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FAQ: What IELTS score do I need for a Master's degree in Oxford?

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FAQ: What IELTS score do I need for a Master's degree in Oxford?

Oxford is an elite higher education institution, which seeks to enroll the best students from around the world.

To enter Oxford in the magistracy, you must provide the following documents:

  • Availability of a diploma of the first higher education with a high GPA
  • English test that confirms language proficiency (IELTS)
  • 1-2 essays
  • Ready-made portfolio
  • Bank certificate of availability of funds for living in the country.


For admission, a very important selection criterion is precisely the test of knowledge of English. Universities define two levels of language proficiency: standard and high. Each faculty independently determines what level is necessary for admission to them, but almost all programs require a high level of knowledge of English.

The standard level starts from 7.0 and the high level starts from 7.5. As a result, you are guaranteed to score 7.0, but you should strive for 7.5.

What is IELTS?

IELTS is an exam in English that determines the level of language proficiency. Basically, the exam is taken for admission to universities abroad, work in the international market or in another country, emigration.

The certificate is valid for 2 years, after this period the level of language proficiency will again have to be confirmed. The duration of the IELTS exam is 2 hours 45 minutes

When registering for the exam, you need to choose between its two types:

  1. Academic. Suitable for those who are going to study or work in their specialty. Quite a complex view: the exam is asked to describe the tables, explain the graphs or fragments of maps.
  2. Basic. Suitable only for those who are going to move to another country or get a visa. The topics of this type of exam are usually simpler.

How to pass IELTS for a high score? What should I do?

  1. Find a tutor
  2. Collect a list of materials for listening
  3. Pass textbooks: IELTS Masterclass Student's Book by Simon Haines, Teacher's Book by Andrew Juraschek, Barron's IELTS textbook
  4. Sign up for a conversational English club
  5. Read aloud in English
  6. Do grammar exercises
  7. Learn the structure of an essay.
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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