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Other English language tests and qualifications

Important update

Due to the current situation and widespread disruption to studies around the world, including closure of some of the IELTS test centres, we are implementing the following temporary measures on on most courses* to support you in your plan to study with us.

Online English Language Tests

If you are not able to undertake IELTS tests due to testing centres being closed, we now recognise the following online English language tests which you can take: IELTS, TOEFL iBT, LanguageCert International ESOL tests, and Duolingo.

IELTS Online

IELTS Online is a secure, remotely delivered IELTS Academic test that can be taken anywhere with a private space, a computer and a stable internet connection. The test has the same content and format as in-centre IELTS and will cover all four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Visit the IELTS website for further information.

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

At the moment, this is only available in USA, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong (China) and Macau (China). Visit the ETS TOEFL website to find our more.

Please note we do not accept Best Scores: test results must come from one single test

LanguageCert International ESOL tests

Valid for 2 years

Students must provide Certificate and Statement of Results and match IELTS equivalencies overall and in each skill and grades can be checked online.

International ESOL: B2 Communicator
International ESOL: C1 Expert
International ESOL: C2 Mastery*
8.0 n/a High Pass (grades: 39–50) A Pass or above indicates IELTS 8.5
7.5 n/a Pass (grades: 33–38) n/a
7.0 n/a Pass (grades: 25–32) n/a
6.5 High Pass (grades: 39–50) Grade of 24 n/a
6.0 Pass / High Pass (grades: 33–38) Grades of 22–23 n/a
5.5 Pass (grades: 25–32) Grades of 20–21 n/a

Duolingo (accepted for entry to academic year 2022/23 courses, but not afterwards)

Grades equivalent to required IELTS grades are needed for reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as overall.

IMPORTANT: Duolingo is not eligible on the course MPharm.

IELTSDuolingo English Test Result Equivalencies accepted by Kingston University
7.5 135
7.0 125
6.5 115
6.0 105
5.5 95
5.0 85
4.5 75
4.0 65

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

Important: If you are currently considering a pre-degree course (for example, pre-sessional or foundation) and need a Student Route 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.

TOEFL iBTAcademic IELTS equivalent
Overall gradesIndividual 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.

PTE Academic and PTE Academic for UKVIAcademic IELTS equivalent 
Overall gradesIndividual skills
73 R, L, S, W = 73 7.5
73 R, L, S, W = 73 7.0
59 R, L, S, W = 59 6.5
59 R, L, S, W = 59 6.0
59 R, L, S, W = 59 5.5
43 R, L, S, W = 43 5.0
43 R, L, S, W = 43 4.5
43 R, L, S, W = 43  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 / B2 First
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English / C1 Advanced
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / C3 Proficiency
  • 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

IELTSHKDSE English language
7.5 5**
7.0 5
6.5 4
6.0 4
5.5 4

Indian Year 12 English (Recognised Board only)

Pass with a minimum of 70%

Please note that SEC postgraduate courses do not accept Standard XII as proof of academic English.

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.

 * Please note, Pharmacy courses still only accept the following language qualifications :

TOEFL iBT 88 (R=20, L=19, S=21, W=20)

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with an overall score of 58 and no elements less than 50

IELTS 6.5 a minimum 6.5 overall grade in IELTS (Academic) with no components lower than 6.0.

IELCA Academic

IELCA Academic/ (IELCA Academic Home Edition-for 2021/22 recruitment)(IELCA= International English Language Competency Assessment) (valid 2 years).

Equivalences overall and in each skill.

5.5 30
6.0 33
6.5 35
7.0 40
7.5 43

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