Essex English Language Assessment

Getting access to the support that you need

The Essex English Language Assessment is compulsory for all international students with English as an additional language.

If you are an international student then you probably already have an English language certificate of proficiency such as IELTS or TOEFL. However, like most other British universities we require all newly registered students whose first language is not English to sit a short English language assessment of our own.

If your first language is not English, you'll need to attend the assessment briefing session on Monday 30 September, then book your assessment time via Eventbrite.

Each event on Eventbrite represents a different day that the assessment is running (Tuesday 1 October - Friday 4 October) with limited numbers of tickets for each of the times and locations. You only need to book one ticket.

 The assessment is 75 minutes long and consists of 4 sections:

  • Speaking (10 mins)
  • Writing (25 mins)
  • Listening (20 mins)
  • Language and style (20 mins)

The Essex English Language Assessment is not a pass/fail test, but is instead a diagnostic assessment which aims to provide us with a single, consistent measure of English language proficiency across the whole of our international student body. The results will then be emailed to you, together with information on how to register for our free English language support classes..

For more information

Skills for Success runs the Essex English Language Assessment. We are also here to help you succeed in your studies and achieve your potential.  We offer support and resources to help improve your writing, maths, research, study skills and English language, no matter what your discipline or level of study.

Visit our webpages or go to the Student Services Hub in the Silberrad Student Centre to find out more about our services, and how we can help.

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