The idea of studying and pursuing a university degree away from your home country has become increasingly common and popular. Most international universities have increased their number of available English-taught programmes just to provide more students worldwide equal opportunities to study a degree abroad.
However, one of the main reasons why foreign students are rejected when applying to a university abroad is because they were not able to meet English language requirements. Other admission criteria such as GPAs are important as well but you should not overlook language skills or consider them less important when you prepare for admission to a university degree course.
If you have found yourself in this situation or simply want to make sure you will be admitted to the university you always dreamt of, then you should start looking for an English language school and apply for an English exam preparation course.
Apply for the right English exam preparation course
English language exams are demanded by most universities as proof of English language proficiency. This is merely the most convenient method in which universities can make sure you will be able to overcome the academic standards in terms of teaching style using English as medium of instruction. In a nutshell, you have the proper language level to understand lectures, make assignments and pass the exams.
So if you haven’t acquired an internationally acknowledged English language certificate yet, now is the time to do so. Start looking for an English language school and enrol in an English exam preparation course.
The most common English language exams are:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – for studying, working or living in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa. The exam is also accepted by many institutions in the United States, but just for study purposes.
Read more details about IELTS.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is accepted for studying and living in the United States. You can take the TOEFL test either at a local centre or via the internet. Find out more details about TOEFL.
- Cambridge English (CAE) – accepted for study and work opportunities in many countries worldwide and for immigration in the UK, Canada and Australia. You can register to take a CAE exam at over 2,800 centres in 130 countries around the world. Check more information about CAE.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) – for study and work purposes in the UK, Australia, Canada, USA and as part of the visa application for Australia. The greatest advantage of PTE is that it provides flexible test dates almost every day in around 150 locations worldwide and results are available after only five business days. See more information about PTE.
Check out English language schools providing exam preparation courses.
Most English language exams have about the same structure and lasts around three hours and a half to four hours in total. Your language level will be assessed through four major components:
Check with your chosen institution to see exactly which English language test they accept.
Choose an English preparation course at an accredited language school
English schools all over the world provide great value language learning for academic purposes. A central examination board will administer the exams listed above, though individual language schools may also serve as testing centres. However, it’s important to check accreditation of your chosen language school and some of the most common accreditation bodies are:
- British Council
- English UK
- Quality English.
Additionally, top universities in the UK, the U.S., Canada and more countries have introduced special foundation programmes that focus on helping students acquire English language skills required for university admission.
So you can prepare for IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge within a university and you will not only gain advanced English skills, but you will also adjust with the academic environment.