English language requirement

In order to receive a Chevening Scholarship, all applicants must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the Chevening English language requirement by 14 July 2016. We advise all applicants to ensure they have fulfilled the English language requirement as early as possible by either:

  • Taking an English language test
  • Claiming an exemption based on the UKVI exempt categories

If you fail to demonstrate that you have met the required English language level by 14 July 2016 or fail to prove that you qualify for an exemption then your application will not be successful.

English language tests

You are free to take tests more than once in order to meet the Chevening English language requirement. Please note that Chevening does not pay for costs associated with English language, and you are responsible for booking and paying for costs associated with these tests.

Academic IELTS

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Overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of:  
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Writing 5.5

 

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

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Standard and computer-based tests are both accepted. Overall score of 176 with a minimum score in each component of:   
Listening 162
Reading 162
Speaking 162
Writing 162

 

 

Pearson PTE Academic

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Overall score of 58 with a minimum score in each component of:  
Listening 42
Reading 42
Speaking 42
Writing 42

 

TOEFL iBT Find a test centre
Overall score of 79 with a minumum score in each component of:   
Listening 17
Reading 18
Speaking 20
Writing 17

 

The English language test must be taken from one of these four providers, on or after 1 October 2014. If you do not already have an existing eligible test certificate it is your responsibility to ensure that you have booked a test date so that you can obtain the required results.  

In some countries the availability of test centres is limited so we recommend you organise a test at the earliest opportunity. If there are no English language test centres in your country you may be required to travel to a neighbouring country to take a test.  Please see your country page for further guidance.

Please note that the turnaround time for English language tests varies:

  • IELTS results will be available in 13 days
  • CAE results will be available in two weeks
  • PTE Academic results will be available in five business days
  • TOEFL results will be available approximately ten days after your test

Remember to prepare for your English language test in advance. Tips on how to prepare for the tests and practice test papers are available on each of the test provider’s websites.

UKVI exemptions

Applicants who are nationals of one of the following countries are exempt from submitting an English language test for a Chevening Scholarship, in line with Home Office policy:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America, and British Overseas Territories.

Applicants who have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree or higher that was taught in one of the following countries are also exempt from submitting an English language test for a Chevening Scholarship:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK, and the United States of America.

Please note that only applicants who studied in one of the above countries would qualify for this exemption, distance learning or studying at an overseas campus are not included and therefore do not qualify.

English language requirements for UK universities

As well as meeting the Chevening English language requirement, you may also have to meet certain English language criteria to be eligible for your university course. Universities may only accept a certain type of test or ask for higher minimum test scores. Be sure to check with your university what test they require you to take.