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English language requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language and if the language of instruction for your first degree is not English, we ask you to provide evidence of your command of English. The most common qualification is the IELTS| test. You do not need to have the required marks when you apply, but they would form a condition of any offer that you received, and would have to be achieved before your arrival at LSE. In each case we require the test of English for Academic Purposes. Your test should be no more than two years old by 1 October in the year you intend to start your programme. Other tests may be acceptable if you have already taken them, but conditions attached to offers will be set as required scores in the IELTS . If you are entering the UK on a student visa (tier 4), your language test scores must meet not just LSE's requirements, but also those of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Please note that test scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification. We will not accept individual component scores from multiple tests.

The minimum requirements are listed below. You may need additional language instruction before you register in order to be confident that you can participate fully in your programme. Experience has shown that students who are fully proficient in English are best placed to make the most of all that LSE has to offer, both academically and socially. The LSE Language Centre| offers courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to support you both prior to and during your studies. 

Undergraduate

The following qualifications are acceptable to LSE:

  • GCSE English Language with a grade B or better.
  • IGCSE (first language):

CIE board - Grade B or better, plus grade 2 in the optional speaking test OR
Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years ^

Edexcel board (English A) - Grade B or better, plus the Speaking and Listening coursework component OR
Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years ^ 

Edexcel board (English B) - Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years ^ 

  •  
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) academic test with a score of 7.0 in all four components (in one exam sitting only).
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CAE) with a grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.
  • Cambridge English Language (1119) conducted overseas by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: B4 or better.
  • O level (1120 Brunei, 1125 Mauritius A, 1127 Singapore) grade B or better.
  • Singapore Integrated Programme (IP) Secondary 4 English Language grade B or better.  
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education English (HKDSE) with grade 5**.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - academic test with a score of 65 in all four components (in one exam sitting).
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet based test)- At least 107 overall with a minimum of 25 in each of the four components (in one sitting only)++.

    ^ If an applicant is offering IGCSE in English as a First Language without the optional component (as above), and has been educated in the medium of English during their five most recent years of study (prior to 1 October 2015), then we will accept the qualification as sufficient evidence of English language proficiency.

    ++For entry in 2014: if you have already taken the TOEFL, you may still be able to use your score to satisfy our English requirement (and that of UKVI). Please see the ETS latest news for more information.

Exceptions

If students are offering the International Baccalaureate, they would not require one of the English Language qualifications above, provided they achieve one of the following:

  • English A + Literature/ English A + Language & Literature (any grade at Higher Level or at least 6 at Standard Level).
  • English A + Literature & Performance (at least 6 points at Standard Level).
  • English B with the maximum score of 7 at Higher level.

Graduate

There are standard and higher requirements, and you must check which applies to your programme. Research programmes and the Law Department have yet higher requirements. Please note that our standard requirements have increased slightly from 2014 entry. Follow the links in the table to find more information about how to take each type of test.

Requirement

Overall

Reading

Listening

Writing

Speaking

Standard

IELTS|

7.0

6.5

6.5

6.0

6.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)|

65

58

58

51

51

Cambridge English Scale*|

185

176

176

169

169

TOEFL|

107

22

22

21

20

Law programmes

IELTS|

7.5

6.5

7.0

7.0

6.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)|

73

58

65

65

51

Cambridge English Scale*|

191

176

185

185

169

TOEFL|

109

22

24

25

20

Research programmes

IELTS|

7.0

6.5

6.5

7.0

6.5

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)|

65

58

58

65

58

Cambridge English Scale*|

185

176

176

185

176

TOEFL|

107

22

22

25

22

You may be required to achieve a higher score at the discretion of the selectors. If you have not yet taken any English test, we recommend that you take the IELTS test.

 *For tests taken before the new Cambridge English Scale was introduced, we will use the online converter| to determine your score equivalence. If you are taking a Cambridge test rather than the IELTS, we prefer the Advanced or Proficiency tests.

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