English Proficiency Test

English Proficiency Test is mandatory for all the foreign nationals/ OCI/ PIO applicants of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) where English is used as the medium of communication and instruction.

IELTS Examinations

Student can also opt for IELTS (International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which is organized by the British Council. The student should appear for the Academic version of the IELTS test. The minimum score required is 6 out of 9.

You can register for IELTS through the IELTS website.

It is a MCQ test (except for part-IV) of 150 marks divided into four parts. The duration of the test is 3 hours. It is available in PB (paper-based) mode.

(IELA) International English Language Assessment Test

International English Language Assessment (IELA) Test is conducted in Pune by English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS) which measures students’ ability to communicate in English across the language skills of vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing. The minimum score required is band 4 out of 6.

The test is based on general English. It is not necessary for the candidates to study any particular text-books or reference books. You can register for IELA while applying online through the SCIE website.


IELA Examinations

The new vocabulary sections deals with important aspects of word acquisition. It tests the students’ knowledge of word families, collocation, homonyms and homophones, etc. The types of questions in the new format are:

Match the words with their definitions
Homonyms and confusing words
Find the odd one out focusing on meaning
Word building, prefixes and suffixes
Select the correct meaning of the idioms

The new pattern focuses on the correct use of grammatical structures to convey the intended meaning. Functional grammar and structures have been included. The paper includes questions that test a variety of grammar skills. The types of questions used are:

Fill in the blanks – tenses, modals, prepositions
Select the correct sentence – parts of speech and word order
Find the grammatical error – subject-verb agreement and tenses
Sentence completion – clauses and sentence structure
Match the two halves of sentences – conjunctions, main and subordinate clauses

The new pattern includes two passages based on realia and topics of general interest. The focus is on the sub-skills of reading like skimming, scanning, reading for gist or specific information, etc. The types of questions used are:

Fill in the blanks to complete sentences
Select the correct main idea
True / false / not given
Match sentence beginnings and endings
Short answer questions
Summary completing exercises

The new writing sections tests the business writing capabilities of the students as well as their ability to handle a longer written discourse. The skills tested range from the ability to describe graphs or charts, writing a formal letter and writing a short essay. The questions are as follows:

Describe the chart, graph or table in detail so as to bring out the main features.
Write a formal letter about the situation given. Include all the points mentioned.
Changes in marks

Total marks: 100

Section Marks
Vocabulary 25
Grammar 25
Reading 25
Writing 25
Changes in bands and grades

Total marks: 100

Marks Range Band
0 – 15 1
16 – 30 2
31 – 45 3
46 – 60 4
61 – 80 5
81 – 100 6

Passing Band: 4