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.

Coronavirus update

As our campus is open we are again offering tests in both Cambridge and Chelmsford. Because of the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) we have introduced additional social distancing measures, so places in each test session are limited.

See available test dates and book online.

You can pay for the test using our online store.

The ELPT test has been developed to evaluate your level of English for undergraduate or postgraduate study. It is accepted by our University as proof of your English level. It also meets the visa requirements for the UK Visa Immigration (UKVI).

The ELPT test is held our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses.

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 up to 3-4 hours to complete.

This test can be used when applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Anglia Ruskin (except for certain professional accredited courses such as Nursing which requires an IELTS score).

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: 50 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: 50 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'll receive the results of your ELPT one week after you have taken the test. Please note this may take longer during busier periods. Your results will be sent to the email address you provided on the application form.

If you’ve received an offer for an academic course at Anglia Ruskin, our admissions team will contact you to let you know if you’ve met the English requirements for your course. If you haven't met the English requirements, you may be eligible to take a Pre-sessional course or English for University Studies course. Alternatively we may recommend that you take an IELTS at an approved IELTS test centre.

If you haven’t applied to ARU, we’ll only be able to let you know if you’ve met the English 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 of the ELPT is £120. To make a payment online please visit our online store. Please note you’ll need to complete the login in details, including setting up a new account to make a payment online.

If you plan to come in person to our finance offices and pay for the test, please see our campus directions for Cambridge and Chelmsford.

Please note you will not be allowed to sit the test if you have not paid. You must present a copy of your receipt before you sit the test.


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