To study in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands you need to be able to read, write and speak English very well. You’ll need to prove your competency by taking a recognised and approved English language test such as the Cambridge Advanced, Cambridge Proficiency, IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE.
- What English test scores are required by universities?
The level of English required depends on the university where you will be studying and the level and difficulty of the programme you apply for. For instance, an English Literature programme may require a higher score than a Fine Art programme. Most universities ask for a 6.5 in the IELTS Academic exam overall and may have specific requirements in each component of the IELTS test depending on the programme.
- What English test scores are required by Pathway/Foundation colleges?
Students that have to study a Foundation, Pre-Masters or Graduate Diploma course are often required to obtain an IELTS score (or equivalent) of at least 4.5 or 5.0
This would often secure students a place on a 3-term foundation programme. A higher IELTS score (5.0 or 5.5) would mean that students can start on a shorter, fast-track, 2-term foundation programme.
- How long is my English language exam certificate valid for?
The IELTS Academic is valid for 2 years. As long as your certificate is still valid on the date you apply for your visa you can use that certificate for your UK Study visa application.
If you have an offer from a university but your English language certificate has expired before you apply for your visa you HAVE to re-take a recognised English language exam before you apply for your visa.
- Where can I take the various English language tests?
In Mexico, tests are offered throughout the country on a regular basis. For instance, the IELTS exams are regularly conducted in many cities across Mexico including Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Xalapa, Culiacan, Merida, Veracruz, Chihuahua, Queretaro and Puebla.
- IELTS test centres and test dates
To find out more about IELTS Academic or IELTS for UKVI test centres and test dates in your country please click here.
An IELTS Academic exam will cost 4,000 MXN* and the IELTS Academic for UKVI will cost $4647 MXN*.
- TOEFL iBT test centres and test dates
To find out more about the TOEFL iBT test centres and test dates in your country please click here.
For more information about Secure English Language Tests accepted by the UKVI please click here.
*Prices correct May 2020