The Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE)

The International Academy has developed a secure online WEPE examination which enables students to sit the exam from their home location, giving greater access to all students who wish to apply for courses at the University of Wolverhampton.

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

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 most undergraduate degree courses, with the exception of some professional related courses that require a Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) check, such as Nursing, Midwifery, some Pharmacy courses, Social Work, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Teaching or Graduate Employment Based Route leading to Early Years Teacher Status. (Please check individual course and professional body requirements as some courses have higher English language requirements). 

The WEPE examination is also suitable for entry for some postgraduate courses that require an equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each area (unless otherwise stated), at the University of Wolverhampton, with the exception of some professional related courses that require a Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) check, such as Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Teaching or Graduate Employment Based Route leading to Early Years Teacher Status. (Please check individual course and professional body requirements as some courses have higher English language requirements). 

FAQ

The Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE)

To enable students to take the test successfully, the requirements are:

  • A laptop/PC:
    • running Windows 8/10 or MacOS 10.12 or higher;
    • with at least 2GB of memory;
    • latest version of Google Chrome;
    • access to install software on the laptop;
    • 1024x768 or 1280x720 minimum resolution;
    • 200 MB of free disk space;
    • a broadband internet connection with a minimum of 2Mbps upload and download speeds;
    • webcam, headphones and a microphone;
    • a mobile telephone.

Students will need to agree to the following terms and conditions when they complete the Estore WEPE registration form:

  • read the University of Wolverhampton's privacy statement
  • complete the estore registration form with your details'
  • agree to make payment no less than 24 hours before the examination date is due to take place'
  • if you cancel your examination within 24 hours of the examination date you will not be able to request a refund.

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

If you fail to reach IELTS 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any element in the WEPE examination, you may still be able to progress to most undergraduate degree courses at the University of Wolverhampton by taking one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Skills courses, with the exception of some professional related courses that require a PSRB check.  (Please check individual course entry and professional body requirements, as some courses have higher English language requirements).

Entry points for our undergraduate 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. 

The Pre-sessional English and Academic Skills courses that have an exit level of 6.5 are also suitable for entry for some postgraduate courses that require an equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each area (unless otherwise stated), at the University of Wolverhampton, with the exception of some professional related courses that require a PSRB check. (Please check individual course and professional body requirements as some courses have higher English language requirements). 

To register for the WEPE examination and find out further information, please email ia@wlv.ac.uk 

The online WEPE cost is £75.00 and is payable through an estore link which will be sent out to applicants once they have registered.

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

The University of Wolverhampton is also accepting the following English language entry examinations.

You may also find our other course offerings of interest which include the International Foundation Year with integrated degree options, the MA TESOL and all of our short courses which include the International Academy Summer and Winter Schools.

We also provide a GCSE English Equivalency language course for home applicants who do not currently hold GCSE English language and who are looking to enrol on a course and study at the University of Wolverhampton.

English language support for both undergraduate and postgraduate students is also available for all students (international and home) whose first language is not English.

If you would like to contact us, please email ia@wlv.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1902 322 525

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