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Most universities require that applicants whose first language is not English, or who were educated in a country where English is not normally the language of instruction, write or take language tests. Each institution has its own requirements, which are subject to change. More stringent requirements can apply for certain programs. It is in the applicant’s best interest to contact the universities directly for more information.

Only English-language information is listed on this site. To view additional information for French-language institutions, please go to www.electronicinfo.ca/html/french/language.html.

Note: After September 30, 2006, the computer-based version of the TOEFL test (TOEFL CBT) will no longer be offered. The TOEFL is gradually introducing the Internet-based version of the TOEFL test – TOEFL iBT. In areas where the TOEFL iBT is not yet available, the paper-based version of the TOEFL test will continue to be offered. TOEFL CBT scores are valid for two years from the administration date.

Last updated: February 1, 2007

Brock University

Carleton University

University of Guelph
     University of Guelph-Humber

Lakehead University
    Orillia Campus   

Laurentian University
     Algoma University College  

McMaster University

Nipissing University

Ontario College of Art & Design

University of Ottawa
     Saint Paul University

Queen's University

Royal Military College of Canada

Ryerson University

University of Toronto St. George Campus
     University of Toronto Mississauga
     University of Toronto Scarborough

Trent University

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

University of Waterloo

The University of Western Ontario
     Brescia University College
     Huron University College
     King's University College

Wilfrid Laurier University
     Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford

University of Windsor

York University
     York University Glendon


Legend
PBT: Paper-Based Test
CBT: Computer-Based Test
iBT: Internet-Based Test

TOEFL
Test of English as a Foreign Language
www.toefl.org

MELAB
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing/melab/

IELTS
International English Language Testing System
www.ielts.org

CAEL
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment
www.cael.ca

CanTEST
www.cantest.uottawa.ca

YELT
York English Language Test
www.yorku.ca/futurestudents/requirements/yelt.html

COPE
Certificate of Proficiency in English
www.copetest.com


Brock University

www.brocku.ca/registrar/admissions/english.php

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of full-time study with satisfactory academic standing in an English-language school system (where the primary language of instruction and evaluation is English), with acceptable grades in English and other humanities/social science courses from secondary school. Some programs may also require 4U English.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
580 PBT (TWE 4.5); 237 CBT (TSE 4.5); 88 iBT with a minimum of 21 on Speaking and Writing

Minimum MELAB Score:
85 or greater, with no other part below 80

Minimum IELTS Score:
7.0 or greater, with no band below 6.5

Minimum ITELP Score:
565, with a minimum composition score of 240.

Minimum CAEL Score:
Overall band score of 70, with 60 in writing and no other score below 60.

Other:
YELT also accepted with a category of 1 or 2.
Minimum completion of Level 5 of the Brock Intensive English Language Program.
Completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program, where English was the language of instruction.

Last Test Date: June 1


Carleton University

http://admissions.carleton.ca/prospis/english/index.html

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of full-time secondary or postsecondary education where the language of instruction was English (e.g., British, American or international curriculum).

Minimum TOEFL Score:
580 PBT; 237 CBT; 86 iBT with a minimum of 22 on Speaking and Writing, and 20 on Listening and Reading

Minimum MELAB Score:
85 overall with no section below 80

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5 with no band below 6

Minimum CAEL Score: 70

Should your language test score fall below the listed cutoffs, you may still be eligible for a conditional offer of admission. For more information, visit http://admissions.carleton.ca/prospis/english/index.html.


