English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

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. 

Test structure

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.


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