English Proficiency At UCT

All international students for whom English is not a first/home language or have
not passed English at Grade 12, AS-level, IGCSE or NSSC level or equivalent, must
provide proof of English language proficiency. Applicants are required to achieve one
of the following:

  1. A score of at least 51% for the Academic Literacy (AL) component of the National Benchmark
    Tests (NBTs)
  2. A pass in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 570 on the
    paper-based test, or 230 on the computer-based test; or 88 on the internet-based test
  3. An overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0) on the
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  4. A score of 64 on the Pearson PTE Academic test. The tests must be taken at your own expense,
    before submitting an application.
  5. These are the minimum levels of English proficiency required for consideration for admission
    to UCT.