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Pre-Access English Courses & Tests

 

Thank you for your interest in taking the BCU English Proficiency Test.

 

The BCU English Proficiency Test is used to assess your English language ability in the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.  Each part of the test is designed to activate the language skills you will need to begin a course of study at Birmingham City University, and it will report on your current level in each skill.  

There is no single pass mark for everyone, because different courses at the university will require you to achieve a different level in the test. The test can be used as evidence of English language ability for any undergraduate or postgraduate course at Birmingham City University.

 

Please note:

*The test registration closes 24 hours before the test start time or when the test is fully booked, whichever comes first.

** Each candidate is allowed to sit two tests only in one calendar month. A refund will be arranged if a third test is booked by mistake.

*** We aim to issue test results within 10 working days.

 

Refund policy:

If you need to cancel your test booking after registration, the following rules apply:

  •  If you cancel three or more days before the test date, you will receive a full refund. (For example, if the test is on Friday, you will be able to request a full refund on Tuesday or earlier.)
  •  If you cancel within three days of the test date, you will only be able to receive a refund if you have a medical reason. Application for a cancellation refund on medical grounds must be accompanied by evidence, such as a medical certificate or doctor’s note. (For example, if the test is on Friday, you will not be able receive a refund if you cancel on Wednesday or later without a medical reason.)

Please note: we are unable to issue partial refunds.

 

 

 

Pre-Access English Courses & Tests

BCU-approved English proficiency test – OIDI ELLT

BCU-approved English proficiency test – OIDI ELLT

Description

We are pleased and excited to announce that we have partnered with Oxford International to offer the Oxford International Digital Institute English Language Level Test (OIDI ELLT), which you can take from the comfort of your own home.

The ELLT is a BCU-approved test and provides evidence of English language ability for entry onto BCU courses as set out in the table below.

 

ELLT scores accepted by BCU as evidence of English language ability  

(scores are valid for 2 years from test date) 

 

BCU/IELTS English language requirement 

ELLT/ CEFR 

5.5 

4/B2 

6.0 

5/B2+ 

6.5 

6/C1 

7.0 

7/C1+ 

 

The ELLT assesses your English language skills in four separate sections, each of which is outlined below.

Skill 1: Reading 

Your reading proficiency will be assessed through an automated, secure online test. It is recommended that you allow 40 minutes to complete this part of the test. 

Skill 2: Listening 

Your listening and comprehension skills will be assessed through an automated, secure online test. It is recommended that you allow 20 minutes to complete this part of the test. 

Skill 3: Writing  

You’ll be assessed through a unique written task. It is recommended that you allow 60 minutes to complete this part of the test. 

Skill 4: Speaking 

You’ll take your speaking exam live with an examiner over a video call. Your examiner will be the same examiner who has assessed the other three skills tests that you’ve already taken. It is recommended that you allow 20 minutes to complete this part of the test. 

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BCU-approved English proficiency test – OIDI ELLT
11/02/202211/02/20220£60.00[Read More]

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