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Introduction

All UK institutions require evidence of English Language ability. With new visa regulations it is now difficult to distinguish exactly what kind of test is required for each type of school and course. Don’t worry. Let GetSet guide you through, we know our way around the regulations and will tell you which test to take depending on what and where you want to study in the UK.

What tests can I take?

The main tests recognized by UK Institutions are IELTS and TOEFL, All UK universities, schools and colleges will accept these test scores. Some universities may arrange for students to take their own English language tests at any of the GetSet centres. The results of these tests can be used for entry into that particular university, either for presessional English or direct entry onto a degree course.

What Score do I need?

This really does depend on to which institution and course you have applied. Generally speaking you are going to need IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 90 for postgraduate study and IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 80 for undergraduate study. As already stated, If the course or institution is popular or highly ranked, the requirement could be as high as 7.0 or even 7.5 IELTS (100 to 107 TOEFL ibt) for entrance onto a postgraduate course. The IELTS requirement for foundation study ranges 4.5 to 5.5. (45 to 53 TOEFL iBT)

How can I prepare?

That’s simple. Contact a GetSet centre near you and we will be able to give all the advice you need about preparing for IELTS or TOEFL. Each student is different and has different requirements, there is no one size fits all solution here. We can give you a quick free English test to check your level. It may be that you would really benefit from a long term language course in the UK or a shorter course at a GetSet partner language in your own country.

How do I register for a language test?

If for IELTS, contact GetSet and we will tell you what you need and register on your behalf as many of our centres are authorized IELTS registration centres. Registering for TOEFL can be done online by going to their website, contact us if you are not sure and we will point you in the right direction.

Whats the difference between IELTS and TOEFL iBT?

The main difference is that IELTS is a paper based test but TOEFL iBT is all done via the internet. The TOEFL paper based test is available in areas that don't have easy access to the internet.


The IELTS speaking test is conducted by a real live examiner whereas in TOEFL iBT students need to speak into a computer.

In IELTS there are various forms of question, including multiple-choice, throughout the different modules of reading, writing, and listening but in the TOEFL iBT most of the questions are just in multiple-choice format.

TOEFL is aimed at students wishing to study in North American countries whereas IELTS is a more international test. In the IELTS listening test for example various accents can be heard such as English, Australian and West Indian.