English language tests: Four key points to help you apply

Nick Rowland International Liaison Officer

Please note: The information contained in this blog was intended for those wishing to apply for a 2016/2017 Chevening Scholarship. Those wishing to apply for a 2017/2018 scholarship should visit the guidance page or read this blog post for the most up-to-date information.

I’m Nick and I work as an international liaison officer at the Chevening Secretariat. I strongly recommend you check your eligibility for a Chevening Award and then grab the opportunity with both hands; it could be a life-changing moment for you. When I visit different countries for Chevening and speak to potential applicants, they consistently tell me the most significant obstacle to them making an application is to meet the English language requirement. The requirement we ask for at Chevening is tough, but we need, first and foremost, to offer awards to individuals we feel confident will succeed in the British education system. 

I was on-hand in the latest Q&A on the English language requirement with several colleagues of mine to answers your questions. Our answers to your many questions can still be viewed on the Chevening Facebook page. However, there were a number of common areas which we thought would be useful to summarise again.

1. You do not need to have your ELT result by 3 November 2015. You can submit your application and log in to the application centre to upload your ELT result by 14 July 2016.

We recommend you take your ELT as soon as possible as often test availability can become limited. However, whether you submit your ELT tomorrow or on 14 July 2016, it doesn’t make any difference to your chance of being selected for an award. If you are offered an award, but are not able to prove a satisfactory ELT result by 14 July 2016, your application will be withdrawn from the competition.

2. You need to make sure you satisfy the requirements of both the Chevening competition and the universities that you are applying to. If a university only accepts an ELT from a certain provider, you must take this test and reach the score required by the university.

The minimum overall score of 6.5 for Chevening may not be enough for some courses at some universities. Please check the university website for more details.

3. Chevening accepts both the IELTS Academic and IELTS Academic for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI).

However, you should check with the universities you wish to apply to that they also accept the test you plan to take.

4. Even if you have studied for your undergraduate degree in the English language, you may still have to take an English language test for your Chevening application. 

Chevening follows UKVI decisions on which countries are exempt from English language testing and no exception can be given to those individuals who are not nationals of a particular country or who have not completed a degree in a particular country. The list of exempt countries can be found on the Chevening website.

We hope you found the opportunity to ask questions in the live session useful. If you still have other questions on the English language criteria then here are a few things that you can do:

If you already have all the information you need, please apply before 3 November.