English language tests

To support you in your journey to joining us at Coventry University, we are pleased to offer the Coventry University English Language Test (CUET) for applicants to Coventry University degree programmes. The CUET can be taken in person or online.

Take your English language test in person

If a face-to-face test is available in your region, you can book an English language test in person. Please contact cuet.io@coventry.ac.uk if you have any questions about whether you qualify for the CUET.

  • Similar to IELTS, the CUET assesses all 4 components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It will take up to 4 hours to complete.

    • Listening (30 mins) - you will be given three recordings to listen to. You must answer questions related to these recordings.
    • Reading (60 mins) - you will be given three pieces of text to read. You must answer questions relating to each text.
    • Writing (60 mins) - you will be expected to give written responses to the two prompts given, one response for each prompt.
    • Speaking (up to 30 mins) - you will have a short interview with the examiner where you will be asked questions on a variety of subjects.
  • You can book to take the Coventry University English language test if you:

    • Hold a conditional offer for study at Coventry University, Coventry University London, CU Coventry or CU Scarborough.
    • Have not taken the Coventry University English language test in the last 2 months for the same academic intake.
    • Have not undertaken a pre-sessional English course at Coventry University in the last 2 months.

    We recommend having an IELTS score with a minimum of 5.0 on all components for entry onto an undergraduate course, or a minimum of 5.5 on all components for entry onto a postgraduate course. The IELTS component levels are provided as guidance only and alternative previous English language study will be considered.

  • You will need the following documents for the test:

    • Proof of your identity (passport) at registration. You must bring the same identity document on the test day as the one recorded on your booking form. If you do not do this, you will not be allowed to take the test and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
    • A photocopy of your ID (passport or national identity card).
    • Your original, valid IELTS certificate (or agreed alternative, see entry criteria above).
    • Your conditional offer letter from Coventry University.
  • To help you prepare and practice for your test, you can take our preparation course which also has a practice test for you to try.

  • You will be contacted with the results of your test within 2 weeks. We will tell you if you have met the entry criteria or not. We will not provide a breakdown of your results. Results are not transferable to any other institution; they are only valid for study at Coventry University, Coventry University London, CU Coventry and CU Scarborough.

Take your English language test online

If a face-to-face test is not available in your region, you can book an online English language test.

  • Similar to IELTS, the test assesses all 4 components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It will take up to 4 hours to complete:

    • Listening - you will be given three recordings to listen to. You must answer questions related to these recordings.
    • Reading - you will be given three pieces of text to read. You must answer questions relating to each text.
    • Writing - you will be expected to give two written responses to the prompts given, one response for each prompt.
    • Speaking - you will be prompted to complete a number of speaking tasks during your online assessment.

    All of the components will be tested during your selected test session.

    Your session will be proctored online, your ID will be matched and your video, and your audio and screen will be recorded for the full duration of your session.

  • Before booking your online test you must ensure your equipment meets the requirements below:

    • Windows: 10 and 11 on 64-bit platforms
    • macOS: OS X 11.7.1 and higher
    • CPU newer than 2011 (Intel Sandy Bridge or newer)
    • 1 GB of free storage space
    • Web camera and microphone (internal or external)
    • A broadband internet connection (0.15Mbps upload speed)
    • If you're using a laptop, your device will need to be connected to the main power supply for the full duration of your test (NOT running on battery power only)
  • You will be able to take a short practice test before your test day. You will receive details on how to do this in your booking confirmation email.

  • You can book to take the Coventry University English language test online if you:

    • Hold a conditional offer for study at Coventry University, Coventry University London, CU Coventry or CU Scarborough.
    • Have not taken the Coventry University English Language test in the last 2 months for the same academic intake.
    • Have not undertaken a pre-sessional English course at Coventry University in the last 2 months.
    • Hold an IELTS certificate with a minimum of 5.0 on all components for entry onto an undergraduate course, or a minimum of 5.5 on all components for entry onto a postgraduate course. The IELTS component levels are provided as guidance only and alternative previous English language study will be considered. Please contact cuet.io@coventry.ac.uk if you have any questions about whether you qualify for the CUET.
  • You will need to have a valid proof of your identity (passport) on your test day. You must use the same identity document you provided when submitting your application.

  • You will be contacted with the results of your test within 2 weeks. We will tell you if you have met the entry criteria or not. We will not provide a breakdown of your results. Results are not transferable to any other Institution; they are only valid for study at Coventry University, Coventry University London, CU Coventry and CU Scarborough.

Prepare for your online English language test

Watch a short video about how to complete your preparation steps for the online test.

Online preparation course

Before booking your test, please enrol on our free preparation course which will help you practice for all four components of the test.

Book your English language test

If you meet our eligibility criteria and are ready to take the test, you can book a date and time here.

Helpful tips

Do not book your test if you are enrolling on the online preparation course. You will be able to book at the end of your course.

If you experience any issues during your test, our team is here to support you. Please email us at cuet.io@coventry.ac.uk.

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