Taught course

ELLT - English Language Test

Oxford International Education Group
English Language Level Test

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to take before your take the ELLT but usually, you will be interested in studying a university course that needs you to show evidence of your English language level.

Months of entry


Course content

About you: You want to find out exactly what English language level you have at the moment. This could be to check if you already meet the English language requirements for a university course you’re applying for.

And the great news is that our ELLT is accepted by many universities as evidence of your English language level, meaning you know you’ll be able to progress to a wide range of degree courses after taking your test with us.

How it works

  • Four stages to assess your English language ability in each skill: reading, listening, writing and speaking
  • Completed 100% online so you can find out your English language level from home
  • Recognised by many universities* so you can choose from a wide range of courses to progress onto
  • Our English Language Test is supported by qualified teaching and examination staff from our language schools which are accredited by the British Council.

Four steps to your results

1. Reading

2. Listening

3. Writing

4. Speaking

Reading: Your reading proficiency will be assessed through an automated, secure online test. We recommend that you allow 40 minutes to complete this part of the test.

Listening: Your listening and comprehension skills will be assessed through an automated, secure online test. We recommend that you allow 20 minutes to complete this part of the test.

Writing: You’ll be assessed through a unique written task. We recommend that you allow 60 minutes to complete this part of the test.

Speaking: You’ll take your speaking exam live with an examiner over a video call. Your examiner will be the same examiner who has assessed the other three skills tests that you’ve already taken. We recommend that you allow 20 minutes to complete this part of the test.

The Results: Once you’ve completed all four assessment stages, you’ll receive a full report of your results, which will show your individual skill and overall language level score. You’ll also receive a final certificate from one of our English language teachers.

If your examiner has any questions about your results then you might need to do a follow-up assessment with a Senior Teacher or Director of Studies. This four-step process, along with the cross-referencing of previous tests and spot checks, means we can make sure that your results are reliable and accurate.

Why choose the ELLT?

  • Stringent academic oversight
  • 100% online test
  • The ELLT Portal
  • How is the ELLT evaluated?

Stringent academic oversight

At OI Digital Institute, our highly qualified and experienced staff have developed the English Language Level Test to the highest academic standards. Each test is overseen by a School Principal, a Director of Studies, an Assistant Director of Studies and a team of experienced Senior Teachers.

Oxford International has 30 years of delivering English language education to students from across the world and is accredited by the British Council.

100% online test

Unlike other language level tests, our English Language Level Test is administered completely online via our ELLT Portal.

Once you access the portal you can complete your reading and listening tasks through automated software. Following the completion of these two stages, you will be issued a writing task which you will also complete within the portal. Once your writing task has been submitted you will be able to arrange your speaking examination. You will be able to select an available speaking examination time that suits you, with this section of the test being conducted with a live examiner via video call.

The ELLT Portal

The ELLT Portal has been designed to make the English Language Level Test as accessible as possible for our students and partners. Students are in control of their own journey and have access to the portal 24/7, meaning they can submit their tasks at a time that suits them.

The portal allows a user to register, pay and take their 4 test components all in one place.

The portal uses advanced security protocols and AI proctoring, alongside a team of human examiners to confidently determine accurate results of each student’s language proficiency.

Learn more about our portal through our ELLT portal guidebook.

How is the ELLT evaluated?

Once the student completes all four stages of the test, the assessing examiner prepares a report summarising the student’s results from each of the four assessment tasks and gives a final certificate of language level. A detailed performance report is also provided to the student.

If the assessing teacher has any doubts, then a follow-up assessment may be conducted by a Senior Teacher or Director of Studies. The four-step process adds a level of robustness to the results, and the cross-referencing of test components along with spot checks ensure a secure test environment and level of trust in the results. An analysis of the security and AI proctoring features is also conducted to confirm a secure test environment.

How do I apply for the ELLT?

You can sign-up for the test via our ELLT portal.

What equipment do I need?

We recommend you have access to a computer, a stable internet connection and headphones with a microphone. You can also conduct the test on your smartphone, but the written exam is likely to be may be more challenging.

When will I get my results?

Your results and the full report should be delivered within 48 hours of completion of your speaking test. Times may differ.

Which universities accept the ELLT?

The following universities recognise the results of the English Language Level Test (ELLT) for admission onto their programmes:

  • Bangor University International College
  • Birmingham City University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Coventry University
  • De Montfort University International College
  • International College Dundee
  • Jacobs University International College
  • London South Bank University
  • NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
  • Nottingham Trent University*
  • Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
  • The University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Chester
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Greenwich International College
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Hull
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Westminster
  • University of the West of England
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of Worcester

Fees and funding

International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • English Language Level Test
    1 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Theodore Liu