University of Guelph

www.uoguelph.ca/admissions/pub/ep/

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is four years of full-time secondary or postsecondary study demonstrating satisfactory academic progress in an English-language school system. A 4U English is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
600 PBT plus TWE of 5; 250 CBT plus TWE of 5; 89 iBT with no individual score less than 21

Minimum MELAB Score:
85 with composition score of 83 and oral of 3

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5 with no band below 6

Minimum CAEL Score:
Overall Band of 70

Last Test Date: April 1


University of Guelph-Humber

www.guelphhumber.ca

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is four years of full-time study in an English-speaking school.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
600 PBT; 250 CBT, plus TWE of 5; 89 iBT

Minimum MELAB Score:
85 with composition score of 83 and oral of 3

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5 with no band below 6

Minimum CAEL Score: 70

Last Test Date: April 1


Lakehead University

http://admissions.lakeheadu.ca

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of formal education in an English-language school system. 4U English cannot be used to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
550 PBT; 213 CBT; 80 iBT

Minimum MELAB Score: 90

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5 with no band below 6.0

Last Test Date:
Results must be submitted before an admission decision will be made.


Lakehead University – Orillia Campus

http://orillia.lakeheadu.ca

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of formal education in an English-language school system. 4U English cannot be used to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
550 PBT; 213 CBT; 80 iBT

Minimum MELAB Score: 90

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5 with no band below 6.0

Last Test Date:
Results must be submitted before an admission decision will be made.


Laurentian University/
Université Laurentienne

www.laurentian.ca/Laurentian/Home/Departments/Admissions/

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of full-time senior-level studies at an English-language secondary school. A 4U English is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
550 PBT; 213 CBT; 79 iBT

Minimum MELAB Score: 90

Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5

Minimum CAEL Score:
60, with 60 in writing proficiency

Other:
Minimum Cambridge English Proficiency grade of “C”

Last Test Date: June 1

4U English in place of a test is acceptable if the applicant is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has successfully completed 4U English and meets all other entrance requirements.


Algoma University College

www.algomau.ca/international

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years full-time in an English-speaking educational institution.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
550 PBT; 213 CBT; 79 iBT

Minimum MELAB Score: 90

Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5

Minimum CAEL Score: 60

Students who do not have the required English language proficiency test score may enter into Algoma University College’s ESL program called SPELL – Sault Program for English Language Learning. Upon successful completion of SPELL, students may enter into a degree program.


McMaster University

http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/external/admis/engli.htm

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of full-time academic study in an English-speaking educational institution or four years residing in an English-speaking country. ENG4U is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
580 PBT; 237 CBT; 86 iBT (minimum of 20 in each of the four categories)

Minimum MELAB Score: 85

Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5

Minimum CAEL Score: 70

Last Test Date: April 1


Nipissing University

www.nipissingu.ca/registrar/howtoapply_international.asp

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of full-time study in a Canadian secondary school (English-language institution). A 4U English is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
550 PBT; 213 CBT, with a minimum TWE of 5.0; 80 iBT (minimum 20 in each section)

Minimum MELAB Score: 90

Minimum IELTS Score:
Minimum overall band score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6)

Other:
Nipissing will also accept CAEL with a minimum score of 60.

Last Test Date: April 2


Ontario College of Art & Design

www.ocad.ca/prospective/prospective_set.htm

Minimum TOEFL Score:
580 PBT; 237 CBT; 80 iBT (19 Reading, 14 Listening, 20 Writing, 22 Speaking)

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5, with no band below 6.5

Minimum CAEL Score:
70 overall, with no band below 60

Minimum COPE Score:
5 overall (2 Writing, 1–2 Reading, 1–2 Listening)

Last Test Date:
Test results must be received before offer of admission is valid.

If an applicant has been in the Canadian school system for four years or more, ENG4U with a minimum grade of 70% will be accepted to fulfill the admissions English requirement. Students who have been enrolled in the Canadian school system for less than four years must provide TOEFL (or equivalent) in addition to ENG4U.


