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Exam English

Learn EnglishThese blogs are for students who are  studying towards an English exam such as the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language), or Cambridge English exams such as the CPE (Proficiency), CAE (Advanced), and FCE (First).

While there are a number of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) exams available to international students across the world, the specific exam a student chooses to do will depend largely on what the goal is of the student. For example, if a student would like to study at a university where English is the medium of instruction, then the IELTS and TOEFL are the most widely accepted tests, provided students achieve the minimum score set by the individual universities.

At the University of Cape Town the language requirements for admission for international students from non-English speaking countries are as follows:

  • a recent TOEFL score (obtained within 3-5 years before application for admission) of at least
    • 570 for the paper-based test or
    • 230 for the computer-based test or
    • 88 for the Internet-based test
  • a recent overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0

On the other hand, if the goal is to hone in your skills for the workplace, or more for everyday and conversational fluency in English, then the Cambridge exams may be more relevant to you.

If you are wondering which exam you should take, you can contact us for advice and guidance.