Now that you've made the decision to study in the UK, it's time to make sure you have all you need for a successful application to a university!
You must exhibit the quality of your spoken and written English in order to support your admission as an international student. Taking the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic test will help you to achieve this.
If you have a branch of the British council near you, it is a good choice to apply to your IELTS exam via the British Council.
It is best if you are preparing for the university to ensure you have your test results ready before your UCAS application is due. That means you would need to have your test date at least two weeks before the due date to ensure you have the results on time.
If you have the regular IELTS exam on paper, the results usually appear within 13-14 days. On the other hand, if you have taken the computer exam, 5-7 days. Finally, if you chose to take the life skills exam, results could appear as early as the next Wednesday.
Unless COVID is affecting your area, most IELTS centers have the option of sending you your test results via mail or allowing you to pick your report yourself. Sometimes you can even ask the centre to send the report directly to your university of choice.
Depending on the university and programme, language requirements may vary from one university to another. A Tier 4 visa, which can only be obtained if you meet the English proficiency standards established by your university or institution, is required in order to study in the UK.
See how you are doing and where you need to improve by taking a look at the list of IELTS requirements for some of the top UK universities below:
On average, you can expect a minimum band of 5.5 for UK courses, with a band of 6.5+ for the top few universities.
Don't expect acceptance based solely on your IELTS results; degree programmes and admissions officers will also take other factors like GPA and recommendations into consideration. Furthermore, different IELTS scores could be needed for various Master's programmes. Also, note that different courses offered by the same university may have different IELTS requirements.
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