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UNSW Global English Test

English Test Overview

The UNSW Global English Test (UGet) is designed for prospective students. The test assesses English language proficiency in order to determine eligibility for entry to UNSW programs and courses.


About the test

The test is somewhat similar to other English proficiency tests used for entry to Australian universities. Test takers should allow 4 hours for the whole testing process.


UGet consists of the following areas: 

Reading – 55 minutes

There are 3 reading sections, all with a general academic focus.

Grammar – 15 minutes

The grammar part contains 30 multiple-choice questions testing grammatical accuracy.

Listening – 45 minutes

The test has 3 listening sections. At the start of each section, test takers hear instructions saying what to do, and giving them time to read the questions. Test takers answer the questions as they listen. There is also time to check answers at the end of each section.

Writing – 45 minutes

Test takers are asked to write a short discussion essay of approximately 300 words in academic style.

Speaking – 10 minutes

The speaking part has 3 sections. Topics covered are general, rather than academic, in nature. Test takers can expect questions where they may be asked to share opinions on current topics and produce a monologue on a related topic.

What is required to take the test?

In order to undertake the UGet, test takers must have:

  • they will not be disturbed; 
  • a stable internet connection; 
  • a computer with a fully functional web camera, speakers or headphones and a microphone; 
  • a web browser that can download the Moodle learning management system ; 
  • the relevant video-conferencing application installed on their computer as specified by UNSW Global on the UGet website from time to time (such as Zoom).

How is the test be delivered?  

UGet Reading, Grammar, Listening and Writing sections are administered on UNSW’s learning platform (Moodle), with exam invigilation occurring via Zoom. The Speaking interview is administered and recorded live via Zoom.

Test takers should follow instructions on the screen when doing the test to move through the sections. They can move back and forward within a section but not between sections once they have completed that section.

If you have questions about the test, contact [email protected]

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