.

You need an Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a pass in all 4 components to take 1 of our undergraduate or postgraduate courses.

C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), is aCambridge English Qualification. It's an in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that universities are looking for.

In 2015, the scoring system of this test was updated, so there are different requirements for scores depending on whether you took the test before or after 2015.

Generally, you need to have the following scores for different course levels:

Foundation courses

If you're interested in a Foundation, or pathway, course you need a score of 47 or above, with a minimum of Borderline in each skill on the pre-2015 test. If you took the test after 2015, you need an overall score of 162 with no component score less than 162.

Undergraduate courses

For most of our Bachelor's degrees, you need a score of 52 or above, with a minimum of Borderline in each skill on the pre-2015 test. If you took the test after 2015, you need an overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.

Some courses, especially those with a high level of discussion and writing, require higher scores. You can see course-specific details on the individual course pages.

Postgraduate courses

For most of our Master's degrees, you need a score of 58 or above, with a minimum of Borderline in each skill on the pre-2015 test. If you took the test after 2015, you need an overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.

Some courses and PhDs require higher scores. You can see course-specific details on the individual course pages.

Please see the Duolingo website for score equivalencies.

Offer conditions will be updated following a credibility interview or interview with one of the University of Portsmouth recruitment team.

The Certificate of Proficiency (ECPE) constitutes an official certification of knowledge of the English language at the C2 level, as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

It is awarded by the University of Michigan, one of the leading US Universities in the field of linguistic research, with lengthy experience in establishing and developing a broad range of English language examinations.

The ECPE is officially recognised in Greece by the state (Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection) and the private sector as a C2 level certification of English language competence. It is also recognised in several countries and can be used for academic and professional purposes.

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Generally, you need to have an average score of 750 pass (P) or higher for all courses.

Please note only the Secure English Language Test centre (SELT) exams can be accepted. The LanguageCert online version is not accepted.

LanguageCert offers UK Home Office approved SELT exams for UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) worldwide, covering all visa type requirements.

LanguageCert SELT exams are mapped to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) and the exams range from levels A1 to C2. LanguageCert SELT (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) is a four-skill language exam suite accepted for work and study visas, available at the following CEFR levels: B1, B2, C1, C2. Listening, Reading, Writing (Written component) and Speaking (Spoken component) can be taken independently of each other at the candidates' convenience, as long as they are taken within 14 days.

The benchmark for entry is:

Equivalent to IELTS 4.5: B1 Achiever B1 Overall Pass in the LanguageCert (SELT) (minimum Pass in all skills)

Equivalent to IELTS 5.0: B1 Achiever B1 Overall High Pass in the LanguageCert (SELT) (minimum Pass in all skills)

Equivalent to IELTS 5.5: B2 Communicator Pass in the LanguageCert (SELT) (minimum Pass in all skills)

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: B2 Communicator High Pass in the LanguageCert (SELT) (minimum Pass in all skills)

Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: B2 Communicator High Pass in the LanguageCert (SELT) (minimum Pass in all skills)

Please use the Portsmouth bespoke link to register your test. See the OIETC website for score equivalencies.

SkillsforEnglishis a SecureEnglishLanguage Qualification (SELT), approved by the UK Home Office, that’s assured by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and delivered via a network of test centres in over 120 countries by PSI Services.

For entry to the University of Portsmouth, requirements onSkillsforEnglishSELTat all of the fourskillscomprise:

  • Foundation courses: minimum B2 Pass
  • Undergraduate courses: minimum B2 Pass
  • Postgraduate courses: minimum B2 Pass with Merit

For more information about what’s on theSkillsforEnglishtests, seetheSkillsforEnglishwebsite. If you’d like to book aSkillsforEnglishSELTtest, visit theBook my skills for Englishwebsite.

With all of the above tests, the University of Portsmouth reserves the right to undertake additional applicant checks at the CAS issuance stage.

Countries exempt from English language requirements

If you're from one of the following countries where English is widely spoken, you don't need to have a specific grade in English, but you still need to meet the entry requirements for your course. You can find these on your specific course page.

  • Antigua and Barbuda (nationals)
  • Australia (nationals)
  • Barbados (nationals)
  • Belize (nationals)
  • Canada (nationals – if taught in English)
  • Dominica (nationals)
  • Grenada (nationals)
  • Guyana (nationals)
  • Ireland (nationals)
  • Jamaica (nationals)
  • New Zealand (nationals)
  • St Kitts and Nevis (nationals)
  • St Lucia (nationals)
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines (nationals)
  • The Bahamas (nationals)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (nationals)
  • USA (nationals)

In addition to this, if you are a UK degree holder, or hold a Bachelor Degree from one of the above countries you will also meet our English Language requirements for postgraduate study.

