The English Language tests are meant for students who are aspiring to study at a higher education institution abroad. The test scores are required since an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate aspirant needs to show their proficiency and demonstrate their ability to communicate in the language of instruction of the programme they wish to attend.
English Language Proficiency is one of the most important requirements for academic programmes abroad. For English language proficiency, aspirants can take any of the renowned exams such as IELTS. TOEFL, CAE, PTE. Some of these exams like TOEFL can be taken internet-based (iBT) or paper-based (PBT).
Universities around the world have a mandatory requirement from international students who are not from English speaking countries to send in their English language proficiency score to be considered for admissions.
Universities have different English language proficiency eligibility criteria for undergraduate, postgraduate and scholarships. The eligibility for scholarships is higher than the eligibility for undergraduate and postgraduate admissions. Some courses like law and medicine have different eligibility criteria as well.
For Masters programme abroad, aspirants are required to appear for GRE/ GMAT as well as any of the university prescribed English exam like IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, CAE etc. Some universities may not ask for a GRE or GMAT score, but English Language Proficiency is deemed mandatory.
Besides the GRE or GMAT scores, all universities give a lot of weightage to the English scores for admission. Failing to achieve the prescribed score often leads to rejection by the universities or in some cases, the aspirants are required to take extra English courses to make up for the loss.
Australian universities are very sought after for engineering programmes from aspirants from all over the world including India. The English Language Proficiency are the minimum scores required by the universities. Candidates with a higher score are preferred.
English Score for Engineering Programs: North America
North America leads the world in to universities. The region not only provides world quality education, it also provides the most coveted jobs in the world. The top universities of USA are the top universities of the region.
As predominantly an English speaking region, USA attracts students from all over the world and hence requires the students to have a certain level of English Language Proficiency. The scores mentioned are the minimum scores. Applicants scoring more than the minimum score obviously are preferred above the lower scoring candidates.
English Language Proficiency Scores for Top Universities in North America
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
Cambridge English: Advanced/Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
104 (26 in all 4components)
613 (60 in reading & listening, 63 in writing,& 5.0 in TWE)
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
No minimum score
University of Chicago
7, with sub scores of 7 each
104 overall, with 4 sub scores of 26
No minimum score (28+ in speaking)
Johns Hopkins University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Michigan
University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
University of Toronto
6.5, with no band below 6.0
100 + 22 on Writing
600 + 5.0 on TWE
grade of "B"
7.0 or greater (<= 6.0 in each subscores
100 (<= 20 in each component scores)
English Language Proficiency Score for Engineering Programs: Australia
Australia has seven of the top 100 universities of world. The top universities in Australia have been providing world-class education, and catering to students from all over the world.
Australian Universities also offer a number of scholarships for students aspiring to study. The universities of Australia have a mandatory English Language Proficiency proficiency requirement from students applying to study.
English Language Proficiency Score for Engineering Programs in Australia
Australian National University
6.5 with no band less than 6.0
80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening
570 with TWE* score of 4.5
Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section
176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills.
University of Melbourne
6.5 (With no band less than 6)
79 + Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 13
577 + and TWE 4.5
58+ and no communicative skill below 50
176 overall (min.169 in each subtest)
University of New South Wales
90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
577 + and TWE 5.0
64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
University of Sydney
85+ (17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing)
565+ and minimum TWE 4.5
79 + Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 12
550, TWE 4.5
58, No PTE communicative skills score below 50
No skill score below 169
University of Western Australia
82 + Writing 22, Speaking 20, Reading 18, Listening 20
64 overall (min. 59 in speaking and writing, and 54 in listening and reading)
University of Adelaide
575 (TWE 4.5)
65 and Skills profile 65 in Writing and Speaking and 58 in Listening a
176 and Individual scores 176 in Writing and Speaking and 169 in Listening
English Language Proficiency Score for Engineering Programs: Europe
European universities are some of the best in the world for graduate programmes in Engineering. Four of the top 10 universities for Engineering and Technology are present in Europe. European universities feature in the top in a number of Engineering disciplines. Most graduate engineering programmes in Europe are taught in English making a language proficiency score mandatory. The top universities of UK are among the top universities of Europe.
English Language Proficiency Scores for Top Universities in Europe
University of Cambridge
7.5 (With no band less than 7)
107 (with minimum of 25 in all sections)
Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
100; a minimum of 98
Imperial College London
92 overall (minimum 20 in all elements)
62 overall (minimum 56 in all elements)
176 overall (minimum 169 in all elements)
University of Oxford
7.0 (With no band less than 7)
110(Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24)
600 and TWE score of 5.5
Delft University of Technology
overall band score must be at least 7.0.
minimum total score of 100
Politecnico di Milano
C / Advanced - C / First - B
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
90 overall (min. 20 in writing)
total score of 575
62 (writing 61)
RWTH Aachen University
Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Technical University of Denmark
Politecnico di Torino
UCL (University College London)
92 (24/30 in reading & writing and 20/30 in speaking & listening
62 overall, with a minimum of 59
176 with 169 in all sub tests
The University of Manchester
6.5 with no sub-test below 5.5
90, with no sub-test below 22
59, with no sub-test below 51
79-80 on the TOEFL iBT test
English Language Proficiency Score for Engineering Programs: Asia
The number of students opting for doing their Masters from Asia are growing. The continent has the two of the three largest economies of the world making it not only good for education but also for a job. The top universities of Singapore top the lists of universities in Asia.
English Language Proficiency Scores for Top Universities in Asia
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
National University of Singapore (NUS)
6.5 for overall and 6.0 for writing component).
90 (23 for writing)
The University of Hong Kong
6 with no subtest lower than 5.5
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
6.0 and All sub-scores: 5.5
Seoul National University
6.5 with each component at level 6.0 or better
KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
City University of Hong Kong
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Pohang University of Science And Technology (POSTECH)
National Taiwan University (NTU)
English is the main language of instruction of most Masters programmes in Engineering all over the world. Aspirants who have completed their basic education from some countries listed by the universities are also exempted from taking the English Language Proficiency exams. The list of countries include some Caribbean countries, Australia, Canada, Fiji, some African countries, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Seychelles, Singapore, a few British overseas territories, United Kingdom, and United States of America. Universities may add or remove any country from the list.
English Language Proficiency Tests and their components
11 – 14 minutes
60 – 80 minutes
60 – 90 minutes
1 hr 30 minutes
32 – 41 minutes
77 – 93 minutes
45 – 57 minutes
All English tests have similar components. The importance given to each section and their scoring pattern is different. For example, the reading section of IELTS is 60 minutes long. The test comprises of three reading passages and tasks related to the passages. The tasks also have diagrams, graphs and illustrations. The TOEFL (iBT) reading section on the other hand is of 60 – 80 minute duration. It comprises of 36 – 56 questions and asks the test taker to read 3 – 4 academic texts and answer related questions.
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