English Language Requirements
English is used both for teaching and for examinations at UCT. All applicants must show evidence of proficiency in English and must submit evidence of this as part of their application to study at UCT.
applicants whose home language is not English must submit, as part of their application to study, one of the following:
1. A stipulated score on the National Benchmark Tests. (NBTs)
(a) For undergraduate applicants the MINIMUM NBT AQL scores stipulated for each qualification; SEE faculty entries in this prospectus.
(b) For graduate applicants a score of at least 65% (proficient) or above on the Graduate Academic and Quantitative Literacy (G-AQL) Test, unless otherwise stipulated in the postgraduate prospectus.
NBTs are offered by UCT’s Centre for Educational Testing for Admission and Placement (CETAP) and arrangements can be made for you to take these tests anywhere in the world.
2. A recent score (obtained within 3-5 years before application for admission) of at least 570 (for the paper-based test) or at least 230 (for the computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or 88 on the Internet-based TOEFL test.
3. A recent overall
band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS),
with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0.
4. A Score on the
Pearson PTE Academic test of 64.
The tests must be
taken at your own expense, before sending in your application. These are the
minimum levels of English proficiency you will need to be considered for
admission to UCT.
about the TOEFL and IELTS tests, including information on how to register and
the dates when tests are held, applicants should contact:
about the TOEFL internet based tests (iBTs), or the TOEFL paper based tests
(PBTs), (which are being phased out) go to www.ets.org/toefl. Any queries you may
have with respect to the tests may also be submitted online.
For information about IELTS, test content, location and dates go to
www.ielts.org. Any queries you may have with respect to the tests may also be
PEARSON PTE ACADEMIC
For information about PEARSON PTE ACADEMIC, test content, location and dates go to www.pearsonpte.com.org. Any queries you may have with respect to the tests may also be submitted online.
It is important to take the English proficiency test of your choice as soon as possible.