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Other English tests and qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course. You can find these listed below. The relevant qualifications are also mentioned on the individual country page.

Alternative English language qualifications

  • A or AS Level – Grade D or above in English
  • ESOL Skills for Life (when all three components completed) – Level 1
  • GCSE– Grade C or above in English Language
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma – Standard or Higher Level English Language minimum grade 4
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme – Minimum grade 4–7 in English Language
  • iGCSE First Language English syllabus 0500 and 0522 – Grade C or above in English
  • iGCSE English as a Second Language syllabus 0510 and 0511 – Grade C or above in English
  • NCUK– Overall grade C required and grade C minimum in all components
  • Overseas course delivered in English (NCQF 5 or above)– Evidence must be provided from the institution/provider that the course was fully taught in English for the duration of the study period. We apply a five year validity to the date the qualification was awarded, and a region specific approach to acceptance. Please contact our regional offices and advisersfor confirmation.
  • TESA (Test of English for Studies Abroad) – See published IELTS requirements on our course pages
  • Botswana Secondary School Certificate– Grade C or above in English
  • Cameroon General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level– Grade C or above in English
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)– Grade C or above in English
  • Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE): 1–6 English
  • Mauritius/Cambridge GCE O Level subject 1125– GCE O Level grade C (Oral 2) for entry to most UG programmes
  • Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary Level/Higher Level– Grade C or Grade 3 or above in English
  • Nigeria Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE/NECO)– Grade C6 or above in English (with NECO scratchcard to verify the results)
  • South Africa National Senior Certificate– Grade C or above in First Language English or Home Language
  • Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education– Grade C or above in English
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)– Grade C or above or between 1–6
  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)– Grade C6 or above in English (with a WASSCE/WAEC scratchcard to verify the results)
  • Zambia School Certificate / General Certificate of Education– Grade C or above in English
  • Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level– Grade C or above in English
  • Brunei/Cambridge GCE O Level subject 1120– GCE O Level grade C (Oral 2) for entry to most UG programmes
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)– An overall score of 4 with a minimum of 3 in each component
  • India Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Standard 12– 75% or above in English
  • Malaysia SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) (Malaysia Certificate of Education)– Grades 6C/6/C or above in English (Syllabus 1119 only)
  • Malaysia/Cambridge GCE O Level subject 1119– GCE O Level grade C (Oral 2) for entry to most UG programmes
  • Singapore/Cambridge GCE O Level subject 1128– GCE O Level grade C (Oral 2) for entry to most UG programmes
  • Cyprus Apolytirion –16 or above in English
  • Czech Republic Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) –Grade 2 or above in English
  • European Baccalaureate –Where English is a compulsory subject or a full option with a score of 7.5
  • Finland Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination) –Grade 4 or above in English
  • France Option Internationale du Baccalauréat –Grade 12 or above in English
  • German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Abitur –Grade 10 or above in English
  • Latvia Atestatas –80% or above in State Exam English
  • Lithuania State Exam –75 or above
  • Malta Secondary Education Certificate– 1–5 in English Language
  • Malta Intermediate or Advanced Matriculation Examination– C or above in English
  • Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) (Gymnasium A/B and Atheneum A/B) diploma– Grade 8 or above in English
  • Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School)– Grade 4 or above in English
  • Poland Matura– 65% or above in Extended Level English
  • Portugal Diploma/Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação– Grade 2 or above in English
  • Romania Diplomă de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma)– Romania Diplomă de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma)
  • Slovakia Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce/Maturita Grade 2 or above in English
  • Swedish Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan - mark of VG/Grade C in English
  • Canada Secondary School Diploma (Ontario only, other territories will be considered) –Grade 10 English above 60%
  • USA High School Graduation Diploma English Grade C or above (where English has been studied to Grade 12) –English Grade C or above (where English has been studied to Grade 12)
  • Other Commonwealth Countries –Cambridge GCE O Level subject 1123 –GCE O Level grade C (Oral 2)

FAQs

What is the English language requirement? ›

The English Language requirement is where the rules require an applicant on a particular route to show that they have a specified level of English language ability.

