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Tests Required to Apply to UK

Tests Required to Apply to UK


MBA in UK:

You need to appear for IELTS test or PTE Test. The universities recommend IELTS score is 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in all 4 modules. These are Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. No need for GMAT to study MBA in the UK for most Universities. But some Universities will need it. For eg. Cranfield School of Management, London Business School. To look at the list of MBA programmes in the UK with the fee structure and GMAT requirement, refer to the MBA in UK section of our website.


MS in UK:

You need to appear for IELTS test or PTE Test. The universities recommend IELTS score is 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in all 4 modules. These are (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). Admissions are possible with a 6.0 at many UK Universities. No need for GRE to apply to UK Universities. To learn more about studying Masters in UK, refer to Masters in UK section.


Bachelors in UK:

You need to appear for IELTS test or PTE test. Many UK Universities waive your English language test requirement if you are an IBDP student or you have studied GCE A Levels. No need for SAT test or ACT test to study in the UK for courses after 12th std. To study medicine or dental programs in UK, students will need to appear for UKCAT or BMAT (depending on what your UK University wants you to take). If you wish to study Law in the UK, some UK Universities will need you to appear for National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)


Foundation Programs in UK:

You need to appear only for your English language test ie. either UKVI IELTS or PTE. UKVI IELTS is different from the IELTS Academic test.


 A little about all the tests required to apply to UK listed above:


IELTS Academic:

British Council (UK), IDP (Australia) and Cambridge English Language Assessment came together to create this test of English. It has the same 4 components as TOEFL – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. But authority conducts the 1st three on the same day and the speaking test can be 7 days before or after this. The tests dates are up to 3 times a month.



IELTS for UKVI is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). An IELTS for UKVI score can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application. As far as education is concerned, only for foundation courses students need to take IELTS Academic for UKVI. Or otherwise your UK University will explicitly ask for taking this test.


PTE Test:

PTE refers to Pearson Test of English. It is a computer-based academic English language  It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Questions often test 2 skills together, such as listening and reading or reading and speaking, unlike other English tests. The test is held at least twice every month. Registration can be done within 5 days from to the test date and the results are available in 5 workings days from the date of the test.



A consortium of UK university Medical and Dental Schools uses the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in the selection process. October 5 is the last deadline for Indian students for UKCAT to apply timely for medical admissions for the following year. Students can take UKCAT only once within one test cycle.



National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) is the law entrance test for studying law.  It is for specific UK Universities like Oxford University, University College London (UCL), SOAS University of London, University of Nottingham, King’s College London, Durham University, Bristol University, University of Birmingham. Best time to register for the test, given the understanding of all other deadlines, we believe you should keep these dates in mind: August 1, October 5, January 20. LNAT test deadlines are available here. The test results cannot be carried forward from one academic year to the other.



The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an admissions test for applicants to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at certain universities. It does not require a lot of extra study as it is a test of skills and knowledge that learners are expected to already have. The registration opens by September 1. The registration deadline is October 1 (standard deadline). And October 15 (last deadline with a higher (late) registration fee). The test date is November 4. And results of the BMAT test comes out on November 25. Specific programmes at the following UK Universities required BMAT: Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, Royal Veterinary College, University College London, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Oxford.

UK Admission Counseling

In case you’re confused about your studies in UK, we can help you solve the problem. Once we meet you, and your parents or spouse, we ask you questions to get a clearer idea of your preferences, restrictions, and goals. This will allow us to make a range of suggestions with regard to locations and universities. With more discussions we’ll help you pick between them and narrow it down to the right selection of safe, moderate and ambitions options. We will make your process of studying in UK hassle-free.

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