Our English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT test) gives evidence of your English level, so that you can apply to study at Anglia Ruskin University.
Regular tests are offered at our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses. We also occasionally offer tests at our Peterborough campus.
See available test dates and book online.
You can pay for the test using our online store.
The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) has been developed to evaluate your level of English for academic study on a foundation/pathway, undergraduate or postgraduate course. It is accepted by our University as proof of your English level, so it can be used to support your student visa application.
We also hold the ELPT overseas. To check if this test is held in your country, please visit our country pages.
The ELPT has been designed to evaluate your level of English for academic study. The test consists of four sections and you will be given a mark for each of these sections, as well as an overall mark. All the components will be taken on the same day and the test should take approximately 3-4 hours to complete.
This test can be used when applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at ARU, or when applying to study a foundation/pathway course at ARU College.
The ELPT consists of the following sections.
Reading: You will be given two pieces of text and will be expected to show your understanding of this text by answering a number of comprehension questions based on the text.
Time allowed: 60 minutes
Listening: You will listen to four short extracts (these may include general conversations, lectures, etc) and you will be expected to show your understanding of this text by answering a number of questions related to the text.
Time allowed: 50 minutes
Writing: You will be given a choice of questions and be expected to write a short essay.
Time allowed: 60 minutes
Speaking: You will have a short interview with the examiner and be expected to talk on a number of subject areas, these may include details on your studies, your home country, and your future aspirations.
Time allowed: 10-15 minutes
You will receive your results by email within a couple of days of taking the test, but it may take up to one week at busier times.
If you’ve received an offer for an academic course at ARU our admissions team will contact you to let you know if you have met the requirements. If you have not reached the level required for your course, you may be able to re-take some or all parts of the test, or apply for a Pre-Sessional English course.
If you have not yet applied to ARU, we’ll only be able to let you know if you have met the English language requirements for your course once an offer has been made.
To sit the ELPT test on the date you have chosen, you will need to pay for the test at least 24 hours before the test date. The cost is £120. Please visit our online store to pay.
The ELPT is suitable for applicants who have already been offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Anglia Ruskin and need to provide proof of their level of English, or for applicants who haven’t yet applied for a degree programme but are thinking about studying at Anglia Ruskin University.
The ELPT may also be suitable if you are considering applying for a course with ARU College, although we would recommend that you contact them before you book a test.
If you are planning to apply for a Pre-sessional course we would recommend emailing us before booking an ELPT: [email protected].
All available dates are listed on our online booking form.
Select the campus where you would like to take the test to see available dates.
The ELPT will take place either on our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses. You can find available dates on our online booking form.. We’ll confirm the date, time and location by email (you should receive this information at least one day before the test date).
We would recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the test. We can’t allow any latecomers into the test and will not refund payments for tests if you arrive too late or fail to arrive.
To help you prepare for the test we would recommend that you practice writing and speaking English as much as possible. You might also want to look at other resources to help you including IELTS text books; the British Council and BBC also have some good on-line resources. If you would like to look at some sample ELPT papers please email [email protected].
You must bring some formal identification that includes a photograph of yourself, e.g. a passport or driving licence to the test. Please note you won’t be able to sit the test if you don’t have any formal ID. You must also bring a copy of your receipt of payment, or we’ll be unable to issue your results.
You’ll also need to bring your own pens. Please note you will not be allowed to use a dictionary or have use of your mobile phone in the test.
We aim to release the results one week after the test date. The results will be sent to the email address that you provided on the online booking form (please check carefully that you provide your correct email address). Please note we are unable to give the results out over the phone.
What should I do once I get my test results?
Depending on your application status the following will happen.
If you are applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Anglia Ruskin University the results of your ELPT can be submitted as part of your application and these be accepted by the UKVI requirements for applying for a student visa.
If you are applying for a course that is below degree level you will need to check with our Admissions Team (please see their contact details in your offer letter) to ensure that the ELPT can be accepted.
We can send you a certified copy of your results (including the breakdown of your individual scores) which you can include in your application pack, or present to a future employer, for instance. There is a £5 administration charge. You can pay for your certificate using our online store.
The earliest you can retake an ELPT is two months after your last test date.
We will only provide the ELPT results to the email submitted on the online application form. We can’t give results out to family or friends.
We are unable to offer refunds. However you may rearrange your test for another date. If you would like to take the test on another date please email us at [email protected]