Buckingham English Language Test (BELT) FAQs

Why do I need to take the BELT?

BELT is designed to assess your level of English language skills for University admission. It also helps the University understand if you meet all the language requirements set by UK immigration for a Tier 4 visa.

How is the BELT structured?

The test consists of 2 parts:

  • Reading and Writing skills in English and:
  • Speaking and Listening

The criteria used are measures of your ability to study in English at degree level and are comparable with other English language tests used in universities.

How much time will the BELT take to complete?

  • The Reading & Writing test takes 2 hours.
  • The Speaking & Listening test takes approximately 40 minutes.

When can I take the BELT?

You can choose when to take the tests, on any day at any time.

Can I take a break between completing the first part and starting the second?

Yes. In fact, we recommend that you do so.

How do I log in?

You will have received two separate links from your Admissions Officer, one for each part of the test. These links are unique to you and must not be shared with anyone else. The links last for seven days.

What should I do if I can’t complete the BELT within seven days?

If the unique links you have been sent expire, please contact your Admissions Officer to explain what has happened. They will be able to send you new links.

What technology do I need to have to take the BELT?

In order to take both parts of the test you need a laptop or desktop computer which connects to the internet, has a microphone, speakers and a camera. These must be activated throughout.

Is there a particular internet browser that I should use?

We recommend you use Google Chrome, although BELT will run on the latest version of most internet browsers.

Can I take BELT on a tablet or on my mobile phone?

No, not at present.

What should I do if I have to abandon the test or I experience connectivity issues during the test?

Please contact your Admissions Officer to explain what has happened.  They will then advise you how to proceed.

How do I know the test is secure?

For security purposes, in order to verify your identity, your camera will automatically be switched on randomly throughout the tests and the images validated against your ID documents. Starting the test will be taken as your agreement to allow these images to be gathered for this purpose only.

How and when will I get my results?

Your Admissions Officer will contact you by email with your results within 10 working days from completion of both parts of the BELT.

Further advice

  • Prior to starting the BELT, please ensure you are situated in a quiet environment with minimal distractions.
  • When you log-in, read all the instructions carefully before pressing the ‘Start Test’ button.

If you have any questions in advance of taking the BELT, or afterwards, please contact your Admissions Officer. Good luck.