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Other English language tests and qualifications

We also accept other recognised English language tests or qualifications, please check with the admissions department if yours is not listed here, these include:

Important: If you are currently considering a pre-degree course (for example, pre-sessional or foundation) and need a Tier 4 General Visa to study at Kingston University, the accepted tests are limited to IELTS Academic for UKVI or Trinity Integrated Skills in English. There are very specific conditions for each so you need to talk to your admissions contact first. For all other degree courses, Kingston University continues to accept all the tests listed below.


Valid two years.

Academic IELTS equivalent
Overall grades Individual skills
105 R=26, L=25, S=27, W=27 7.5
95 R=24, L=22, S=25, W=24 7.0
88 R=22, L=21, S=23, W=22 6.5
80 R=20, L=19, S=21, W=20 6.0
72 R=18, L=17, S=20, W=17 5.5
62 R=13, L=14, S=19, W=16 5.0
52 R=9, L=12, S=17, W=14 4.5
42 R=4, L=9, S=16, W=13 4.0

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)

Valid two years.

Academic IELTS equivalent 
Overall grades Individual skills
72 R, L, S, W = 72 7.5
67 R, L, S, W = 67 7.0
61 R, L, S, W = 61 6.5
56 R, L, S, W = 56 6.0
51 R, L, S, W = 51 5.5
46 R, L, S, W = 46 5.0
41 R, L, S, W = 41 4.5
36 R, L, S, W = 36 4.0

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Pass English Language (A1/A2) with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL); or 5 or above at Standard Level (SL)
  • Pass English Language (B) with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) only

Cambridge tests

  • Cambridge First Certificate in English
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Cambridge International GCSE English Language Examination:
    • Pass at minimum grade C or above #with no skill lower than D or 2 (Syllabus 0500/0522#: English as a first language*)
  • Cambridge IGCSE (English as a second language) (Syllabus 0510/11)

Hong Kong HKCEE Use of English

  • Pass at minimum grade C (Syllabus B)

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) holders

IELTS HKDSE English language
7.5 5**
7.0 5
6.5 4
6.0 4
5.5 4

Indian Year 12 English (CBSE Board, CISCE Board and West Bengal Board only)

Pass with a minimum of 70%

Malaysian SPM 1119

  • Cambridge O-level English Language (1119)

Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående skole:

  • English EN1002 or VG1200: Grade 4 or above
  • English Language O-level/GCSE: Grade C or above (or recognised equivalent)

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III pass, pass with merit, pass with distinction for most undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

West African Examinations Council

  • Pass at level C6 or above

NECO National Examination Council

  • Pass at level C6 or above

Contact us

Visa and CAS enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3645

General international student enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3411

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