Most universities and scholarship awarding bodies require prospective students to take the English Language test which certifies them as suitable to undertake studies in English-speaking countries like the UK, USA, Canada and others.
Chevening scholarships are awarded by the UK Government for graduate studies in the United Kingdom. To receive a Chevening Award, all applicants must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the Chevening English language requirement by 13 July 2017.
To meet this requirement, you must ensure to have fulfilled the English language requirement as early as possible by either:

  • Taking an English language test or claiming an exemption based on the UKVI exempt categories
  • If you fail to demonstrate that you have met the required English language level by 13 July 2017 or fail to prove that you qualify for an exemption, your application will not be successful.

Taking the tests
You are free to take tests more than once in order to meet the Chevening English language requirement. You are also responsible for booking and paying for costs associated with these tests.
Chevening accepts English language tests from five providers:

  • Academic IELTS
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA)
  • Trinity ISE II (B2)

The English language test must be taken from one of these 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.
Applicants are not permitted to take pre-sessional courses to fulfil the English language requirement. You will be required to take one of the approved English language tests unless you meet one of the exempt categories.
Please note that the turnaround time for English language tests varies:

  • IELTS results will be available in 13 days
  • PTE Academic results will be available in five business days
  • TOEFL results will be available approximately ten days
  • CAE results will be available in two weeks
  • Trinity results will be available in 14 days

Chevening English language requirement: breakdown of scores
Academic IELTS
Overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of:
Listening: 5.5
Reading: 5.5
Speaking: 5.5
Writing:5.5
Pearson PTE Academic
Overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of:
Listening: 46
Reading: 46
Speaking:46
Writing:46
TOEFL iBT
Overall score of 79 with a minimum score in each component of:
Listening: 17
Reading: 18
Speaking:20
Writing:17
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
Overall score of 79 with a minimum score in each component of:
Listening: 162
Reading:162
Speaking:162
Writing:162
Trinity ISE II (B2)
Overall pass and minimum pass in each skill across both modules:
Listening: Pass
Reading:Pass
Speaking:Pass
Writing:Pass
In some countries, the availability of test centres is limited so we recommend you organise a test at the earliest opportunity. If there are no English language test centres in your country, you may be required to travel to a neighbouring country to take a test.
Remember to prepare for your English language test in advance. Tips on how to prepare for the tests and practice test papers are available on each of the test provider’s websites.
Exemptions
Applicants who are nationals of one of the following countries are exempt from submitting an English language test for a Chevening Award, in line with Home Office policy:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America, and British Overseas Territories.
Applicants who have been awarded a bachelor’s degree or higher that was taught in full in a university located and accredited in one of the countries listed above are also exempt from submitting an English language test for a Chevening Scholarship.

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