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Essex English Language Assessment

If you are an international student then you probably already have an English language certificate of proficiency such as IELTS or TOEFL. However, like most other British universities we require all newly registered students whose first language is not English to sit a short English language test of our own.

This provides us with a single, consistent measure of English language proficiency across the whole of our international student body. The assessment is short and informal. It's not a pass/fail assessment and the results do not affect entry to study. You must attend the combined assessment information/registration session as indicated below.

The results will be emailed to you, together with information on how to register for our free English language support classes..


The test has two components:

  1. a written paper where you must write a short essay in 45 minutes
  2. an online test of English usage, for which you have 60 minutes

There is no need to prepare for the test, but if you would like to familiarise yourself with our computer-based test format then you can complete a practice test at any time.


Your scores will be emailed to you within ten days, together with information on how to register for English language classes.

2019-20 assessment information and registration dates and times

The 2019 schedule will be published in September 2019.