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Language Tests Accepted by the University of Cambridge

Not all of the following tests are accepted by all courses, and the required scores may vary - please check below for details. It is not possible to combine language test certificates; you must meet the minimum requirements for all elements in the same sitting.

All language tests including C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency are only valid for two years before course start date.  

For more information, see Evidence of Competence in English.

IELTS Academic

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the University's preferred test. You may take either the IELTS Academic or the IELTS for UKVI Academic (see further information below for applicants who require a visa). Details can be obtained from local British Council Offices.

You should upload a copy of the score report or test certificate via your self service; we can use this to verify your scores online. We no longer process test certificates sent to us on paper directly from the test centre.

TOEFL

You should upload a copy of the score report or test certificate via your self service; we can use this to verify your scores online. We no longer process test certificates sent to us on paper directly from the test centre.

C1 Advanced

The C1 Advanced is accepted with a minimum overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185, plus an assessment by the Language Centre. Following assessment the University Language Centre may advise further action from the applicant (eg. enrollment at one of the Language Centre courses, or completion of an IELTS test).

C2 Proficiency

The C2 Proficiency is accepted with a minimum overall score of 200, with no element lower than 185

Applicants who require a Visa

Please note that the University accepts IELTS Academic, IELTS for UKVI Academic, TOEFL, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency as evidence of English language for admission and for Tier 4 visa sponsor purposes. Home Office regulations allow the University, and other higher education institutions, to choose their own method of assessment for English language ability. The English language test does not need to be listed on the Home Office SELT (Secure English Language Tests) list as this only applies for students who want to study a course below degree level. If the language requirement for your admission is met, you will not be required to provide any further evidence of your English language ability in your visa application.

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