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PhD English Language Tests | Language Requirements


This article provides information about PhD English Language Tests and tips to achieving the minimum score.

PhD English Language Tests – Background

PhD English Language Tests

PhD English Language Tests


The English language is quickly becoming one of the dominant languages in education. Many PhD programs are delivered in the English language and many require that their students take PhD English Language Tests before being admitted into the program. The language test is used to help determine if international students are ready to take part in a PhD program. There are many different types of English language test assessments available for students.

PhD English Language Tests – Kinds


Some of these tests are:
·       The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
·       The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
·       The Certificate of Advanced English (Cambridge CAE)
·       The Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
·       The Pearson Test of English (PTE)


These tests are conducted through computer and paper based systems with a speaking component. All of the tests are timed and students are required to complete the test and achieve a minimum score to be accepted into a PhD program. The minimum score for the IELTS is a 6.5 for most UK universities. Certain degrees require higher test scores such as an English literature PhD. Students that do not achieve the minimum score will be awarded opportunities to take additional English language courses to help the student achieve the minimum score needed for their PhD program. Students that have to participate in these English language test revision courses will have to find their own funding for the additional time spent in the United Kingdom. Revision classes can be conducted anywhere between 2 to 20 weeks depending on the level needed.

PhD English Language Tests – Tips to Achieving the Best Score

There are many different strategies that will help students achieve the minimum score needed for their PhD program. The PhD English language tests are all established tests that come with websites and course books to help the students prepare for success. There are many additional tips that can help students achieve their scores:


1.     It is important to know the format of the test. Each test has a different format and it is important that each student is familiar with the layout of the test that they have chosen.
2.     Practice tests are available on many websites and students should take the opportunity to use these tests to see where their strengths and weaknesses are.
3.     While learning English one of the best ways to understand the language is to get first-hand experience. Find a friend who speaks English or go out in the world and immerse yourself in the culture. This helps students get an understanding of how the language sounds in the real world. Also listen to online lectures and read academic articles to get an understanding of the language in its entirety.

PhD English Language Tests

PhD English Language Tests


4.     Practice makes perfect. Practice spelling and writing English words and make sure that you are doing it correctly. Students should process large amounts of text at one time so that they are able to get through PhD English Language Tests within the time restraints.