Proficiency Test in English for Academic Study (PTEAS)

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The University of Nottingham Proficiency Test in English for Academic Study (PTEAS) can be used to meet the outstanding English Language condition on your offer to a University of Nottingham degree programme.

You will be contacted by us directly if you are eligible to take the PTEAS test.

Who is eligible to take the PTEAS test?

To be eligible for the PTEAS test, students must:

  • have accepted their offer with the University of Nottingham, and
  • have an outstanding English language condition, and
  • have no other outstanding conditions - for example, a missing reference

Students with an outstanding academic condition are still eligible.

The test can be used:

  • for entry to courses at the University of Nottingham only
  • to show you have met your English language requirements for your academic course or pre-sessional course
  • for an online presessional course
  • for a joint presessional/academic offer (Joint offers are available during summer for 10 and 6 week pre-sessional courses only)

It cannot be used for a longer 20, 30 or 40-week presessional course with a student visa if you would like to study English in the UK in person.


What does the test involve?

This is an online test with four parts:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

The reading, writing, and listening tests take four hours in total to complete, including test instructions, ID checks and comfort breaks.

The speaking test will take 20 minutes to complete and is held at a different time to the reading, writing and listening test.

Please note that all written test responses will be checked for similarity to published sources, chatbots and other students' work using AI and plagiarism detection software. Any responses which are shown to be copied will result in an invalidated or reduced mark with no option to appeal.

What equipment do I need for the test?

To do the test you must have:

  • a stable and fast internet connection
  • Microsoft Teams installed and working
  • an email address
  • a working computer connected to a webcam, microphone, and speaker

It is your responsibility to make sure that your equipment and connection works.

You cannot take the test on a mobile device.


How long is the test valid for?

You must use your test result as part of your application to the University of Nottingham for the coming academic year only.

How long will it take to receive the results?

You will receive your test results within 10 working days after the test.


For more information, please contact us:

PTEAS team


International Student Recruitment

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

+44 (0) 115 951 5247
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