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BrunELT (Brunel English Language Test)


The Brunel English Language Test has been developed by Brunel Language Centre to evaluate English Language ability. The test is well established and is available for Brunel applicants, current Language Centre students and external candidates.

The BrunELT provides an excellent opportunity for those who need to provide evidence of English Language ability in order to join a course at Brunel University London or LBIC (London Brunel International College). The test can also help to establish if you require any additional English Language teaching before your academic studies. 

The test is held at the Brunel campus throughout the year and on certain dates

Who should take the BrunELT?

The BrunELT is suitable for you if you: 

  • Hold a conditional offer for a place at Brunel University but do not have the required IELTS score
  • Hold an IELTS score but have not yet reached the required English entry level for your academic course
  • Are currently studying a pathway course with LBIC and are yet to meet the English Language Requirement for your follow-on course at Brunel
  • Are currently abroad and intend to study at Brunel University or LBIC (for further details about BrunELT in your country please select the Overseas Testing tab above) 

The BrunELT 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 four possible 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 a live 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

 Preparing for your Test

The best way to prepare for the BrunELT is to read a quality newspaper, magazine or journal and listen to BBC news in English. You should try and work on increasing your vocabulary and noticing how the language is used. The internet also provides a great source for helping you to improve your English skills e.g. Ted Talks and British Council - Learn English.

Sample Questions



The BrunELT is typically run on a Friday and candidates must provide payment online, no later than 5pm on the Tuesday before the test. If you do not pay by this time, your place may be allocated to somebody else.

 How to pay for the BrunELT?

The BrunELT costs £130. You can now pay online at the time of booking. Please see instructions on the online booking form on how to do this.

Alternatively, if you wish to pay in person you can do so in cash. Please visit the Russell Building to collect a payment slip. Cash payment can then be made in the Cash Office in the Bannerman Centre. 



You will receive your results 1 week after you have taken the test. Your results will be sent to the email address you provided in the online application (please note that, unfortunately, 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 LBIC) 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 opportunity to attend the 4-week Pre-sessional course to further develop your English skills before you start your academic course.

Fallen Below 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).

 If you wish to receive a physical certificate with your results, you need to request this in writing via email to languagecentre@brunel.ac.uk. Please allow 5 - 10 days before collection. 

 BrunELT Score Scale and approximate IELTS Equivalency

 BrunELT ScoreIELTS Score 
45-49 4.5
50-54 5.0
55-59 5.5
60-64 6.0
65-69 6.5
70-74 7.0
75-79 7.5
80-84 8.0


Frequently Asked Questions

How often do tests take place

Test takes place fortnightly from April - September and monthly 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. Please bring your payment receipt (either email or printed). You will also need to bring your own pens. Please note you will not be allowed to use a dictionary in the test.

Can I take the test more than once?

Students are permitted to undertake the BrunELT examination once every 2 months.

Can someone else collect the results for me?

Unfortunately, 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 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 Brunel Language Centre office by email at languagecentre@brunel.ac.uk.

As well as testing on the Brunel campus, we also offer you the opportunity to take the BrunELT in selected countries. In previous years we have run tests in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, South Korea,Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.

Upcoming Tests

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Test Structure

The format of the BrunELT Travel Test differs slightly to the structure of the test we offer on Brunel campus. As part of this test we also include a section on grammar, alongside testing your listening, reading,speaking and writing skills.



Multiple choice test where you will need to choose one out of 4-5 options of words which would make a sentence grammatically correct.

Time allowed 45 minutes



A written text, where you have to demonstrate your understanding by answering comprehension, vocabulary and reference questions.

Time allowed 30 minutes


An audio lecture, where you have to demonstrate your understanding by filling in gaps in text with words and/or numbers and answering comprehension questions as you listen.

Time allowed 20 minutes


You will be given a choice of two essay titles, from which you need to choose one to write approximately 300-700 words on the subject area.

Time allowed 45 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. This will be recorded.

Time allowed 5-6 minutes


Sample Questions