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English Language Assessment

What is the English Language Assessment service?

English is the main language of the United Kingdom. The ability to speak English to a competent level is essential to ensure successful integration and progression in the UK. The English Language Assessment service is available to individuals who need to demonstrate their English language proficiency as set out by the Home Office for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4 as well as for settlement and citizenship and to join a family member within the immigration system for the UK.

There are three ways that you can score points for English language:

  • be a national of a majority English speaking country (a country where most people speak English)
  • pass an English language test on the Home Office list of approved English language tests
  • hold a degree taught or research in English.

What level of English language do I need?

The specific level of English language varies depending on the route through which you are applying; please check the Home Office website for more information.

A UK NARIC English Language Assessment can help you when applying through the Points Based Systems (PBS) (Tiers 1, 2, and 4) and if you are applying for settlement, citizenship or to join a family member.

How can we help you?

UK NARIC’s English Language Assessment provides an assessment and a statement:

  • to confirm whether an individual’s approved English language test meets the required level of English language proficiency (CEFR levels A1, B1, B2 or C1)
  • to confirm for PBS applications (Tiers 1, 2 or 4) that an academic qualification is comparable to a UK Bachelor degree and taught in English to the standard of CEFR C1 [Please note, for a separate written assessment confirming the comparable UK level of your academic qualification, you would also need to apply for a UK NARIC Statement of Comparability]
  • to confirm for settlement and citizenship applications that an international academic qualification deemed comparable to a UK Bachelor, Master’s or (in exceptional circumstances) PhD degree is taught in English to the standard of CEFR B1, B2 or C1. [Please note, for a separate written assessment confirming the comparable UK level of your academic qualification, you would also need to apply for the UK NARIC Statement of Comparability]

We have created a table and explanation of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for language skills that you can view.

Example of an English Language Assessment.

Please note that UK NARIC will only be able to assess any tests which are included on the Home Office list of approved English language tests. Please bear in mind that an English language test must be valid at the date of issue of the English Language Assessment (and that typically an English language test has a two-year validity).

Also please note, that when assessing qualifications for an English Language Assessment the degrees must have been fully taught in English, with the sole exception of foreign language modules.

How to apply

The recommended application route for obtaining a UK NARIC English Language Assessment is online, through the User Portal. You will be presented with the option to select this service during the application process. Upon registering an account, you can complete your entire application online by submitting your contact details, uploading any required documentation, and making payment. You will be able to track the progress of your application, and remain in contact with the specialists here at UK NARIC by using the messaging function built into the portal. It is possible for you to apply by post, however please note that we will require printed copies (not originals) of all documentation (detailed below) as well as a covering letter explaining the purpose of your enquiry, clearly stating that you are interested in an English Language Assessment, and providing your contact details.

During the online application process, you will be able to upload scanned versions of your documents to us from within the User Portal.

We require the following information from you in order to process your application:

  • a covering letter or email with your contact details, clearly stating the purpose of your enquiry (e.g. Which Home Office immigration route)
  • if applying online, please include any relevant information relating to the purpose of your enquiry within the “Application Notes” field prior to submission of your application.
  • evidence of the medium of instruction of your degree programme from a central administration unit / registry OR a photocopy or scanned version of your English test certificate(s)
    Example of a Medium of Instruction letter
  • a photocopy or scanned version of your certificate(s) together with final transcript(s) in the original language
  • a photocopy or scanned version of a certified translation in English (if necessary)

If applying by post please also bear in mind the following:

  • payment for the service (see details below)
  • there is no need to send us a self-addressed envelope; a postage option is provided within the check-out process

All documentation should either be uploaded directly through the user portal, or be sent to us by post.

If you are applying by post, please send all documentation to the following address:

Oriel House
Oriel Road
GL50 1XP

Or by fax to:

+44 (0)871 330 7005

Please note that UK NARIC English Language Assessments will be delivered to applicants by post.

How long does it take & how much does it cost?

The turnaround time for the English Language Assessment is 15 working days from the date of receipt of all required documentation and payment. Please note that this timeframe does not include delivery time and cannot be guaranteed. In some cases, such as those requiring additional research, the process may take longer and the applicant will be informed.

The cost of the service is £46.00 + VAT* (£55.20) per application.

If you are applying from an address outside of the EU, you are not required to pay VAT.

To find out more about the payment options that are available please visit the payment options section of our site.

*VAT is payable within the EU