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For applicants who do not have a SELT or an acceptable in-country English language qualification, the University of Chester has developed its own, online English language test, which applicants can take. Candidates will be tested in all four areas of English language proficiency and will be benchmarked against the CEFR framework.  This assessment is recognised for visa purposes.  


The University of Chester English Language Test has been developed by the International Centre to evaluate the English Language ability of prospective, University of Chester students.

The UoCELT gives applicants an excellent opportunity to demonstrate they can meet the required level of English to join one of our courses. The test can also determine whether a student needs any additional English Language support- either before or during their studies.

The UoCELT is done online, via Skype and is completely free of charge.

Who can take the UoCELT?

  • Students who hold a conditional offer for a place at University of Chester but do not have the required IELTS score
  • Students who hold an IELTS score but have not yet reached the required English level for their particular course of study at University of Chester.
Test Structure

There are four parts to the test: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Sections range in duration, from 10 to 30-minutes and the whole test is expected to take approximately 90-minutes.

The test is conducted by a certified English for Academic Purposes Tutor in a one to one environment, so students can be as relaxed as possible.

More information on each part of the test can be found below:


Students will listen to a piece of audio focused on a particular topic. Students must then show their understanding by answering a number of questions related to what they have just heard.


Students will be given a passage of text to study. They must then answer a series of true or false questions.


The examiner will ask students a series of questions which they must answer verbally. Students will be asked questions on subjects such as their hobbies, studies and home country.


Students will be required to write a 150 to 250-word, academic-style answer to a question focused on a topic they are familiar with.


How to Prepare

Like any test, the key to success is practice! Students should ensure they take the time to practice speaking about themselves and their interests. Students should practice listening to short talks or lectures and making key notes. They should also practice reading news articles or academic publications.  Finally, students should practice writing academic essays in timed conditions, without a dictionary to assist.


Students will usually receive their results within 2-3 working days of completing the test. Results will be sent by email.

How to Book a Test

To book your test, please email us at with your student reference number, Skype ID name, phone number, and attach a copy of your passport.  

For more information on the University of Chester English Test, please email the International Centre: