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I recently took the IELTS general test for immigration related purposes. Would this satisfy INSEAD (and other schools in Europe)'s language requirement or should I take an academic test?

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New post 08 Aug 2017, 10:52
NO it would not suffice.
The difficulty of the writing and reading sections of both the formats of the test is very vast.For the general test it is easy,whereas for academic it is on the tougher side.
It is clearly mentioned that general IELTS is only for immigration of low skilled workers.
On the other hand the academic IELTS is used exclusively for education purposes (like applying for business schools)
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rhine29388 wrote:
NO it would not suffice.
The difficulty of the writing and reading sections of both the formats of the test is very vast.For the general test it is easy,whereas for academic it is on the tougher side.
It is clearly mentioned that general IELTS is only for immigration of low skilled workers.
On the other hand the academic IELTS is used exclusively for education purposes (like applying for business schools)


Thanks for the response.

To provide a little more context: I scored 8.5/9.0 in my IELTS general test. I also have a TOEFL (taken in 2011 - score 114/120) and a Masters degree from the United States, and worked in the US for three years after my MS graduation (from 2014-2017). I will also be taking the DELF French certification exam for A2 level certification (required as an exit language requirement from INSEAD).

Would it still be required to retake a TOEFL / take the IELTS academic test?
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rhine29388 wrote:
NO it would not suffice.
The difficulty of the writing and reading sections of both the formats of the test is very vast.For the general test it is easy,whereas for academic it is on the tougher side.
It is clearly mentioned that general IELTS is only for immigration of low skilled workers.
On the other hand the academic IELTS is used exclusively for education purposes (like applying for business schools)


Thanks for the response.

To provide a little more context: I scored 8.5/9.0 in my IELTS general test. I also have a TOEFL (taken in 2011 - score 114/120) and a Masters degree from the United States, and worked in the US for three years after my MS graduation (from 2014-2017). I will also be taking the DELF French certification exam for A2 level certification (required as an exit language requirement from INSEAD).

Would it still be required to retake a TOEFL / take the IELTS academic test?


You should qualify for a waiver. Read the instructions given on INSEAD's website:
You can also demonstrate fluency in English with a university degree (a minimum of one full-time academic year with a diploma received from that host university) where all courses were taught exclusively in English. (An exchange programme does not qualify.) If your university degree was exclusively taught in English but in a non-English speaking country, please make sure that your transcripts clearly mention the language of instruction is English to complete your application
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vidyuthanand90 wrote:
rhine29388 wrote:
NO it would not suffice.
The difficulty of the writing and reading sections of both the formats of the test is very vast.For the general test it is easy,whereas for academic it is on the tougher side.
It is clearly mentioned that general IELTS is only for immigration of low skilled workers.
On the other hand the academic IELTS is used exclusively for education purposes (like applying for business schools)


Thanks for the response.

To provide a little more context: I scored 8.5/9.0 in my IELTS general test. I also have a TOEFL (taken in 2011 - score 114/120) and a Masters degree from the United States, and worked in the US for three years after my MS graduation (from 2014-2017). I will also be taking the DELF French certification exam for A2 level certification (required as an exit language requirement from INSEAD).

Would it still be required to retake a TOEFL / take the IELTS academic test?


You should qualify for a waiver. Read the instructions given on INSEAD's website:
You can also demonstrate fluency in English with a university degree (a minimum of one full-time academic year with a diploma received from that host university) where all courses were taught exclusively in English. (An exchange programme does not qualify.) If your university degree was exclusively taught in English but in a non-English speaking country, please make sure that your transcripts clearly mention the language of instruction is English to complete your application


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New post 09 Aug 2017, 01:50
A masters degree from US should suffice a waiver for the IELTS.


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New post 09 Aug 2017, 05:31
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I agree with what mkrishnabdrr has said. Additionally, if you are from India you can do one of the below ( as applicable)

a) Response taken from another post in this site from a person from India who wrote to INSEAD about English language requirements and got the below response.

"If you have completed your university degree in India, you only need your transcript as proof as Admissions Team understands that English is the medium of instruction across all universities in India. Taking an English test is not necessary."

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b) I have spoken to a current student who said the CBSE 10th records where English is a graded subject was submitted and accepted by INSEAD as proof.

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c) If your undergraduate degree was in English, you can request for a medium of instruction certificate from your undergraduate university and submit the same to INSEAD.

If you still have any doubts, I would suggest you to directly contact the INSEAD admissions for your particular case before re-taking any English language tests.
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