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English Language Comparison Scores

The tables below compare the total score and component score respectively between IELTS, Pearson Test of English (Academic) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE). We will use this comparison to decide whether you have met the level required to study at BU. The comparison below is a guide based on the UK Border Agency’s requirements for Tier 4 Student Visas.

We accept a range of other English language qualifications, which are among the language tests published and regularly updated by UK Border Agency for Tier 4 Student Visa purposes.

Comparison of overall scores

IELTS (Academic) TOEFL iBT Pearson Test of English (Academic) Cambridge English: Advanced and Proficiency Trinity College London ISE II
4.0 (B1) 0-31 36 142
4.5 32-34 39 147
5.0 35-45 45 154
5.5 (B2) 46-59 51 162
6.0 60-78 54 169 Pass
6.5 79-93 58 176 Pass
7.0 94-101 62 185 Pass

*Component scores for CAE are not applicable for comparison. Please contact the International Admissions Team for further queries.

Comparison of component scores

Component IELTS (Academic) TOEFL iBT Pearson Test of English (Academic) Cambridge English: Advanced and Proficiency Trinity College London ISE II
Listening 4.0 (B1) 0-2 36 142
Reading 4.0 (B1) 0-2 36 142
Speaking 4.0 (B1) 0-11 36 142
Writing 4.0 (B1) 0-11 36 142
Listening 4.5 3 42 147
Reading 4.5 3 42 147
Speaking 4.5 12-13 42 147
Writing 4.5 12-13 42 147
Listening 5.0 4-6 49 154
Reading 5.0 4-7 49 154
Speaking 5.0 14-15 49 154
Writing 5.0 14-17 49 154
Listening 5.5 (B2) 7-11 51 162 Pass
Reading 5.5 (B2) 8-12 51 162 Pass
Speaking 5.5 (B2) 16-17 51 162 Pass
Writing 5.5 (B2) 18-20 51 162 Pass
Listening 6.0 12-19 53 169 Pass
Reading 6.0 13-18 53 169 Pass
Speaking 6.0 18-19 53 169 Pass
Writing 6.0 21-23 53 169 Pass
Listening 6.5 20-23 (51)* 176 Merit
Reading 6.5 19-23 (51)* 176 Merit
Speaking 6.5 20-22 (51)* 176 Merit
Writing 6.5 24-26 55 176 Merit

*No BU programme currently requires Listening, Reading or Speaking component scores of 6.5 or above. However, the UKBA minimum for those requiring a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa still applies, these are indicated in brackets.