The Swansea English Language Test

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SWELT is the official English language test for international students wishing to study at Swansea University. The test is designed, administered, and marked by English Language Training Services staff and is accepted by Swansea University as an alternative to IELTS as part of your application for a CAS.

Swansea University is a Licenced Sponsor under Tier 4 of the Points Based Immigration System and therefore accepts SWELT as an alternative to IELTS for entry to degree and postgraduate programmes.

 

AM I SUITABLE FOR THE SWELT TEST?

SWELT is ideal if you:-

  • already know that you want to study at Swansea University and are looking for an alternative to IELTS as fulfilment of your English language entry requirement.
  • are interested in studying for a bachelor or postgraduate degree in the UK, are interested in studying at Swansea, one of the UK’s leading universities and would like an alternative to IELTS*.

* Please note, SWELT can only be used for entry to Swansea University

 

WHERE DO THE SWELT TESTS TAKE PLACE?

  •  The SWELT test can be taken at Swansea University Singleton Park campus or in your country.  Please contact elts@swansea.ac.uk for more information. 

 

WHAT DATES ARE THE SWELT TESTS?

  • We are currently arranging test dates in China and other countries. You can email us for more information. 

 

HOW MUCH IS THE SWELT TEST?

£100

 

HOW DO I BOOK A SWELT TEST?

To book a SWELT exam, please complete the following steps

STEP 1: Register your interest in a test here*

STEP 2: We will contact you with test availability**

STEP 3: Confirm your place on the test by replying to the previous e-mail

STEP 4: Pay the test fee of £100 via the PayPal link below

 

If you do not have a PayPal account, please select “guest checkout” for card payment

 

You must confirm your place and make payment in full before sitting the test. You may be refused entry to the test if you have not completed steps 1 to 4.

If you have any questions, please contact elts@swansea.ac.uk

Please see our SWELT Online Booking Terms and Conditions for full details. 

 

*Please note we cannot accept registrations for a SWELT exam made later than two full working days before the exam date. For example, if your test is on a Monday, please ensure you have completed your online registration, received confirmation of a place, and paid in full no later than 5pm on the previous Wednesday. 

** If you do not receive an email within one week of registering, please contact elts@swansea.ac.uk.

 

SECURITY

As SWELT is used as part of your visa application process, our testing arrangements are very secure.  

Full details will be sent once we have received your payment. 

 

FORMAT OF THE SWELT TEST
 
The SWELT consists of the following papers:

  • READING : 1 hour
  • WRITING : 1 hour
  • GRAMMAR AND ACADEMIC VOCABULARY : 40 Minutes
  • LISTENING: 45 minutes
  • SPEAKING: 15 mins (Tier 4 Visa test takers only)

All components are normally taken at a single session, on the same day. Please allow a full working day to sit the test.

Each component is scored in a banding system, equivalent to the IELTS banding, and an overall band is obtained by averaging performance across the four components.

 

SWELT scores and Swansea University entry requirements

The table below shows which SWELT scores are normally required for entry to various Swansea University courses. Students should check with individual departments for specific courses, whose requirements may vary. 

 

Band

Course

7

Linguistically demanding courses*

Most PhDs*

6.5

Most masters degree schemes*

10 WEEK PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE (July entry)

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES (October, January & April entry)

6

Undergraduate degree schemes*

Admission to:

6 WEEK PRESESSIONAL COURSE (August entry)

10 WEEK PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE (July entry)

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES (October, January & April entry)

5.5

Admission to:

10 WEEK PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE (July entry)

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES (October, January & April entry)

ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES (October, January & April entry)

ICWS FOUNDATION COURSE (see ICWS for entry dates)

5.0

Admission to:

12 WEEK PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE (desired exit level 6.0 only) (June entry)

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES (October, January & April entry)

4.5

Admission to:

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES (October, January & April entry)

SUMMER INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC SKILLS (IAS) (July entry)

4.0 

Admission to:

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES (October, January & April entry)

SUMMER INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC SKILLS (IAS) (July entry)

*Please note this is an approximate guide only. Language requirements are set by academic departments NOT English Language Training Services and may, therefore, vary.