Please look at our English language requirements and arrange to take a suitable test such as IELTS Academic, TOEFL, Pearson or Cambridge. You should make these arrangements as soon as you can - if you leave it to the last moment it is much more likely that getting your results to us in time will prove to be stressful.
Prepare early and thoroughly. No time you spend on improving your English language profiency will be wasted.
Nationals/residents of the UK Government's 'Red list' countries who are unable to access our preferred tests may now take either Duolingo or IELTS Indicator tests online and then take the LSE Language Assessment. Capacity for the latter is limited, so if you are able to take one of our preferred tests, please do so. We have written to the offer holders concerned.
Remember that if you need a visa to study in the UK, we need to indicate to UKVI how we assessed your English proficiency, and so we must fulfil their requirements as well.
The LSE Language Assessment
The LSE Language Assessment is by invitation only, based on receipt of Duolingo or IELTS Indicator scores from applicants unable to supply one of our preferred tests.
The assessment is in three parts, intended to demonstrate your proficiency in the core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Task 1 - Use of English (25 minutes)
This contains 50 multiple-choice questions to assess academic grammar and vocabulary.
Task 2 - Integrated Skills (60 minutes)
This has three sections:
- Listening to a short academic lecture and taking notes (approximately 14 minutes);
- Reading an academic article (around 1,200 words) and taking notes;
- Writing a comment (approximately 250 words).
You will be asked to discuss the listening and reading in the interview.
Task 3 - An interview using Zoom (10-15 minutes)
In the interview, you will be asked to discuss a range of topics including:
- Your academic interests, experience and goals/expectations;
- The reading and listening on work-life balance;
- Your written comment
- There is no charge for the LSE Language Centre assessment.
- The result of your assessment will be passed directly to LSE Graduate Admissions; it cannot be used for any other purpose, and we cannot provide individual feedback.
- Graduate Admissions will contact you with confirmation of whether your condition has been met. If you do not meet the condition, you will be permitted to re-take the assessment once more, not less than four weeks after your first test, as long as this is still before the start of your programme.
- If you are unable to keep your appointment, you may log in to Moodle and cancel/reschedule. Please keep such changes to a minimum as places are limited.
- You may still choose to take a traditional test (TOEFL, IELTS etc) if you wish, once test centres re-open.