English Language Requirement


English Language is compulsory for admission to all programmes.  The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI, Mona Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes.

Applicants’ test results will be taken into consideration by individual faculties before offers of entry are made. The results of applicants who pass the test will remain valid for a period of five (5) years. Results will NOT be issued until the UWI Mona admissions process is complete.

The following categories of applicants are also required to sit the ELPT:

  • Persons in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Belize and Cayman who are applying to pursue Level I of the BSc. degreeeither through the Open Campus or at the Management Institute of National Development (MIND).
  • UWI Challenge/Community College students applying to Level I campus-based UWI programmes.
  • Persons applying to enter Level 2 of the BSc. degree in Hotel and Tourism Management in the Bahamas proceeding from a regional Tertiary Level Institution.

For information on test registration procedures and test format, kindly contact the Admissions Section of the Registry on the Mona Campus.

 Applicants in the categories (a-g) below are NOT required to sit the test:

(a)  Persons with any ONE of the following English Language qualifications:

  • Grade 1-CXC/CSEC English A examination
  • Grade A-GCE O’Level English Language examination
  • Grade A-GCE A/O’Level General Paper examination
  • Grades 1 & 2-CAPE Communication Studies
  • Grade B+ or above-College English Skills I or II-College of Bahamas
    • Grade B+ or above-Advanced Communication or Business Communication-University of Technology
    • Grade B+ or above-Freshman Composition I or II - Northern Caribbean University
    • Grade B or above-college English course from an approved university.

(b)  Persons who are already holders of an undergraduate degree from the UWI or from an approved university.

(c)  Persons holding a UWI Certificate in Advanced Nursing Education and Administration or a UWI Licentiate of Theology.

(d)  Persons holding a UWI Diploma in Media and Communications who have passed the course COMM5201-Media and Language.

(e)  Persons who passed the UWI Mona ELPT in 2007 onward.

(f)  Persons who successfully completed any of the following UWI English Language courses within the last five years (i.e. 2007 onwards): UC010; UC10A; UC10B; UC10C; UC10D; UC10L; UC10H; UC120; FOUN1001; FOUN1002; COMS1001; COMS1002; FOUN1003; FOUN1008.

(g)  Nationals of non-contributing Caribbean Territories and the Turks and Caicos Islands. These persons are required to sit a diagnostic test at Mona upon acceptance to the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. UWI contributing countries: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago.