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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements to ELA

Admission to the ELA is processed through UBT’s Admission Office, as the ELA is the gateway to UBT. All applicants must follow UBT’s admission procedures. Kindly check the following link:

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Students who do not meet the English language proficiency requirements for admission to UBT are admitted automatically to the ELA.


Online admission steps:

  • Filling and submitting the admission application online.

  • Providing the following documents:

    • Original copy of High School Certificate (or General Secondary Education Certificate or its equivalent).
    • Good Conduct Certificate.
    • Copy of Saudi National ID card for Saudis, or Iqamas for non-Saudis
    • Copy of the result of the aptitude test.
    • 4 photos (4x6) with a scanned copy on a CD.
    • Medical report with the required medical tests.
    • Original copy of TOEFL or IELTS exams certificates.


  • Certificates from outside Saudi Arabia need to be original and authenticated by the proper authority in the issuing country.

  • Students are exempted from studying English at the ELA if they demonstrate their English language proficiency by obtaining:

  • A minimum score of 59 on the TOEFL iBT; or 5 on the IELTS (ACADEMIC).

  • Upon admission to UBT, students who have not taken, the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS, are required to take the Online Oxford Placement Test to determine their proper level.

Placement Tests

ELA utilizes a battery of standardized tests designed to measure students’ English language proficiency and academic English ability, to ensure accurate placement of students in its six-level English language program; and to determine whether their English is adequate for full-time study at UBT.
A test schedule is announced online (UBT Website) and the Admission Office, at the end of each session and during registration week. Each student is given a UBT ID which he/ she has to present at the ELA exam center on the placement test date, in addition to his/ her Saudi national ID, Passport, or Iqama.

ELA’s Placement Tests include:

  1. A Writing Test.
  2. A Speaking Test
  3. B. The Oxford University Placement Test:
    The Oxford Placement Test is an online computer adaptive test that measures applicants’ ability to communicate in English; as well as their grammar and vocabulary mastery. It tests either British or American English; and accurately measures candidates understanding of meaning in a conversation. It reports scores on a 0 to 9 scale which is aligned to the CEFR. Online demo
Oxford Online Placement Test Practice Test sites:

Students’ Attendance

Attendance is mandatory for all ELA courses. All instructors are obliged to use the Opera system for recording attendance. Students are expected to attend all their classes.
Students have a maximum absence limit of four times without a legitimate excuse during a session. Once a student is absent for a fifth time without a valid excuse, he/she will be considered an AF (Absent Fail) student.