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 Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score  Equivalent to IELTS 4.0  Equivalent to IELTS 4.5  Equivalent to IELTS 5.0  Equivalent to IELTS 5.5  Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Equivalent to IELTS 6.5   Equivalent to IELTS 7.0  Equivalent to IELTS 7.5 
Overall  43 48 54 59 60 64 68 74
Reading component  43 48 54 59 60 64 68 74
Writing component  43 48 54 59 60 64 68 74
Speaking component  43 48 54 59 60 64 68 74
Listening component  43 48 54 59 60 64 68 74

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

LanguageCert International ESOL

For summer pre-sessionals, find the right course option using the following list. Contact us at langc@leeds.ac.uk if you will be studying an undergraduate course, or if you have any questions. 

If your postgraduate degree requires an overall IELTS score of 6.0

  • Your current score: B2 Communicator, one score other than writing below 33 allowed. No scores below 25. You need: 10 weeks  
  • Your current score: B2 Communicator, no scores below 33. You need: 6 weeks 

If your postgraduate degree requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5 

If you’ll be studying a course at Leeds University Business School, or the following Civil Engineering courses: Engineering Project Management, or International Construction Management and Engineering: 

  • Your current score: B2 Communicator, one score below 36 allowed. No scores below 33. Reading or writing scores between 33 - 35. You need: 10 weeks. 
  • Your current score: B2 Communicator, one score below 36 allowed. No scores below 33. Listening or speaking scores are between 33 – 35 you can study the 6 week pre-sessional. You need: 6 weeks 

If you’ll be studying any other postgraduate course: 

  • Your current score: B2 Communicator, two scores below 36 allowed. No scores below 33. You need: 10 weeks 
  • Your current score: B2 Communicator, one score below 36 allowed. No scores below 33. You need: 6 weeks 

If your postgraduate degree requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0 

If you are studying MA TESOL: 

  • Your current score: B2 Communicator, two scores below 39 allowed. No scores below 33. You need: 10 weeks 
  • Your current score: B2 Communicator, one score below 39 allowed. No scores below 33. You need: 6 weeks 
  • Your current score: C1 Expert, four scores below 31 allowed. No scores below 25. You need: 10 weeks 
  • Your current score: C1 Expert, two scores below 31 allowed. No scores below 25. You need: 6 weeks 

If you’ll be studying any other postgraduate course: 

  • Your current score: C1 Expert, four scores below 33 allowed. No scores below 25. You need: 10 weeks 
  • Your current score: C1 Expert, two scores below 33 allowed. No scores below 25. You need: 6 weeks