University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa

www.uottawa.ca/international/students/step2.html

To be exempt from presenting a language test score, you must have obtained a diploma following at least three years of full-time secondary or postsecondary studies at an institution where the language of instruction is strictly English and in a country where the official language is English.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
580 PBT, TWE of 4.5; 237 CBT, TWE of 4.5; 92 iBT, with 24 Writing and Reading, 20 Speaking and Listening

Minimum MELAB Score: 85

Minimum IELTS Score: 7.0

Other:
CanTEST, CAEL

Last test date: June 1

If a student wishes to study in French and their mother tongue is not French, or if they have not studied full time in French for at least three years, the University reserves the right to administer a written proficiency test.

Competency in English and French is compulsory for French and Translation programs. Applicants to these programs must pass a language proficiency test (with a minimum grade of at least 70%) prior to admission.


Université Saint-Paul/Saint Paul University

www.ustpaul.ca

A second-language test is not required. A 4U English or français is required.


Queen's University

www.queensu.ca/admission/go/english/

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language or at an educational institution full-time where the language of instruction is English. These must be the most recent three years prior to beginning university studies.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
580 PBT; 237 CBT plus Essay Rating score of 5.0; 88 overall iBT (24 Writing, 22 Speaking, 22 Reading, 20 Listening)

Minimum MELAB Score: 90

Minimum IELTS Score:
7.0 (academic module)

Minimum CAEL Score:
Overall band of 70 (no band below 60)

Last Test Date: Mid-February


Royal Military College of Canada/
Collège millitaire royal du Canada


www.recruiting.forces.gc.ca
www.rmc.ca/academic/registrar/programme/index_e.htm

Please contact the Recruiting Centre nearest you for more information. Applicants must be Canadian citizens.


Ryerson University

www.ryerson.ca/undergraduate/admission/

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is four. A 4U English is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
580 PBT, 237 CBT, 92–93 iBT for Radio and Television & Journalism; 560 PBT, 220 CBT, 83–87 iBT for Math and Science; 580 PBT, 237 CBT, 92–93 iBT for all other programs

Minimum MELAB Score:
90 for Radio and Television & Journalism; 85 for all other programs

Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5

Minimum CAEL Score:
70 for Radio and Television & Journalism; 60 for Math and Science; 70 for all other programs

Other:
Ryerson Test of English Proficiency (RTEP)

Last Test Date:
Depends on program


University of Toronto – St. George Campus
University of Toronto Mississauga
University of Toronto Scarborough

www.adm.utoronto.ca/adm/adm_other_req/adm_english_facility.htm

The minimum number of years to waive requirements for an English facility test is four years of satisfactory full-time study in an English-language school system in a country where the dominant language is English. If an English facility test is required, students will be exempt from also having to include a 4U English (ENG4U/EAE4U) in their admission average, provided six other acceptable 4U credits are presented.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
100 total iBT with 22 on Writing (discretionary range 89–99, provided at least 19 on Writing is obtained)
600 total PBT with 5.0 on TWE (discretionary range 573–597, provided at least 4.5 on TWE is obtained)
250 total CBT with 5.0 on Essay (discretionary range 230–247, provided at least 4.5 on Essay is obtained)

Minimum MELAB Score:
85 overall with no part score below 80 (discretionary range 80–84, provided no part score is below 80)

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5 overall with no band below 6.0

Minimum CAEL Score:
70 overall with no part below 60

Minimum CanTEST Score:
4.5 average with no part below 4

Minimum ELDA/COPE Score:
5 overall with 2 on Writing and l or 2 on Reading and Listening

Last Test Date:
Results must be received by April 1.

If an applicant scores in the discretionary ranges listed above, and is otherwise well qualified for admission, the university will automatically consider other academic evidence of English proficiency (for example, results in English courses) and will advise the applicant whether or not the English facility requirements have been satisfied. Letters of reference will NOT be used for this purpose.

Applicants whose first language is French and who have achieved satisfactory academic progress in at least four years of full-time study in Canada are not required to provide proof of English facility.

Full English facility requirements are available at the above web address, as well as many other acceptable tests/qualifications.


