English Foundation Programme

The Oxford Online Placement Test is the standard English language testing system used by Swiss Education Group, and is used to test all students who do not provide a valid English test result of the equivalent standard (TOEFL or IELTS).

Students who score 50 points and above on the OOPT are eligible to enter any undergraduate or postgraduate programme offered by Swiss Education Group. 60+ points (or equivalent) are required for direct entry to all master’s programmes. Please refer to the Language Level Requirements table for further information.

Students who have an OOPT score between 40 to 50 points are eligible to enter the English Foundation Programme at the appropriate level.

Applicants can take the OOPT in their home country with the assistance of their local school representative.

The administration of the test is handled by the Admissions Department at Hotel Institute Montreux, who will provide the password and login information.

Once the test results are received, the local school representative will advise the student whether they will need to enrol in the English Foundation Programme prior to entry into an undergraduate, postgraduate or master’s programme.

To take the OOPT (free of charge) contact your local school representative, or email:

 

Recommended number of weeks of English Foundation based on the Oxford Online Placement Test

OOPT score

Guideline to achieve an OOPT score of 50+

Guideline to achieve an OOPT score of 60+/70+

60-69

No course required

4-8 weeks

   

50-59

No course required

8-12 weeks

   

48-49

4-8 weeks

12 weeks

   

46-47

8-12 weeks

12 weeks

   

44-45

12 weeks

12 weeks

   

40-43

12 weeks

Recommendation to take additional prepara- tory English programmes prior to joining for 12 weeks.

   

1-39

Swiss Authorities require a minimum score of 40 points;
Recommendation to take an external English programme before joining any Swiss Education Group school

 

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Language Level Requirements

The following table indicates the English level required for entry into the Swiss Education Group schools and programmes from 3 common English testing methods (IELTS, TOEFL and OOPT).

SCHOOL

UNDERGRADUATE

POSTGRADUATE

MASTER'S

Test

IELTS

TOEFL

OOPT

IELTS

TOEFL

OOPT

OOPT

        

César Ritz Colleges

5.0

500

50+

N/A

N/A

N/A

70+*

        

Culinary Arts Academy

5.0

500

50+

5.0

500

50+

60+

        

Hotel Institute Montreux

5.0

500

50+

5.0

500

50+

60+

        

IHTTI School of Hotel Management

5.0

500

50+

5.0

500

50+

60+

        

Swiss Hotel Management School

5.0

500

50+

5.0

500

50+

60+**

 

* Only applicable if students have attended the English Foundation Programme. Otherwise, all master’s degrees require IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550.

** Only applicable for Direct Entry into Master of Business programme. The Master of Science in International Hospitality Management requires either TOEFL 550 or IELTS 6.0.

 

English Test Score Comparison

ALTE level

CEF LEVEL

CAMBRIDGE

IELTS Range

OOPT Computer based test score

TOEFL

Paper

IBT internet

5.0

C2

CPE

8.0-8.5-9.0

100-120

625-680

105-120

4.0

C1

CAE, BEC Higher

7.0-7.5

80-99

575-624

88-104

3.0

B2

FCE, BEC Vantage

6.0-6.5

60-79

525-574

68-87

2.0

B1

PET, BEC Prelim

5.0-5.5

40-59

475-525

53-67

1.0

A2

KET

4.0-4.5

20-39

425-474

37-53

0.5

A1

 

3.0-3.5

1-19

325-424

31-36

0.0

 

 

2.0-2.5

 

225-325

20-30

 

ALTE Association of Language Testers of Europe
CEF Common European Framework
OOPT Oxford Online Placement Test

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