SOAS University of London



  • Can I enrol on a pre-sessional English course at SOAS instead of taking an English language test?

    It is not possible to enrol on a pre-sessional English course without having first submitted IELTS/ TOEFL/PEARSON test results. The decision on whether you are required to take a pre-sessional English course will depend on your results. 

    Applicants must demonstrate a minimum level of English to be considered for a pre-sessional English course at SOAS. For further information about the English language pre-sessional courses and other English language courses at SOAS, please go to the IFCELS centre.

  • Do I have to submit evidence of English language proficiency with my application?

    Although your English results can be submitted separately from your academic application, we recommend you submit your IELTS /TOEFL/ PEARSON test results by the 31st of May or as early as possible to allow time to either retake the test if your scores are too low or to meet the requirements to attend the pre-sessional courses as required by the English language assessor.

    It is advisable to register for your test as early as possible as test centres get fully booked at certain times of the year. This means you might not be able to sit your exam and receive your results in time for the start of the academic year.

  • Where should I send my English test results?

    Please send your results to Masters Admissions, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG or email

    We can accept copies of IELTS/TOEFL/PEARSONS scores to make an assessment. If we cannot verify your results  you will have to provide the original test certificate before we can make a decision.

    You can also ask the test centre to send your original results directly to us at the above address.

    • If you have taken IELTS, please quote SOAS, University of London
    • If you have taken TOEFL, please quote the SOAS code which is 0107. There is no departmental code
  • How do I submit my Pearsons test results?

    You will need to assign your Pearsons test results to SOAS via the Pearsonspte website. 

    Login to your Pearsons account.
    Click 'View Score Reports'.
    Click 'Send Scores'.
    Type the name of your chosen insititution in the field marked 'Institution/Organisation/Department/School' and click Search.
    Tick the box next to the correct institution's name when it appears in the list.
    Review your details and scroll down the page and click 'Next' and then 'Next' again to confirm.

    For further information please check the Pearsons website:

  • Which English tests are recognised? And how long the test certificates are valid for?

    See the full list of acceptable evidence, tests and scores

    IELTS, TOEFL or Pearsons Test results are valid for 2 years. We will accept tests taken up to two years preceding the programme start date. However, the School reserves the right to request further test evidence so that a more reliable assessment can be made in some cases.

  • Although my first language is not English, the medium of instruction at my university throughout my First degree and secondary education was English. Can I be exempted from submitting an English language test?

    Unfortunately due to the increasingly strict requirements from UK Visas and Immigration and the need to treat all International students and non-native English speaker students in the same way, we now require all students who have been educated outside one of the UKVI list of Majority English speaking countries (or educated for less than three years at degree level within one of the countries), to submit a SELT relevant to the study of academic English. For further information on English language requirements please refer to the SOAS website.

    If you have completed a minimum of 3 consecutive years at degree level within one of the UKVI recognised countries no more than two years ago we may be able to consider exemption. This will only be determined upon assessment of a complete application.

  • Will IELTS/TOEFL/PEARSON scores or previous English assessment still be valid if I defer entry?

    Applicants should note that extension of a previous assessment is not automatically granted since the evidence already submitted may not reflect the applicant’s level of English at the start of the following academic year once deferral has been approved. Therefore new evidence of English Language proficiency might be requested.

    Please note that  English language tests are only valid for two years.  We will accept tests taken up to two years preceding the programme start date. However, the School reserves the right to request further test evidence so that a more reliable assessment can be made in some cases.

  • When is the deadline for submitting evidence of English language proficiency?

    The recommended deadline is the 31st of May. This is to allow applicants sufficient time to make any necessary arrangements to attend the pre-sessional course (should you require one as per English Language Assessor's decision) or retake an IELTS/ TOEFL/ Pearson test (should you want to do so). 

    If you submit your results after this date, it will be your responsibility to ensure that you meet the English requirements fully by the date of enrolment, including attending a pre-sessional course if required.

    MSc Economics, MSc in Finance, MSc Finance & Financial Law, MSc Research for International Development and MA Law programmes have an earlier enrolment date. You must ensure that the English Language entry requirements are fully met by the end of August in order to enrol on these programmes.