What are English proficiency requirements? ›

How do I demonstrate English proficiency?
  • Score 24 or higher for the ACT English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Score 31 or higher on Writing and Language in the SAT.
  • Score 3, 4 or 5 on the AP examination in English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition.

What level of English is required for University? ›

Universities will state their English language requirements in various tests: IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Cambridge English Advanced (also known as the Certificate in Advanced English/CAE or Cambridge ESOL).

What is the English language requirement in UK? ›

You must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ( CEFR ) scale. You can prove your knowledge of English by: passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider.

Who needs B1 English? ›

To become a British citizen or to settle in the UK (indefinite leave to remain), the required British Citizenship English language test is B1 SELT of the CEFR. This test is one of the Home Office's lists of approved English Language.

What is B1 B2 level of English? ›

English Levels and Certifications Guide A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Wall Street EnglishCAMBRIDGE ENGLISH SCALE
Levels 3-5 (A1)100-119
Levels 6-9 (A2)120-139
Levels 10-13 (B1)140-159
Levels 14-17 (B2)160-179
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What are the 5 levels of English language proficiency? ›

They are based on the Inter-agency Language Round-table (ILR) scale that is set by the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.
  • 0 – No Proficiency. ...
  • 1 – Elementary Proficiency. ...
  • 2 – Limited Working Proficiency. ...
  • 3 – Professional Working Proficiency. ...
  • 4 – Full Professional Proficiency. ...
  • 5 – Native / Bilingual Proficiency.
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What are the 3 levels of English language proficiency? ›

The CA ELD Standards define three proficiency levels—Emerging, Expanding, and Bridging*—to describe the stages of English language development through which ELs are expected to progress as they improve their abilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English.

What are the 6 levels of English language proficiency? ›

The six levels within the CEFR are A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. With these levels, you can easily work out your ability in around 40 different languages. The levels are often used casually by language learners to explain their ability at speaking, reading, writing and understanding a language.

What is a good English level? ›

Most conversations are held at B2 level, so you can speak with natives without difficulty and with spontaneity. You can also understand the main ideas of texts about topics you are familiar with. You can express yourself fluently in almost any situation, without the need to search for expressions.

Can you go to university with a 4 in English? ›

Regardless of the subject you want to study, the majority of university courses look for at least a grade 4 or 5 in English, maths and perhaps science. Some university courses go further and ask for specific subjects at GCSE, with certain grades, so check directly with universities if you're in doubt.

Which level of English is highest? ›

There are six CEFR levels:
  • A0/A1 English (Beginner/Elementary) ...
  • A2 English (Pre Intermediate) ...
  • B1 English (Intermediate) ...
  • B2 English (Upper Intermediate) ...
  • C1 English (Advanced) ...
  • C2 English (Proficient)

What level of English do you need to pass IELTS? ›

Cambridge English requirements

Overall IELTS band score 5.5 Overall Cambridge English Scale score of 162, achievable in B2 First or C1 Advanced. Overall IELTS band score 6.5 No less than 6.0 in any skill Overall Cambridge English Scale score of 176 from C1 Advanced. No less than 169 in any paper.

What level of English is required for Harvard? ›

Proficiency Levels

TOEFL iBT speaking score of 26 and above or IELTS 8 and above—GSAS oral English language requirement is met.

Does UK require 2 years of foreign language? ›

24 Credit Hours or More. Successfully completing two years of the same foreign language in high school will complete the university-level foreign language requirement.

What is A1 level English? ›

English level A1 is the first level of English in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), a definition of different language levels written by the Council of Europe. In everyday speech, this level would be called “beginner”, and indeed, that is the official level descriptor in the CEFR, also used by EF SET.

What level of English is B1+? ›

Intermediate level B1+

For participants who already master level B1. You learn to understand standard speech on familiar and unfamiliar topics. You learn to describe experiences, events and ambitions and to briefly explain opinions and plans.

Is B2 level English good? ›

Level B2 corresponds to a more advanced, more independent level than previous levels. A B2 user can communicate easily and spontaneously in a clear and detailed manner. This is not yet an experienced speaker, but a B2 user is able to understand and be understood in most situations.

Is B2 fluent or C1? ›

Difference between B2 and C1

Based on a CEFR scale, the B2 level corresponds to the term being fluent. If a learner is fluent in their target language, then they know between 5,000 and 10,000 words in that language. As for the C1 level, it corresponds to being proficient in the target language.

