Regent’s offers an online English proficiency test that is free of charge and open to all conditional offer holders* who would like to use it as proof of their English language level for admissions purposes. This is called the Regent’s English Proficiency Test and consists of the following:
- Stage 1 – a speaking test online via Zoom with a Regent’s staff member
- Stage 2 – listening, reading and writing online (LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator Written)
Stage 1 - Speaking (11-14 minutes)
Your speaking test will be conducted by a Regent’s staff member via Zoom. It will consist of three parts:
Part 1: The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself, what you are planning to study at Regent’s and why, and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.
Part 2: You will be asked to talk about a particular topic. You will have 1 minute to prepare before speaking for up to 2 minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test.
Part 3: You will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.
Stage 2 - Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours and 40 minutes)
Once you have taken your speaking test and achieved a score of at least 5.5 you will be given an access code to register for LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator Written exam. This exam consists of listening, reading and writing.
Listening (30 minutes)
Part 1: 7 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options).
Task: Listen twice to 7 unfinished conversations between 2 speakers. 1 conversation is formal.
Part 2: 6 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options).
Task: Listen twice to 3 conversations each consisting of 2 speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, roles, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions. Choose the appropriate response to complete or continue each question.
Part 3: 7 questions (write notes on the message pad based on information in the recording).
Task: Listen twice to a radio broadcast, narrative, presentation, etc to identify specific information. Jot down answers of 1 to 5 words.
Part 4: 6 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options).
Task: Listen twice to a discussion to identify gist, examples, fact, opinion, contrast, purpose, key ideas, attitude, cause and effect. Choose the appropriate response for each question.
Part 1: 6 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options).
Task: 1 long text: news story, article, review or proposal.
Choose the appropriate response for each question.
Part 2: 6 multiple choice options to fill in an incomplete text (1 is a distractor).
Task: A text with 6 sentences removed, e.g. topic sentence, summarising sentence, developing idea, emphasising a point, opinion, contrast, sequence, forward and back reference, transition to new idea.
Choose the appropriate sentence for each gap in the text.
Part 3: 7 questions (4 texts provide the answers to each question).
Task: Read the 4 short texts, e.g. email, article, advert etc. and choose which text answers which question.
Part 4: 7 questions (requiring short answers of up to 5 words).
Task: A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, biographical, instructive.
Part 1: 100 - 150 words (produce a formal response for an intended public audience).
Task: Respond appropriately to the intended reader using a clearly defined number of content points.
Part 2: 150 - 200 words (produce a personal letter, a narrative composition/ story or a descriptive composition).
Task: Produce an informal piece of writing for a specified reader on a general subject that does not require specialist knowledge but addresses a clearly defined number of content points.
- You will be taking the test online from home – please do not travel to Regent's campus
- You need to have a good internet connection and a laptop or a PC – you cannot take the test on your phone or iPad
- You will be asked to show your passport or ID card at the start of the test – please make sure you have it ready
- Specific instructions will be emailed to you once you have registered for the exam.
Your results will be sent directly to Regent's University London Admissions who will contact you about your offer.
In order to prepare for the test:
Stage 1 – Speaking – use IELTS speaking practice materials and past papers.
Stage 2 – Listening, Reading and Writing – use LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator Written exam materials and past papers, available here.
You can also book an English language course at Regent’s through the English Language Centre.
The exam is available on a number of dates. Please book Stage 1 – Speaking online using the button below.
*The test is presently unavailable to students based in India, Pakistan and Iran. This is due to current issues regarding the security of the test and its results we have experienced in those regions. We would therefore require a secure English Language test, such as IELTS for UKVI or Pearson PTE for UKVI if you are applying from within these jurisdictions and do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course/program. We review the situation at various points throughout the academic year and this position may change.