Trent University

www.trentu.ca/admin/tip/eslreq.shtml

The minimum number of years to waive requirements for an English proficiency test is three full years of study in an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, plus a 4U English course (ENG4U is preferred).

Minimum TOEFL Score:
237 CBT; 580 PBT; 90 iBT; with a minimum TWE score of 4.5

Minimum MELAB Score:
85 with no part below 80

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5 with no band below 6.0

Last Test Date: June 1


University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

https://connect.uoit.ca/uoit/admiss/languageprof.jsp

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years (or equivalent in part-time studies) or at least six semesters (studying no less than three courses per semester) in a secondary school or university where the language of instruction and examination was English. The minimum three-year requirement does not include time enrolled in ESL courses. A 4U English is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
560 PBT; 220 CBT; 83–87* iBT (20 Listening, Reading and Writing, 19 Speaking)

Minimum MELAB Score: 85

Minimum IELTS Score: 7.0

Minimum CAEL Score:
70 (with no sub-score below 60)

Last Test Date: August 3
*Minimum overall scores may vary by program.

UOIT’s TOEFL Code: 7178

Students must arrange for original test scores to be sent directly from the testing centre to the UOIT Registrar’s Office.

International students currently studying in Ontario, who have received an offer of admission to the university, can also choose to satisfy their English language proficiency requirement by registering for UOIT's internal English language proficiency test. Successful completion of this test will satisfy the English language proficiency requirement for UOIT. Students who do not meet the university's minimum English language proficiency requirement on this test will automatically receive an offer of admission to UOIT's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. Upon completion of level 10 of this program, students will be permitted to enter into their university program directly.

Visit https://connect.uoit.ca/uoit/admiss/languageprof.jsp for test dates and more information.


University of Waterloo

www.findoutmore.uwaterloo.ca/admissions/elr.htm

For students to be exempt from these requirements, they must have studied in an English-language school system for the four most recent years preceding the beginning of studies at the University of Waterloo.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
PBT* 600 total with 5.0 TWE.
Note: Applied Health Sciences, Science, and Math and Computer Science Regular programs require 580 overall with 4.5 TWE.

CBT* 250 total with 5.0 Essay Rating.
Note: Applied Health Sciences, Science, and Math and Computer Science Regular programs require 237 overall with 4.5 Essay Rating.

iBT 90 total with 25 Writing and 25 Speaking.
Note: Engineering and Architecture programs require 100 total with 26 Writing and 26 Speaking.

* Applicants who submit a CBT or PBT score must also present a Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 50 (Applied Health Sciences and Science, 45) for admission consideration. Math and Computer Science Regular applicants are exempt from the TSE requirement.

Minimum MELAB Score:
90 overall with 80 per section and 3 Speaking.
Note: Applied Health Sciences, Science, and Math and Computer Science Regular programs require 85 overall.

Minimum IELTS Score:
7.5 overall.
Note: Applied Health Sciences, Science, and Math and Computer Science Regular programs require 7.0 overall.

Minimum CAEL Score:
70 overall with no band below 60.
Note: Refer to website for faculty-specific band requirements.

Last Test Date:
Results must be received at UW by March 30.
Mathematics and Computer Science programs: Results must be received at UW by July 14.

These requirements are separate from, and in addition to, the requirement to present 4U English if it is listed as a specific requirement for a program. A 4U English is required for most programs.


