General Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general entrance (matriculation) requirements of the university which are outlined below. If you need to discuss your own qualifications please contact the admissions section.

Minimum Age Requirements:

There is no minimum age requirement for entry to undergraduate programmes at the university, except for applicants to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.BS) who must be at least 18 years old and for the BSc. Nursing (Pre-Registration) who must be at least 17 years old.

Applicants are required to satisfy the relevant university minimum entrance requirements for matriculation, either at normal or lower level, before being considered for admission to degree or other programmes.

Faculty Requirements:

In addition, for admission to some degree programmes applicants are required to have qualifications in some specific subjects. These are referred to as faculty requirements and are stated in the relevant faculty regulations.

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English Language Requirements

All applicants to undergraduate degree programmes at The University of the West Indies must possess  English Language qualification.

If your first language is not English, you are required to furnish satisfactory evidence that your competency in English is adequate.

The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) – A mark of 500 on the paper-based test (82* internet-based) in the TOEFL test for foreign students will be accepted as equivalent to, and in place of, an acceptable CSEC (CXC) pass in English (A) From applicants whose native language is not English.

TOEFL Computer-Based Breakdown –
A minimum writing score of                    22
A minimum reading score of                  20
A minimum listening score of                 20
A minimum speaking score of                20


A certificate showing a minimum total score of 6.5 on the University of Cambridge IELTS (International English Language Testing System).


English Language Proficiency Test

All applicants to the University of the West Indies are required to take the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) except for persons with the following qualifications:

  • Grade 1 - CXC General Proficiency English A Examination
  • Grade A - Cambridge GCE O’Level English
  • Grade I or II In CAPE Communication Studies
  • Grade A or B - Cambridge GCE A/O Level General Paper (GP) Examination or Advanced Subsidiary (a) or (b) in General Paper (GP) Examination
  • TOEFL score of 580+ on the paper based
  • Grade B or Above in a college English course from an approved university.
  • UWI Open Campus-Language and Communication: Grade A or B.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An overall score of 103 (internet based) with scores of at least:
    • listening  score of         23
    • reading score of           24
    • writing score of            28
    • speaking score of         28
  • The Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT). An overall score of 500 and above in the Writing section.
  • Advanced Placement English Language Grade 3 and above.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Extended Essay grades A or B


The ELPT is usually held three times in the academic year:-

  • Mid February
  • Mid-August
  • Mid-October

For persons who did not write the test at the first sitting a second and final sitting is usually scheduled during the first week of semester. The results of applicants who pass the test will remain valid for a period of five (5) years.

To register to sit the ELPT test kindly contact:

Academic Literacies Programme
Ground Floor
Faculty of Humanities & Education
Main Campus
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone no. 1 (868) 662-2002 ext 83959