English language assessment

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 test of our own.

This provides us with a single, consistent measure of English language proficiency across the whole of our international student body. The assessment is short and informal. It's not a pass/fail assessment and the results do not affect entry to study. You must attend the combined assessment information/registration session as indicated below.

The results will be emailed to you, together with information on how to register for our free English language support classes..


Your scores will be emailed to you within ten days, together with information on how to register for English language classes.

2019-20 assessment information and registration dates and times

An International Student Welcome and briefing on the Essex English Language Assessment will be taking place on Monday 30 September with the following time slots:

  • 12pm-1pm: Law (including Human Rights Centre); Sociology; Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences; Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
  • 1pm-2pm: Language and Linguistics; History; Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies; Government; Edge Hotel School.
  • 2pm-3pm: Economics; Life Sciences; Psychology; Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies; Mathematical Sciences; Philosophy and Art History (including Interdisciplinary Studies Centre).
  • 3pm-4pm: Essex Abroad; Essex Pathways
  • 4pm-5pm: Essex Business School

HSC students: If you are a student in the School of Health and Social Care, there is not a specific session for your School. You are welcome to attend any of the above sessions, depending on your induction schedule.

You will then be able to book a time and date for your assessment on Eventbrite.

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