What are language levels A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2? ›

The three broad levels are A1/A2 ("Basic User"), B1/B2 ("Independent User"), and C1/C2 ("Proficient User"). Let's take a look at what you should be able to communicate at the various levels set out by CERF.

How do you get C1 English level? ›

You can certify your C1 level of English by taking the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or the C1 Advanced. You can also choose the C1 Business Higher, the IELTS, the TOEIC, the TOEFL, or the Aptis, among others.

What are the 4 core English skills? ›

When we say that someone 'speaks' a language fluently, we usually mean that they have a high level in all four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Is English B1 level good? ›

SKILLS AT LEVEL B1

Is able to understand the main points of clear texts in standard language if they are about topics with which they are familiar, whether in work, study or leisure contexts. Can cope with most of the situations that might arise on a trip to areas where the language is used.

How many English levels are there? ›

There are 6 English levels determined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These levels are expressed as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. The CEFR English levels are widely accepted as the global standard for grading an individual's language proficiency.

What are the 10 levels of English? ›

English language levels description:
  • English Basic User (A1, A2) A1 (Beginner) A2 (Elementary English)
  • English Independent User (B1, B2) B1 (Intermediate English) B2 (Upper-Intermediate English)
  • Proficient English User (C1, C2) C1 (Advanced English) C2 (Proficiency English)

What is C1 English level? ›

Level C1 corresponds to proficient users of the language, i.e. those able to perform complex tasks related to work and study.

What is a Level 4 in English? ›

ICAO English Level 4 is minimum proficiency of English language to be demonstrated for operational use as a pilot or ATC. However some airlines or operators might have higher minimum standards for language proficiency.

What does a Level 5 in English mean? ›

You speak fluently and on point. It does not take you long to find right answer to question. You react swiftly - without making long pauses to think. Speech of ICAO English Level 5 holder is very fluent and straight-forward.

How do you evaluate English level? ›

You can evaluate fluency by listening for a few different things such as how comfortable the student is, how easily he or she is able to form sentences, ideas, and thoughts, and how quickly the student can change from talking about one topic to the next.

What level is General English? ›

The General English courses consist of four levels: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate.

Is a 4 a pass in English Language? ›

The Department for Education recognises grade 4 and above as a 'standard pass' in all subjects. A grade 4 or above marks a similar achievement to the old grade C or above. It is a credible achievement for a young person that should be valued as a passport to future study and employment.

Is 4 a pass in English? ›

Equivalent GCSE grades

The Government has said that grade 4 is a 'standard pass'. Grade 5 is a 'strong pass' and equivalent to a high C and low B on the old grading system. Grade 4 remains the level that students must achieve without needing to resit English and Maths post-16.

Do universities accept lower grades? ›

Most universities that have course vacancies during Clearing will be prepared to accept you if your grades are below their entry requirements as long as you sound passionate and are right for the degree subject. They may also accept you based on the UCAS points you've accumulated rather than you final grades.

How long it takes to become fluent in English? ›

A beginner can learn English in a year. That's pretty fast, although not as fast as some of the crazy 15-day promises you see online. Specifically, a year is the average amount of time it will take an adult to become fluent enough to work in English if he starts out as a beginner and studies at least 5 hours a day.

How do I know my language proficiency? ›

Proficiency is measured in terms of receptive and expressive language skills, syntax, vocabulary, semantics, and other areas that demonstrate language abilities. There are four domains to language proficiency: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Is IELTS hard to pass? ›

Many people find this test section one of the hardest if they haven't prepared ahead of time using test prep tools, or by listening to English music or by watching English television shows. This section of the exam requires you to complete two writing tasks.

How long is IELTS valid? ›

How long is an IELTS score valid? An IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two (2) years. How soon can a candidate resit the test? A candidate may resit the IELTS test at any time.

What are basic requirements for IELTS? ›

The only eligibility for the IELTS exam in India and across the globe is that a candidate needs to be at least 16 years. Anybody aged 16 or above can take this examination, irrespective of their gender, nationality, or background. Exceptions are only made when a school needs the IELTS scores for admission purposes.

Is duolingo accepted in Harvard? ›

English is the language of instruction at Harvard Extension School.
...
Meeting the Requirement.
TestMinimum Approved Score
Duolingo English Test (DET)125
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What kind of students get into Harvard? ›

1. Harvard GPA Requirements. Harvard applicants must be at the top of their class and meet the minimum GPA requirements for acceptance into the college. While there are a small number of exceptions, students with GPAs of 4.0 - 4.18 have the best chance of getting accepted.

