Brunel English Language Test (BrunELT)

Overview

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.

See available dates and book online

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.

Find out what the test includes and view some frequently asked questions

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.

Test Structure

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:

reading
Reading

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

Writing
Writing

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

speaking
Speaking

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

listening
Listening

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

Results

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 iplc@brunel.ac.uk).  The earliest you can retake a BrunELT is 2 months from the date of the last test

Payment

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. 

See available dates and book online

 

BrunELT

 

FAQs

Who can take a Brunel English Language Test (BrunELT)?

You can apply to take a BrunELT test if you are:
  • 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?

Test takes place weekly from April - September and fortnightly from September - April. You can see upcoming dates on the booking form.

Where does the test take place?

The test takes place on our Uxbridge campus, which is easily accessible by various modes of transport. Please see our campus directions for help on how to get to Brunel.

What do I need to bring to the test?

You must bring some formal identification that includes a photograph of yourself, e.g. a passport or driving licence. We will not be able to give you your results unless we have seen some formal ID. You will also need to bring your own pens. Please note you will not be allowed to use a dictionary in the test.

How can I pay for the test?

The BrunELT costs £110 per person. There are several payment options:

  • If you would like to pay by debit/credit card in person, please visit the Finance Office in the Russell Building.
  • If you would like to pay in cash, please visit the Cash Office in the Bannerman Centre. (Check summer opening times by calling 01895 265264)
  • If you plan to come in and pay in person please see the directions to campus to find your way to the designated places for payment. Please note, your place on the test is not secured until we have received your payment of £110. You should make your payment by 4pm on the Wednesday prior to your test date, at the latest. If we do not receive your payment by this time, you place on the test may be given to someone else.

    We hope to introduce online payment for BrunELTs in the near future. 

    When will I get my results?

    We aim to release the results one week after the test date. The results will be sent to the email address that you provided when you applied for the test. Please note we are unable to give the results out over the phone.

    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;

  • 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 fallen slightly below the entry requirements, we will suggest which English language course you should attend to improve your academic English skills prior to your studies. In addition to your BrunELT, you will need to hold a valid UKBA secure English Language test for an English course.
  • If you haven't yet applied for a course at Brunel, we will send you details of available courses at Brunel (we will advise if it is likely that you need to attend an English course).
  • If you are applying to LIBT, or are a student from within the European Union, your results will be passed onto the relevant admissions department and they will contact you in due course.

    Will I receive a certificate?

    Yes, you can collect your certificate 5-10 working days after the test date. If you would like your certificate posted to you, please email iplc@brunel.ac.uk.

    If I don't pass, when can I retake the test?

    The earliest that you can retake a BrunELT test is 2 months after your last test date.

    Can my friend collect my results for me?

    Friends or family members cannot collect your results. We will only email the results to the email account originally provided when booking the test on-line.

    Can I receive my results before paying my test fee?

    We are unable to send out results without seeing your proof of payment first. If you are unable to pay prior to the test, you will need to do so as soon as possible. Once we have received proof of payment, we will release your results.

    Can I get a refund if I miss the test?

    We are unable to offer refunds. However you may rearrange your test for another date, or transfer the money towards any other university fee (for example accommodation/tuition fees).If you would like to take the test on another date please inform the IPLC office by email at iplc@brunel.ac.uk.

    Page last updated: Friday 27 January 2012