Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE)

International Academy student with booksThe Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE) is used to decide if your level of English is good enough to begin a full-time degree course at this university.




You will be examined in four areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

You will receive a global score (average score of the four areas), and if this is the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or above you will be able to progress to your chosen degree.

Please note the next WEPE dates held at Telford Innovation Campus for 2018 will be:

  • 03 May
  • 13 June
  • 12 July
  • 08 August
  • 13 September

To book a place please email ia@wlv.ac.uk

 (Please note the WEPE test days may be subject to change, so please check when you book).

The examination cost is £60.00 payable through the online store by debit/credit card and will be held at Telford Innovation Campus, Priorslee Hall  or by pre-arrangment with out overseas partners.  You must also bring your passport along you.

Entry points for our courses depend on your English language level:

  • If you have IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent), you must do at least one pre-sessional course
  • If you have IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent), you must do two pre-sessional courses.

You are strongly advised to do some English language study preparation before the course begins, especially if you are entering the course at IELTS 5.0. 

If you fail to reach IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) in the exam, you may still be able to progress to your degree by taking one of our Pre-sessional English language courses. 

Please note that you will not normally be able to take the WEPE test again within two months of your previous test date.

To find out more and book a place please email ia@wlv.ac.uk, or telephone +44 (0) 1902 322525


You may also find our other course offerings of interest, all of which help prepare students for degree level study and are accredited by the British Council  (PDF 281K, Downloads file) for the quality of English language provision.

In particular the  Extended International Foundation Year is a new offering which allows students entry to the Extended International Foundation Year with IELTS 4.5 overall, with no less than a 4 in any component or equivalent (CEF B1) or IELTS 5.0 overall, with no less than a 4 in any component or equivalent (CEF B1).  Applicants will also need to show evidence of UKVI IELTS at the required level as part of the offer conditions and visa application. Students can complete this IFY programme on a single CAS, undertaking specialist English language skills training as well as the modules available on the current International Foundation Year.

This course provides students who otherwise would not have been able to start the IFY course with a viable route onto a degree programme, subject to professional body requirements, at the University of Wolverhampton.