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English Proficiency Exams

University of Limerick Centre English Language Test

The University of Limerick Centre English Language Test consists of papers in Academic Listening (45 min), Academic Reading (1h 20 min), Academic Writing (1h 20 min) and Speaking (15 min).  It is generally possible to sit all papers and the speaking test on the same day.  A detailed timetable of the exam will be sent to students once we receive the completed application form and fee.

A student who achieves a University of Limerick Language Centre score on the test equivalent to that which meets the minimum English Language Requirements to enter their chosen degree programme at the University of Limerick, need not take another external English Language Test. The results of the University of Limerick Language Centre English Language Test will be accepted by the Admissions Office and the Graduate Admissions Office in the University of Limerick as proof of level of English.  The result can also be accepted as proof of level of English to enter a Preparation for University course at the University of Limerick Language Centre. 

Science, Engineering, Informatics or Electronic Programmes C2 6.5
Business, Arts, Humanities and Education Programmes C2 6.5


ULLC TEST DATES Last date to apply:
11 December 2019 04 December 2019
22 May 2020 15 May 2020
01 July 2020 24 June 2020
29 July 2020 22 July 2020
02 September 2020 26 August 2020
09 December 2020 02 December 2020

Results will be available within 2 weeks of sitting the exam.

Application forms should be returned to ULLC with a fee of €100.  This includes a €50 non refundable admin fee.

For details on how to pay see our terms and conditions of enrolment.

International English Language Testing System -

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System.  It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.  Close to 5,000 education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional organisations around the world recognise IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.  IELTS is one of the fastest growing English language learning tests in the world.  We offer IELTS preparation classes on demand or on a one-to-one basis.  Just contact us for more information.

Test of English for International Communication -
TOEIC was originally designed as a test for companies who wanted to assess the level of English of potential employees in a company.  It focuses on the two receptive skills, reading and listening.  The TOEIC test is a multiple choice style exam, which involves 200 questions in total.  The exam takes approximately 3 hours to complete including a compulsory registration procedure. Staff at the Language Centre can advise ULLC students on how best to study for TOEIC outside of class time.

Test of English as a Foreign Language -

TOEFL is a computer-based exam*, designed by Educational Testing Services in the USA.  The TOEFL test can be taken once a month in Dublin only.  Many North American colleges and universities, as well as a large number of institutions and agencies worldwide ask for an official TOEFL score for entry to a degree or diploma course.  As a result, most students who register to take the TOEFL test in Ireland wish to enroll on a degree programme at an English-speaking university.  An acceptable TOEFL score depends on the specific requirements of the particular institution or agency involved. There are still some countries which offer the paper-based test but these will change in the next few years. There is still a large number of students who have scores from the paper-based test.