Comparison of English language test scores

This table compares the total and component scores required from English language qualifications for which entry requirements vary between courses. The University of Sheffield will use these comparisons to ascertain whether candidates have met the level required in their conditional offer.

Of these qualifications, IELTS tests taken at UK government-approved test centres (known as "IELTS for UKVI") are considered as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa purposes. IELTS for UKVI and Trinity Integrated Skills in English are the only qualifications that can be used in applications for a Tier 4 student visa to study a pre-sessional course at the English Language Teaching Centre.

The other qualifications listed are not SELTs. They cannot be used in applications for a Tier 4 student visa to study at the ELTC, but can be used in visa applications to study a degree course at the University.

Please be aware that Academic IELTS exams are different to IELTS for UKVI exams. Both follow the same grading scale, however Academic IELTS is not a SELT, while IELTS for UKVI is. This means that Academic IELTS cannot be used to obtain a Tier 4 visa to attend a full-time English course, however Academic IELTS can still be used to obtain a Tier 4 visa for degree courses at the University.

For more information, please see our guidance on the UK government’s English language requirements and the University’s application of this policy:

Secure English Language Tests

* The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
** The Cambridge English Scale applies to the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE)

CEFR* Component IELTS TOEFL iBT Pearson PTE Cambridge English Scale** USEPT
B1 Listening 4.0 9 36 142 40
Reading 4.0 4 36 142 40
Speaking 4.0 16 36 142 40
Writing 4.0 13 36 142 40
Total 4.0 42 36 142 40
Listening 4.5 12 41 147 45
Reading 4.5 9 41 147 45
Speaking 4.5 18 41 147 45
Writing 4.5 15 41 147 45
Total 4.5 54 41 147 45
Listening 5.0 15 46 154 50
Reading 5.0 14 46 154 50
Speaking 5.0 19 46 154 50
Writing 5.0 16 46 154 50
Total 5.0 63 46 154 50
B2 Listening 5.5 17 51 162 55
Reading 5.5 18 51 162 55
Speaking 5.5 20 51 162 55
Writing 5.5 17 51 162 55
Total 5.5 72 51 162 55
Listening 6.0 19 56 169 60
Reading 6.0 20 56 169 60
Speaking 6.0 22 56 169 60
Writing 6.0 19 56 169 60
Total 6.0 80 56 169 60
Listening 6.5 21 61 176 65
Reading 6.5 22 61 176 65
Speaking 6.5 23 61 176 65
Writing 6.5 22 61 176 65
Total 6.5 88 61 176 65
C1 Listening 7.0 22 67 185 70
Reading 7.0 24 67 185 70
Speaking 7.0 25 67 185 70
Writing 7.0 24 67 185 70
Total 7.0 95 67 185 70
Listening 7.5 24 72 191 75
Reading 7.5 26 72 191 75
Speaking 7.5 27 72 191 75
Writing 7.5 26 72 191 75
Total 7.5 103 72 191 75
Listening 8.0 26 76 200 80
Reading 8.0 28 76 200 80
Speaking 8.0 28 76 200 80
Writing 8.0 28 76 200 80
Total 8.0 110 76 200 80
C2 Listening 8.5 29 80 205 85
Reading 8.5 29 80 205 85
Speaking 8.5 29 80 205 85
Writing 8.5 30 80 205 85
Total 8.5 117 80 205 85