It’s important that you take the time to be fully prepared for your QA Higher Education English Language Test, from knowing what to do before your test date, understanding our regulations, and making sure you understand the format of the test.

This page includes all the key resources to help you prepare.


  • English Language Testing Declaration Form – make sure you complete and return this to us before your test, including the Skype ID you will use on the day for your test
  • Skype guide – if you’ve not used Skype before on a desktop or laptop, our guide includes all the key information and links to help make sure you are up and running

Watch me

The below video walks you through each part of the test so you can see what to expect on the day.

Make sure you have the sound on.

You can also watch the video on Vimeo here.

After watching this video, if you would like to re-watch the specific parts of the test, you can do so below.

You can also watch the video on Vimeo here

You can also watch the video on Vimeo here

You can also watch the video on Vimeo here

You can also watch the video on Vimeo here

Things to remember

To be able to sit the test, you will need:

  • Access to a desktop computer/laptop (you cannot use a mobile phone or tablet)
  • A stable, high-quality internet connection
  • Skype installed
  • A working webcam that allows our assessor to see you clearly at all times
  • Good quality speakers and microphone (headset or inbuilt) so you can clearly communicate with our assessor

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