English level B - Graduate programmes
The English language requirement must be fulfilled by the application deadline.
If you need to take a language test/exam, your scores must be available to CBS Admissions by the application deadline. To ensure that your test/exam scores are available to us on time, it is important that you sign up for a test/exam taking place well in advance before the deadline. You should expect 3-4 weeks from the test date until you can make the results available to CBS.
If you have already taken an IELTS or TOEFL, remember to check that your test is no older than two years by the application deadline.
Do I fulfil the English level B requirement?
English level B must be passed with minimum 3.0 on the Danish grading scale. If you have passed English at the B level with min 3.0 combined from an upper secondary school in Denmark (ie. stx, hhx, htx, hf), you fulfil this requirement. Otherwise, the English requirements are very strict, and only the qualifications listed below are accepted as alternative fulfilment.
If you fulfil English level A, then you also fulfil the English level B requirement.
The English requirements are very strict, and only the qualifications listed below are accepted as alternative fulfilment.
The following are not accepted alternatives:
- taking a bachelor degree taught in English (except for specific circumstances listed below)
- having a letter from your university
- having a letter from a professor
- documentation for an English test other than the specific ones listed below
Find information about how to document the language requirement
EU/EEA exams that fulfil the requirement
The qualifications listed in the table below fulfill the English B passed with min 3.0 requirement for applicants from certain EU/EEA countries and applicants with an International Baccalaureate. Remember to attach documentation from your upper secondary education with the number of hours and course content for courses that you think can fulfil the English B requirement.
|Finland||Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / Studentexamensbetyg||
|Sweden||Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan||
|Norway||Vitnemål Videregående Opplæring||
|International||International Baccalaureate (IB)||
|International||European Baccalaureate (EB)||
The following English tests/exams are accepted instead of English level B:
- IELTS (academic) test result of at least 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each discipline)
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) passed
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English) passed
- TOEFL iBT test result of at least 83 (minimum 20 in each discipline)
- TOEFL iBT Home Edition test result of at least 83 (minimum 20 in each discipline)
Deadlines for English tests/exams for graduate programmes:
The English language requirement must be fulfilled by the application deadline.
To ensure that your test/exam scores are available to us on time, it is important that you sign up for a test/exam taking place well in advance before the application deadline. You should expect 3-4 weeks from the test date until you can make the results available to CBS, as follows:
- If you take a TOEFL test: you must ask the TOEFL institution to make your scores available to CBS. Our institutional code is 7035. You may choose any of the available department codes.
- If you take an IELTS test: you must upload a copy of your score sheet and/or instruct the IELTS test center to make your scores available to CBS
- If you take a Cambridge exam: you must upload a copy of your diploma and Statement of Results as well as make your scores available to CBS through the Cambridge English Candidate Results Website.
General information on English tests/exams:
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language:
You can either take this test in Denmark or elsewhere in the world. See TOEFL for further information on the TOEFL test; for the TOEFL test offered in Copenhagen, see Studieskolen's website. CBS does not accept copies of test results: you are to ask for the result to be sent to CBS's Institutional Code (7035). CBS does not accept TOEFL MyBest scores. Please note that a TOEFL test that is more than two years old cannot be confirmed by TOEFL/ETS and therefore it cannot be used. Also, please note that TOEFL tests results sent to CBS from ETS are the property of CBS and will not be handed over to applicants; copies (whether certified or not) will not be handed out to applicants either. The results may be used internally at other departments at CBS (e.g. The International Office); if you wish to have a TOEFL result sent to another department at CBS, please go to the contact pages.
Find practice materials to help you prepare for the TOEFL test
IELTS - International English Language Testing System:
IELTS is organised by British Council all over the world. CBS only accepts IELTS academic test results. See IELTS for further information on IELTS worldwide and EDU Denmark for information on IELTS in Denmark.
CBS accepts copies of test results uploaded in the Application Portal, as we are able to have the results confirmed online. Please note that we do not accept IELTS tests that are more than two years old by the application deadline.
Find practice materials to help you prepare for the IELTS test.
You will find general information on the Cambridge examinations here. In Copenhagen the test is administered by Studieskolen.
If you need an English test to fulfil the English requirements, it is your responsibility to find an institution that offers it, sign up for a test at a suitable available date and have the scores sent to CBS Admissions Office.
Take the test as soon as possible!
Don’t wait until last minute– you might be surprised to find out that all the test dates have already been booked.
Prepare for the test!
Find out what the test consists of and practice in advance – most testing institutions provide test takers with preparation materials. Do not underestimate the difficulty of the test – last year, almost 49% of the CBS TOEFL test takers failed to score enough points the first time they took the test.
Consider which test is best for you!
Different English language tests and exams measure your language skills in different ways. Know your strengths and choose a test that will enhance these.
Below we have listed the most common types of English tests and exams that meet the English language requirement for CBS:
Name of test/exam
Short description of test/exam with comments
The IELTS test has four sections: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The speaking section takes the form of a face-to-face interview, where an examiner and the test taker engage in conversation. This is usually an advantage for test takers with strong speaking skills. A variety of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand, and British) is used in the listening section, and all standard varieties of English are accepted in all parts of the test.
Paper-based TOEFL test
The TOEFL PBT test has three sections: listening comprehension, structure and written expression, and reading comprehension, plus a 30-minute writing test. There is no speaking section in the TOEFL PBT test, which might be a disadvantage for test-takers with strong speaking skills.
Internet-based TOEFL test
The TOEFL iBT test has four sections (listening, reading, speaking and writing). The speaking section is not a conversation – you speak into a microphone attached to the computer, which can be seen as an inconvenient by certain test takers. You might be more comfortable taking this test if you are used to American English and accents.
|English B at GSK||If you live in Denmark and understand Danish at a high level, you should consider taking a GSK course and exam in English level B. The advantage is that you also participate in classes and receive teaching, while the exam has a familiar form as it is similar to any other Danish upper secondary exam.|
The exam consists of five sections, including an oral section which takes the form of a face-to-face interview with an examiner. A Cambridge certificate is valid for life, whereas the TOEFL or IELTS expire after two years.
Alternative way of fulfilling the language requirement
Only the following alternatives are accepted as fulfilment of English B:
- A complete bachelor degree done in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK or the US
(however, please be aware that if your degree is a collaboration between a university in one of these countries and a second country not on the list, it will likely not fulfil the English B requirement)
- A complete upper secondary education done in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK or the US
- Certain bachelor degrees done in English in Denmark: all bachelor programmes in English at CBS; Negot IF studied with English at SDU.
NB: A bachelor degree taught in English does not fulfil the requirement unless it is one of the specific cases listed above.