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Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE)

The Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE) is used to decide if your level of English is good enough to begin most full-time degree courses at the University of Wolverhampton (see below for course exceptions).

How to apply to the IA


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 overall with no less than 5.5. in any element, you will be able to progress to your chosen degree, with the exception of some professional related courses such as Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Teaching or Graduate Employment Based Route leading to Early Years Teacher Status.


The next Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE) date will be held at Telford Innovation Campus on the:

  • 7th August 2019
  • 4th September 2019
  • 18th September 2019
  • 30th October 2019
  • 11th December 2019
  • 15th January 2020

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

To book a test place please Email:  or Telephone: +44 (0) 1902 322525

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

The examination cost is £75.00 payable through the online estore link by debit/credit card.  The test will be held at the International Academy at Telford Innovation Campus:

The University of Wolverhampton
International Academy
Priorslee Hall
Telford Innovation Campus
Shifnal Road

or by pre-arrangement with our overseas partners.  You must also bring your passport along with you for identification purposes.

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.

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 for the quality of English language provision.  British Council Certificate