Using TOEFL® Scores to Study in the U.K.
The TOEFL® test continues to be accepted for admissions by universities and other institutions in the U.K. It is also accepted for Tier 4 student visas under certain conditions, even though it is no longer recognized by the U.K. Home Office as a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Below is the most current guidance about the use of TOEFL iBT® scores for Tier 4 student visas.
Applicants for Tier 4 Student Visas
TOEFL iBT scores can still be used for Tier 4 student visas through a process established by the Home Office called vouching. Under vouching provisions, a university may issue a visa for students with scores from English tests that are not on the SELT list, including the TOEFL test.
In order to use your TOEFL scores in this way, the following conditions need to be met:
- Your chosen U.K. university accepts the TOEFL iBT test for admission purposes. Contact the university you wish to apply to directly by phoning or emailing the admissions department to confirm that they accept TOEFL iBT scores.
- Your course of study will be at degree level or higher. The test cannot be used for pre-sessional or foundation courses, or foundation degrees.
- You meet the TOEFL iBT score requirement for university entry and your course of study. Please check the university website for TOEFL iBT score requirements as you may find each university has different requirements for the course that you intend to apply for.
- You meet the TOEFL iBT scores at the B2 level set by the Home Office for immigration. These scores are:
- Total: 72
- Reading: 18
- Listening: 17
- Writing: 17
- Speaking: 20
The TOEFL test is available at thousands of test centers worldwide, so most likely there is one near you.
Citizens of European Union (EU) Member Countries
A Tier 4 student visa is not required for students from European Union member countries. EU students may continue to use TOEFL scores at universities in the U.K. that accept the TOEFL test.
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