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?

  •  UK - Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus
  • Overseas – We are currently arranging test dates in China and other countries. Please contact elts@swansea.ac.uk to find out if we have a test near you

 

WHAT DATES ARE THE SWELT TESTS?

Swansea University:

  • 23rd March 2018
  • 8th June 2018
  • 17th August 2018
  • 14th September 2018
  • 7th December 2018

Overseas

  • We are currently arranging test dates in China and other countries.
  • Email us for more information or to find out if we have a test near you. 

HOW MUCH IS THE SWELT TEST?

£100*

*Payable before the test

 

HOW DO I BOOK A SWELT TEST?

To book a SWELT exam at Swansea University, please register using the link below.

SWELT Register Button

 

 

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 both steps.

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 minutes

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*

SUMMER PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES

6

Undergraduate degree schemes*

Admission to:

SUMMER PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES

5.5

Admission to:

SUMMER PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES

ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES

THE COLLEGE, SWANSEA UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION COURSE

(see The College, Swansea University for entry dates)

5.0

Admission to:

SUMMER PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES

4.5

Admission to:

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES

4.0 

Admission to:

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES

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