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Admission requirements
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Language requirements

English proficiency

You must submit evidence of proficiency in English as part of your application to study at UCT. These include any of the following:

  • for South African applicants, either:
    • a pass in English Home Language or First Additional Language if you hold the NSC, or
    • 40% In English on the Higher Grade (first or second language) if you hold the Senior Certificate
  • a recent TOEFL score (obtained within 3-5 years before application for admission) of at least
    • 570 for the paper-based test or
    • 230 for the computer-based test or
    • 88 for the Internet-based test
  • a recent overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0
  • a score of 65% or more for the Academic Literacy component of the NBT.
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