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Studying English Language Online

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Information about studying online for Pre-sessional students, or students who need to take the English Progress Test.

Studying online


Moodle is the virtual learning environment (VLE) at UAL. This will be the main ‘home’ for your online course or test. You will use it to view important updates, to submit or sit assessments, or to take part in online classes.

Once you have been enrolled on your course, you will receive instructions on how to log in and use Moodle.


Collaborate Ultra is the platform your course will be using for ‘live’ online classes or tests.

You will be able to find links to join these classes in Moodle.

You will receive more information about accessing Moodle and Collaborate once you are enrolled on your course.

Learn more about studying online.

Being assessed online


To take the English assessment, you will need to install software called Respondus.

To use this software you will need:

  • Strong internet connection
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Google Chrome browser
  • One of the following operating systems:
    • Windows: 10, 8, 7
    • Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher

Exam conditions

You will need to sit the test under exam conditions. This means:

  • You must take the test in a well-lit, quiet room where you will not be disturbed
  • You must sit at a table
  • Your webcam must be on, and your face must be clearly visible throughout the test
  • You must show your ID before the test begins
  • You must use your webcam to scan the room, to prove there is nobody else with you

More information about taking the assessment will be provided during your course.

If you have any questions about studying your English language course online, contact us.

Watch our video

A guide to being assessed online

Introduction to Respondus LockDown Browser for Students

Learn about the Respondus Lockdown browser, what it is and how to set it up.

A guide to being assessed online

This video shows the conditions you need to meet to take your English language test online.

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