Our English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT test) gives evidence of your English level, so that you can apply to study at Anglia Ruskin University.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The ELPT is suitable for applicants who have already been offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Anglia Ruskin and need to provide proof of their level of English, or for applicants who haven’t yet applied for a degree programme but are thinking about studying at Anglia Ruskin University.
The ELPT may also be suitable if you are considering applying for a course with ARU College, although we would recommend that you contact them before you book a test.
If you are planning to apply for a Pre-sessional course we would recommend emailing us before booking an ELPT: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ELPT will take place either on our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses. You can find available dates on our on-line booking form.. We’ll confirm the date, time and location by email (you should receive this information at least one day before the test date).
We would recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the test. We can’t allow any latecomers into the test and will not refund payments for tests if you arrive too late or fail to arrive.
To help you prepare for the test we would recommend that you practice writing and speaking English as much as possible. You might also want to look at other resources to help you including IELTS text books; the British Council and BBC also have some good on-line resources. If you would like to look at some sample ELPT papers please email email@example.com.
You must bring some formal identification that includes a photograph of yourself, e.g. a passport or driving licence to the test. Please note you won’t be able to sit the test if you don’t have any formal ID. You must also bring a copy of your receipt of payment, or we’ll be unable to issue your results.
You’ll also need to bring your own pens. Please note you will not be allowed to use a dictionary or have use of your mobile phone in the test.
We aim to release the results one week after the test date. The results will be sent to the email address that you provided on the on-line booking form (please check carefully that you provide your correct email address). Please note we are unable to give the results out over the phone.
What should I do once I get my test results?
Depending on your application status the following will happen.
If you are applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Anglia Ruskin University the results of your ELPT can be submitted as part of your application and these be accepted by the UKVI requirements for applying for a Tier 4 visa.
If you are applying for a course that is below degree level you will need to check with our Admissions Team (please see their contact details in your offer letter) to ensure that the ELPT can be accepted.
We can send you a certified copy of your results (including the breakdown of your individual scores) which you can include in your application pack, or present to a future employer, for instance. There is a £5 administration charge. You can pay for your certificate using our online store.
The earliest you can retake an ELPT is two months after your last test date.
We will only provide the ELPT results to the email submitted on the on-line application form. We can’t give results out to family or friends.