Due to the current COVID-19 related difficulties in taking tests, we have expanded the ways in which offer holders can meet our requirements. We are currently assessing all offer holders with outstanding English language conditions against these criteria, confirming offers where possible and sending emails to the individuals concerne. We have already sent hundreds of individual emails, with hundreds more to come.
Please be patient whilst we carry out this task. Once it is complete, anyone who does not meet these criteria will receive an email setting out the options for taking alternative tests to the ones below. Do not contact us to request a waiver; we will contact you.
Please remember that you should still continue to prepare for studying in English. You are expected to spend time reading, listening to and watching material in English online, to practice your conversational English as often as you can, and to take advantage of the opportunities to improve your written English offered by LSE's Language Centre and Eden Centre once you arrive.
We will consider waiving your English language condition if you:
- Have/will have a 2+2 degree where two years are in the UK
- Have/will have an EU/EEA/Singapore/South Africa/Canada degree taught in English
- Have/will have a degree awarded by a UK/US university not in the UK or US
- Have TOEFL MyBest scores that meet this year’s or last year’s requirements
- Meet last year’s requirements
- Meet this year’s requirement overall, but have dropped 0.5 on one component
- Meet the requirement but your SELT is up to 1 month too old (ie from 1-30 September 2018)
- Show evidence on CV of 3 years working in an English speaking environment
- Show evidence on CV of secondary education in English at GCSE or A level
- Have completed/are completing a 1 year pre-master’s foundation programme in the UK
What you should do
If you have already taken a language test and supplied scores which narrowly miss our requirement (by date or single component score) you do not need to take any action.
If you have already taken a language test but not yet supplied the scores to us, please do so as soon as possible using the new information form (lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Offer-holders/How-do-I/Secure).
Continue to improve your English proficiency. Time spent doing this can never be wasted!
Above all, do not worry. This is a unique situation and we are working hard to make sure that you can attend LSE adequately prepared to take advantage of the opportunities offered to you here.
What we will do
We are assessing and sending emails to offer holders whose conditions we can waive - hundreds already sent and hundreds more in the pipeline.
We will arrange the acceptance of online tests and contact you with full information once it is available.
We will arrange appointments for LSE Language Centre assessments where necessary.
We will develop online learning materials for access by all offer holders in order to improve English proficiency.
Alternative 'at home' English language tests
We are planning to accept several English language tests which can be delivered online without the need to attend a test centre. Some of these tests do not meet all of our or UKVI's needs with regard to their content/security, and must therefore be taken in conjunction with LSE's own language assessment.