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Language requirements

English proficiency is a requirement for study at UCT.

As part of your application to study at UCT, you must submit one of the following:

  • for South African applicants, either:
    • a pass in English Home Language or First Additional Language if you hold the National Senior Certicate (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 of your 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.

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
    • 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.

Full information is available in the UCT undergraduate prospectus.

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