Brunel English Language Test (BrunELT)
The BrunELT provides you with an excellent opportunity if you would like to apply to Brunel and need to provide evidence of your English level. The BrunELT is an established test that has been developed by IPLC to evaluate your level of academic English. It is also helps to determine whether you are required to attend an English language course prior to your academic studies and is not suitable for entry to English Language programmes.
The BrunELT is held at Brunel University. It is both an integral part of all the IPLC programmes (you will take a BrunELT at the end of your IPLC course) and a stand-alone test. We also offer you the opportunity (March to May) to take the BrunELT in selected countries.
All tests are held at Brunel, on our campus in Uxbridge.
Who should take the BrunELT?
The BrunELT is suitable for you if you are:
- Holding a conditional offer for a place at Brunel University but do not have the required IELTS score,
- Holding an IELTS score but have not yet reached the required English entry level for your academic course. This test is not suitable for applying for a Pre-sessional course unless you are also holding an IELTS score 4.0, with a minimum of 4.0 in each sub section.
We run the BrunELT throughout the year (usually on a Friday) and it takes place at the Brunel campus in Uxbridge. The test costs £110.
The BrunELT is designed to evaluate your level of English. Please note this test is only suitable for students wanting to apply for direct entry to Brunel or for LBIC programmes. It is not suitable for entry onto English Language programmes.
The test comprises four sections:
You will be given a piece of text to read. You will be expected to show your understanding of this by answering a number of questions related to the text. The Reading Test is divided into four sections;
Part A: you are required to answer a range of question types, including True / False where you read a number of statements relating to the text and decide whether they are true or false, justifying your answers with evidence from the text; Multiple Choice questions in which you have to choose the correct answer from three or four different options; and open questions. The questions in Part A test your ability to scan a text for specific information and to show understanding of key concepts.
Part B: You have to match short paragraph summaries with a number of paragraphs in the text. You may, alternatively, be required to choose the best paragraph summary from a choice of two or more for specific paragraphs from the text. These questions test your ability to recognise global organisation of a text.
Part C: You are expected to match words and phrases in the question paper with synonyms (words with the same or similar meanings) in the text. You are directed to the paragraph in which each word or phrase is found. You may also have to choose the best synonym for a word in the text from a choice of fourpossible options. This part of the exam tests your understanding of vocabulary from the surrounding context.
Part D: You have to match referents, e.g. he, it, whose, etc. with the subject, person, idea, etc. which they refer to in the text. This part of the exam tests your ability to understand sentence level cohesion (how a text is organised and connected).
Time allowed 60 minutes
You will be given a number of essay titles, from which you need to choose one title and write approximately 300-700 words on the subject area.
Time allowed 60 minutes
You will be given a short interview with the examiner. You will be asked questions on subjects such as your hobbies, studies and your home country.
Time allowed 5-10 minutes
You will be required to listen to an academic lecture and show your understanding by answering a number of questions related to the lecture. The test is divided into three sections.
You will receive the question paper for Parts A and B before the lecture, and you will be given 10 minutes to read the questions and think about the kind of answers you are expected to give.
Part A: you will fill in gaps with numbers or words as you listen to the lecture. The questions in Part A test your ability to understand and note down discrete facts.
Part B: you are required to answer a range of question types. You may be expected to decide whether statements are true or false, sometimes justifying your answer. You may also have to answer open questions, multiple choice questions and questions about steps in a process. You need to answer all the questions in Part B while you listen to the lecture. In this section of the test, you need to demonstrate your understanding of key ideas and processes and your ability to select key information, while discarding irrelevant facts.
Part C: Once Part B is finished, the examiner will tell you to take notes for Part C in your question paper under the headings provided. A separate question paper for Part C will be given to you after the lecture and you will have 20 minutes to answer the questions for Part C, by using your notes, and to check your answers for Parts A and B. Part C tests your ability to take effective notes and your ability to interpret notes to answer further questions
Time allowed approximately 60 minutes
You will receive your results one week after you have taken the test. Your results will be sent to the email address you provided in the on-line application (we cannot give results out over the phone). Depending on your application status, we will inform you of one of the following:
Met entry requirements
If you have already applied to Brunel (or LIBT) and your BrunELT results meet the required level for your course, we will inform you of this and update your records to show you have met the English condition. If you have reached the required English level for your course, you still have the oppurtunity to attend the 3 week Pre-sessional course to further develop your English skills before you start your academic course.
Fallen below the entry requirements
If you have fallen slightly below the entry requirements for direct entry and you already hold IELTS with a minimum score of 4.0 with 4.0 in each sub section, you may be able to join one of our English courses. If this is not the case, we will advise you on how to proceed.
Not yet applied to Brunel
If you haven't yet applied for a course at Brunel we will send you details of available courses at Brunel and if you have met the English requirements for these courses (if you have not, we will advise on which English course would be suitable for your requirements).
As well as an email, you will also receive a certificate of your results. Please allow 5-10 days before collection (if you would like your certifcate to be posted to you please email firstname.lastname@example.org). The earliest you can retake a BrunELT is 2 months from the date of the last test
The BrunELT is usually run on a Friday and you must pay for the test no later than 5pm on the Wednesday before the test, in order to secure your place. If you do not pay by this deadline your place may go to someone else.
How to pay for the BrunELT
The BrunELT costs £110 per person. You can now pay online at the time of booking the BrunELT. Please see instructions on the online booking form on how to do this.
Alternatively, if you wish to pay in person you can pay by:
- Debit/credit card at 11.30am on the day of the test. You will need to visit our Finance Officer in the Russell Building.
- If you are paying by cash, please visit the Cash Office in the Bannerman Centre, in advance of the date of the test.
- Alternatively, you can make the payment over the phone by calling the IPLC Team on 01895 26 74 88 or the Cash Office on 01895 26 52 64.
If you plan to come in and pay in-person, please see our our campus directions to find your way to the designated places for payment of the BrunELT.
How to Apply
We run the BrunELT throughout the year (usually on a Friday) and it takes place at the Brunel campus in Uxbridge.
Who can take a Brunel English Language Test (BrunELT)?
- Holding a conditional offer for a place at Brunel University or LIBT but do not have the required IELTS score
- Holding an IELTS score, but have not yet reached the required English entry level for the academic course you have applied/applying for.
How often do tests take place?
Where does the test take place?
What do I need to bring to the test?
How can I pay for the test?
The BrunELT costs £110 per person. There are several payment options:
We hope to introduce online payment for BrunELTs in the near future.
When will I get my results?
What should I do once I receive my test results?
The results of your test will be emailed to you. Depending on your application status, we will inform you of one of the following;