21 ottobre 2010


Questo post verrà scritto in inglese come un esperimento:
Il sistema universitario inglese, a differenza di quello italiano si concentra molto sulle presentazioni in classe, i dibattiti e gli ‘essays’. Questi sono dei saggi lunghi all’incirca 2000/3000 parole (4-6 pagine di word). E’ quindi importantissimo avere un’ottima padronanza dell’inglese per poter accedere ai corsi e, una volta entrati, non essere cacciati. Se non riuscite a seguire questo post vi consiglio di andare in Inghilterra per un paio di mesi e frequentare una scuola per un paio di ore al giorno. Cercate una scuola che offre l’IELTS o il TOEFL, questi sono i test di inglese accettati dalla maggior parte delle università inglesi come spiegherò qua sotto.

All UK universities require you to take an official English test and to achieve a minimum grade in it. This varies depending on the university, with the best asking for a higher level and the worse a lower one (unsurprisingly). The two most common recognised tests are the IELTS and the TOEFL.

Oxford and Cambridge require an overall score of 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each of the four components, or an overall score of 600 for the paper based TOEFEL, or 100 in the internet based TOEFL.

The IELTS can be taken in the British Council in around 20 Italian cities. Addresses and information on dates can be found here. The cost for the test is of €185, quite a significant amount so I suggest you prepare in advance. This can be done by either ordering a preparation pack or by attending workshops at the British Councils in the various cities. Some free sample questions are available on the official IELTS website but these will not be enough for you to work with.

The TOEFL works in a similar way although there it can be taken in more locations (around 45 cities in Italy, look here for details) and the cost is of around €165.

Universities in the UK do not have a preference between these two tests, my advice would therefore be to find the nearest centre to you and take whichever test that centre offers.

If you feel your English is not yet up to standards (if you cannot under stand this post, it probably isn’t yet) then I suggest first of doing a ridiculous amount of practice tests, after a while you will get the hang of it. If you are still struggling the best way would be to spend some time in England, attending a few hours of school a day. Make sure you do not spent too much time with other Italian as this will slow down your learning process. Spending time in England will also allow you to visit some of the universities you would like to go to. If you are interested in going to either Oxford or Cambridge try and attend a school there, they are both lovely cities and the cost of living is much lower than in London.

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