3 years ago
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First language section (UCAS)

On UCAS it asks if English is my first language, it's not, but i've lived in the US for over 10 years, and am graduating high school soon without having ESOL (All my classes are in english, I am fluent in english). If I choose english is not my first language it asks for some test proving I can speak english, If i pick english is my first langauge (A lie) then there are no question or anything. What should I pick?

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3 years ago

Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure they only require you to have an English test passed if you're applying internationally as if you've taken years of English classes it would be obvious that you're at least somewhat proficient. Plus, the US has a ton of immigrants whose first language isn't English (English is my second language too and I was never asked), and so they wouldn't expect people to take a test if they've been living in the US for over 10 years. So, I'm pretty sure they won't even ask you for any "proof", so you won't even need to consider lying (don't do that anyways though). Did they even ask you for proof?

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3 years ago


I believe you should never lie about important information on your application. Besides, your current address would not be in the US, right?

My advice for you is to check with some unis that you'll apply for and explain them your situation. Maybe they'll say you don't have to take any proficiency test. Actually, I am almost sure there are some other questions about your English level in other parts of the application, as your school's main language, or if you ever lived in the US. These info might help you, but I strongly recommend you to send an email to the universities that you'll apply for and see what they advise you.

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