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Evidence of proficiency in English Language

It is required that international pharmacy graduates who obtained their pharmacy degree (part or entire programme) outside of UK, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand must show evidence of proficiency in English Language at the point of application for pre registration training unless they are registered as a pharmacist in USA, UK (except EEA pharmacists registered via the treaty agreement), Australia, Canada or New Zealand. This will take effect from 1 September 2014.

The recognized English Proficiency examinations are:

  1. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Format only.

  2. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    1. Only Internet-based test (iBT) measures skills in all 4 components i.e. reading, listening, speaking and writing.

    2. Paper-based test (PBT) measures skills in reading and listening. Writing skills are measured with the TWE® (Test of Written English TM) test, which must also be taken. An optional TSE® (Test of Spoken English TM) must be done to assess the speaking skills.

    3. Computer-based test (CBT) measures skills in listening, structure/writing and reading. Speaking skills must be done via the additional TSE® (Test of Spoken English TM).

  3. OET (Occupational English Test)

Minimum Score
Academic format
Speaking 7
Writing 7
Reading 7
Listening 7
Overall Band Score (All Components) 7
iBT Speaking Good (26-30)
Writing Good (24-30)
Reading High (22-30)
Listening High (22-30)
Total Score (All Components) 94
TSE 50
Total Score (All Components) 587
CBT Writing -
TSE 50
Total Score (All Components) 240

Speaking B (350*)
Writing B (350*)
Reading B (350*)
Listening B (350*)

*starting from 9 September 2018
Note: IELTS, OET or TOEFL pass scores must be obtained at one sitting and not more than 2 years prior to the date of application for pre-registration training.