English language tests: Four key points to help you apply

Natalie Keen International Liaison Officer

Please note: The information contained in this blog was intended for those wishing to apply for a 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarship. Those wishing to apply for a 2018/2019 scholarship should visit the guidance page for the most up-to-date information.

Hi! I’m Natalie and I work as an International Liaison Officer at the Chevening Secretariat. Throughout the application window, we will be holding live Q&A sessions based on different themes to help you through the application process. We want to encourage as many of you as possible to apply and take advantage of this life changing opportunity! With just over a month to go before applications close, we held the third in our series of themed Q&A sessions this week on English language tests. Our answers to your many questions can still be found on the Chevening Facebook page. However, there were a few common areas that we thought would be useful to address here.

(1) There are different English language requirements for Chevening and universities in the UK

In order to be eligible for a Chevening award, you must achieve the minimum score from one of our recognised English language test providers by 13 July 2017. You can find a breakdown of scores here. Please note that you must also meet your university’s English language level and Chevening will not be able to negotiate with the university on your behalf for them to alter their scores.

(2) Even if you have studied in English at college or university, 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 here.

(3) There is no flexibility to Chevening’s required scores

Review Chevening’s English language requirements carefully as there is no flexibility with these scores (e.g. even if you have achieved an overall score of 8 in your IELTS but have scored a 5 in the listening component, you will not be eligible.)

(4) You have until 13 July 2017 to fulfil the English Language requirements

The English language test must be taken from one of our providers on or after 1 October 2015. 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 before 13 July 2017.

We hope you found Q&A useful. If you still have questions on the English language criteria, here are a few things that you can do:

If you have questions on references, join us on Wednesday 5 October at 14:00 BST. If you have any questions that haven’t been answered in the other sessions, there will be a general session on Wednesday 2 November at 14:00.

If you already have all the information you need, please apply before 8 November. Good luck!