Thursday, June 13, 2024

IELTS-free study

Those looking to trim costs from their UK university career and come from a country where English is not an official language will find a recently published list useful.

Usually, international academic candidates have to prove they’ve reached a high proficiency level in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). However, Indian-based website freepressjournal.in is currently listing six UK universities that will accept other forms of proof that applicants are ready to study in English, thus saving candidates the additional cost of paying for the assessment, which can be over US$320.

It is not suggesting that would-be students don’t need to prove their proficiency. For instance, all six universities listed offer pre-sessional English courses to get entering students up to speed with their English comprehension, both spoken and written, and candidates are still required to pass some form of proficiency test before enrolling. However, the test isn’t necessarily IELTS and these courses can often be done online, which offers considerable savings, The site also links to a Twitter feed that lists a total of 42 UK universities that don’t require IELTS,

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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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