Equivalent qualifications and tests

Every degree page on our website specifies an IELTS score as the minimum English Language requirement for that course. If you have taken a different English language test or qualification, this table shows the equivalent scores or marks you need to match the IELTS grade for your course.

Tests

Your test must have been taken within the past two years.

IELTS 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5
TOEFL iBT 80 90 100 110
Pearson 54 61 68 68
Cambridge CPE (test taken before Jan 2015) Grade C Grade C Grade C Grade C
Cambridge CAE (test taken before Jan 2015) Grade C Grade C Grade B Grade B
Cambridge CPE and CAE (test taken after Jan 2015) 169 176 185 191
TEEP 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5
OIBEC Pass Pass Pass Pass
Cambridge ESOL (Skills for Life) Level 1 Level 1 Level 2 Level 2
Trinity College ISE ISE II with Distinction in all four components ISE III with Pass in all four components ISE III with Merit in all four components

International qualifications

Qualifications are valid, whenever you studied them.

IELTS 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5
GCSE English Language C C B B
Cambridge O-level C C B B
Cambridge International GCSE C C B B
International Baccalaureate 4 in SL EL 4 in SL EL 5 in SL EL 5 in SL EL
European Baccalaureate 80% in EL 80% in EL 90% in EL 90% in EL
WASSCE English C6 C6 C4 C4

Country-specific qualifications

Qualifications are valid, whenever you studied them.

IELTS   6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5
Austria Matura / Reifeprüfung Grade 2 Grade 2 Grade 2 Grade 2
Brunei GCE/O-level 1120 Syllabus C C B B
Bulgaria Diploma za sredno Obrazovani Grade 5 Grade 5 Grade 5 Grade 5
Cameroon GCE O-level English C C B B
Denmark Bevis for Studentereksamen Grade 7 Grade 7 Grade 10 Grade 10
Finland Ylioppilastutkinto Grade 5 Grade 5 Grade 5 Grade 5
France Baccalauréat L’option International English Grade 12 Grade 12 Grade 12 Grade 12
France Baccalauréat General Grade 14 Grade 14 Grade 14 Grade 14
Germany Abitur, English Grade 12 Grade 12 Grade 13 Grade 13
Hong Kong HKDSE Grade 4 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 5
Hong Kong HKAL C C B A
Iceland Stúdentspróf, Compulsary English Grade 8 Grade 8 Grade 8 Grade 8
India National Board Standard XII 70% 70% 80% 80%
India State Board Standard XII 80% 80% 90% 90%
Malaysia English Language GCE-O (Syllabus 1119) C C B B
Malta Matriculation Certificate, English C C B B
Mauritius Cambridge Overseas Schools (COS), English C C
B B
Namibia HIGCSE C C B B
Netherlands VWO, English Grade 7 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 8
Norway Vitnemål Grade 5 Grade 5 Grade 5 Grade 5
Sri Lanka O-level in English Credit Credit Distinction Distinction
Sweden Fullständigt från Gymnasieskolan, English VG VG VG VG
Switzerland Maturità Grade 5
Grade 5
Grade 5
Grade 5

Minimum test scores

IELTS

  • Listening - 5.5
  • Reading - 5.5
  • Speaking - 5.5
  • Writing - 5.5

TOEFL (internet based)

  • Listening - 17
  • Reading - 18
  • Speaking - 20
  • Writing - 17

Pearson Test of English

  • Listening - 51
  • Reading - 51
  • Speaking - 51
  • Writing - 51

Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life

  • Listening, speaking, reading and writing - Pass
  • Listen and respond - Borderline
  • Speak to communicate - Borderline
  • Engage in discussion - Borderline

Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

If you wish to know the minimum test score in the four components - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing for the CAE please contact pgadmissions@leicester.ac.uk.

Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

If you wish to know the minimum test score in the four components - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing for the CPE please contact pgadmissions@leicester.ac.uk.

Not sure if you meet our English Language requirements?

Please contact either admissions@leicester.ac.uk (for undergraduate courses) or pgadmissions@le.ac.uk (for postgraduate courses) and our staff will be happy to advise you.