English language certificates

We accept a range of English Language certificates for entry to our pre-sessional courses. Entry requirements for our pre-sessional courses are shown for IELTS scores. 

You can use the information on this page to check which certificates we accept, and to find out the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) equivalencies for certificates other than IELTS.

Please carefully consider which test you take, as it may affect the type of visa you are eligible to apply for. Read more about visas.

We accept the following English Language certificates for entry to our pre-sessional courses:

We don't accept IELTS Indicator, Password Skills Solo, TOEFL MyBest scores, TOEFL Paper-delivered Test or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.

Find your equivalent IELTS score

Entry requirements for our pre-sessional courses are shown for IELTS scores.

If you have a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, TOEFL iBT or LanguageCert ESOL test, use the following tables to find the IELTS equivalent for your test score. If you have another certificate from the previous list, contact langc@leeds.ac.uk.

Then visit our pre-sessional entry requirements pages for undergraduate applicants, Masters applicants or Research applicants to find the length of pre-sessional course you should study.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 

Your current Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score Equivalent IELTS score
Overall 43 with no components below 43 4.0
Overall 48 with no components below 48 4.5
Overall 54 with no components below 54 5.0
Overall 59 with no components below 59 5.5
Overall 60 with no components below 60 6.0
Overall 64 with no components below 64 6.5
Overall 68 with no components below 68 7.0
Overall 74 with no components below 74 7.5

TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test) 

You must have at least the given score in each component, as well the overall score:

Your TOEFL iBT overall 
score
Listening 
component
score
Reading
component
score
Speaking
component
score
Writing
component
score
Equivalent IELTS score
54 12 9 16 13 4.0
64 15 13 17 15 4.5
72 17 17 19 18 5.0
80 20 20 22 21 5.5
87 21 21 23 22 6.0
92 22 22 24 23 6.5
100 23 23 25 24 7.0
103 24 24 26 25 7.5

LanguageCert International ESOL

Your LanguageCert test type and score Equivalent IELTS score
B1 Achiever: at least 33 in each component 4.0
B1 Achiever: at least 36 in each component 4.5
B1 Achiever: at least 39 in each component  5.0
B2 Communicator: at least 33 in each component 5.5
B2 Communicator: at least 36 in each component 6.0
B2 Communicator: at least 39 in each component 6.5
C1 Expert: at least 33 in each component 7.0