What is the minimum grade to get into Harvard? ›

In truth, you need close to a 4.0 unweighted GPA to get into Harvard. That means nearly straight As in every class.

Should you take 2 or 3 years of a language? ›

However, most colleges require a minimum of two years of a foreign language to be considered for admission. Many colleges recommend at least three years of the same world language in high school for a student to be competitive in the admissions pool. Four years makes a student more attractive.

How much GPA is required for UK? ›

What is Considered as Good and Low GPA?
UK Degree ClassificationGrade/PercentageGPA
First-Class Honours (First or 1st) – Very Good GPAGrade A or 70% or above4.0
Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1) – Good GPAGrade B or 60-69%3.3-3.9
Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2) – Low GPAGrade C or 50-59%2.7-3.2
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Who is exempt from English language requirement UK visa? ›

Age. Applicants aged under 18 or 65 or over on the date of application (which is calculated according to the definition of 'date of application' in paragraph 6 of the Immigration Rules) do not need to meet the English language requirement.

Which English GCSE is required for UK? ›

However, from an academic standpoint, it is important to know that it is compulsory that you pass GCSE English Language with a grade 4 or above. This does not apply to GCSE English Literature.

Is English language compulsory for GCSE? ›

Maths, English and Science are the core subjects everyone must take at GCSE in England and Wales. English Language is compulsory in all schools and so is English Literature in the majority of schools in England, but there are exceptions, so do make sure you check.

What are the requirements for language learning? ›

Learning a new language involves listening, speaking, reading, writing, sometimes even a new alphabet and writing format. If you focus exclusively on just one activity, the others fall behind. This is actually a common pitfall for language learners.

Are you exempt from the English language requirement UK visa? ›

An applicant is exempt from meeting the English language requirement if they have a disability (a physical or mental condition) that prevents them from meeting the requirement. You must check the application form to see whether the applicant has said this exemption applies to them.

What happens if you fail English Language GCSE? ›

Resit your GCSEs through your school

You can still enrol to retake your GCSEs at a local school or college. This means you'll have a timetable and attend classes with other GCSE students. For Maths and English, resitting is compulsory if you haven't achieved a pass (grade 4).

What is the minimum GCSE requirements? ›

Minimum of four GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths, or to be able to demonstrate the ability to achieve grade 9-4 (A*-C). In some cases, specific subjects and grades at GCSE will be required. Some courses require completion of a relevant Level 2.

Do you get 2 GCSE for English? ›

English has been split into two distinct and separate GCSEs; English Language and English Literature. No longer is there a GCSE that mixes the two. Coursework does not count at all towards the final mark any more. All students will sit the same exam, and unlike the new maths GCSE, there will be no tiering.

Which GCSE subjects are mandatory? ›

Compulsory national curriculum subjects are:
  • English.
  • maths.
  • science.
  • history.
  • geography.
  • modern foreign languages.
  • design and technology.
  • art and design.

How many languages do you need for GCSE? ›

In short, no. According to government guidelines, it is not compulsory for you to study a foreign language at GCSE (or in Scotland, National 5). However, in Wales, while you do not have to study a foreign language it is compulsory for you to study both English and Welsh as a part of your GCSEs.

Is a level English compulsory? ›

There are no compulsory subjects with A Levels. Instead, students are free to choose the topics that interest them the most or feel will benefit them for their future studies or careers. Students typically study three subjects.

What is basic level of English? ›

A0/A1 English (Beginner/Elementary)

Level A0/A1 corresponds to basic users of English who can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.

What are the 3 requirements of language to be called language? ›

When described as a system of symbolic communication, language is traditionally seen as consisting of three parts: signs, meanings, and a code connecting signs with their meanings.

How many levels are in English? ›

There are 6 English levels determined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These levels are expressed as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. The CEFR English levels are widely accepted as the global standard for grading an individual's language proficiency.

Who is exempt from the English test? ›

English Language Exemptions

Age 50 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident (Green Card holder) in the United States for 20 years (commonly referred to as the “50/20” exception).

Is UK accept without IELTS? ›

A. Yes, it is possible to study in UK without IELTS. For this, you should have to fulfill English requirements such as having a proof of over 70% in English in High School or taking an online interview conducted by the university or proof of English as your medium of instruction in your school.

Who is exempted from IELTS? ›

You may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met: You have completed at least one full year of full time higher education, taught in English, at an accredited higher education institution in an English speaking country (UK, USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada)

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