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Exams to Study in Ireland- IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT and GRE Requirements

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To study in Ireland, international students must take some mandatory standardized tests to prove English Language Proficiency and fulfil other academic requirements. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, CAE: Advanced are some of the top English language proficiency exams.

International students who wish to study in Ireland must have valid score of the required tests. Test scores must not be less than two years.

English Language Tests- Requirements, IELTS, TOEFL

English language tests scores of the following exams are accepted at universities in Ireland at undergraduate and graduate level.

TestUG ScorePG Score
IELTS6.0- 6.56.5- 7.0
TOEFL-220 (Computer based), 550 (paper based)
PTE Academic3663
GCSE English Language (General Certification of Secondary Education)Grade CGrade C
GCE O-Level English Language (General Certificate of Education)Grade CGrade C
Cambridge ProficiencyGrade CGrade C
Cambridge AdvancedGrade CGrade C
ARELS (Association of English Language Schools) Oral ExamPassPass

English Language Exemptions to Study in Ireland

Students from one of the following countries are exempted from displaying proof of English language:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland (for citizenship only)
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

Those who hold the following are also exempted from proving English Language Proficiency:

  • UK degree
  • non-UK degree certified by NARIC to be equal to a UK degree

Academic Tests: Study in Ireland Requirements

Apart from English language tests, some other test scores are required to study in Ireland. For business and medical programs, scores of exams such as the following are required:



HPAT Assessment Test

  • minimum test score: 480 points
  • matriculation requirement of medical school


GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admission Test)

  • minimum score: 58
  • maximum score: 65


GMAT Score of minimum 550 is required to get admission to some B-schools in Ireland. GRE scores are not required to get admission in Ireland.


Q: Is GRE score required in Ireland?

A: No, GRE score is not required in Ireland, however, obtaining one may enhance chances of admission to Universities in Ireland.

Q: How many backlogs are allowed for MS in Ireland?

A: Maximum 5 backlogs are acceptable for MS in Ireland.

Q: Is OET accepted in Ireland?

A: Yes, Occupational Entrance Test is accepted in Ireland. Nursing and Midwifery board in Ireland require the prospective candidates to showcase English language proficiency through OET scores.

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