The University of Western Ontario

http://welcome.uwo.ca

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is four years of full-time study in Canada at an English-language institution. Applicants who have a total of four years of formal education in a country where English is the primary language and language of instruction may be considered for an exemption. A 4U English is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
TWE also required; PBT, CBT and iBT test results are considered in conjunction with the student's academic record

Minimum MELAB Score:
Test results are considered in conjunction with the student's academic record

Minimum IELTS Score:
Test results are considered in conjunction with the student's academic record

Last Test Date: Late March


Brescia University College
at The University of Western Ontario

www.uwo.ca/brescia/pages/esl4.htm

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is four years of full-time study in Canada. Applicants who have a total of four years of formal education in a country where English is the primary language and language of instruction may be considered for an exemption. A 4U English is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
TWE also required; test results are considered in conjunction with the student’s academic record

Minimum MELAB Score:
Test results are considered in conjunction with the student's academic record

Minimum IELTS Score:
Test results are considered in conjunction with the student's academic record

Last Test Date: August 1


Huron University College
at The University of Western Ontario


www.huronuc.ca and click on “Prospective Students”

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is a minimum of four years of study (including the final year) in an institution where the language of instruction is English.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
580 PBT, with a TWE of 5; 230 CBT, with a TWE of 5; 90 iBT, with no less than 20 on any section

Minimum MELAB Score:
85, with no less than 80 on any section

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5, with no less than 6.0 on any section

Last Test Date:
May 1 recommended


King's University College
at The University of Western Ontario

www.uwo.ca/kings/admissions/english_proficiency.html

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is four years in an English-language education system. Applications for a waiver may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. A 4U English is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
580 PBT; 230 CBT, with a minimum of 5 on the TWE; 85 iBT with no less than 20 on any section

Minimum MELAB Score:
85 overall with no section less than 80, or waiver

Minimum IELTS Score:
6.5 overall with no section less than 6.0

Last Test Date: August 1


Wilfrid Laurier University

www.wlu.ca/admissions/

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of full-time, successful studies in an English-instructional education system, with acceptable grades in English and other humanities/social science courses from the senior secondary school year. Applicants with these qualifications may ask the University to exempt them from the English language proficiency requirements. A 4U English is required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
560 PBT; 220 CBT; 83 overall iBT score, with a minimum of 20 in each component

Minimum MELAB Score: 85

Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5

Minimum CAEL Score:
70, with no band below 60

Last Test Date: May 1 recommended


Wilfrid Laurier — Brantford

www.wlu.ca/admissions/English_Proficiency.shtml

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of full-time, successful studies in an English-instructional education system, with acceptable grades in English and other humanities/social science courses from the senior secondary school year. Applicants with these qualifications may ask the University to exempt them from the English language proficiency requirements. A 4U English is required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
560 PBT; 220 CBT; 83 overall iBT score, with a minimum of 20 in each component

Minimum MELAB Score: 85

Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5

Minimum CAEL Score:
70, with no band below 60

Last Test Date: May 1 recommended


University of Windsor

http://uwindsor.ca/registrar/

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is three years of study in Canada or an English-speaking country. A 4U English or equivalent is also required.

Minimum TOEFL Score:
560 PBT; 220 CBT, 4.5 TWE; 83 iBT with a minimum score of 20 on the Writing section

Minimum MELAB Score: 88

Minimum IELTS Score: 6.0

Last Test Date: Mid-March


York University

www.yorku.ca/futurestudents/requirements/docs_language.html

The minimum number of years to waive requirements is four years of study in Canada in English or French at the secondary school level; or, four years of study at the secondary school level in English in a country where English is a primary language. ESL courses may not be counted towards meeting this exemption. York reserves the right to request language proficiency test scores. All faculties require 4U English (ENG4U)*.

* Les étudiants qui fréquentent une école secondaire de langue française peuvent présenter un cours de français de 12e année U (FRA4U, FIF4U ou FEF4U).

Minimum TOEFL Score:
Most programs: 560 PBT; 220 CBT; 83–87 iBT
Engineering, Schulich School of Business: 600 PBT; 250 CBT; 100 iBT
Atkinson BAS & BHRM: 580 PBT; 237 CBT; 92–95 iBT

Minimum IELTS Score:
Most programs: 7.0
Engineering, Schulich School of Business: 7.5
Atkinson BAS & BHRM: 7.0

Other:
YELT also accepted. Overall score of 1–5 required for most programs; overall score of 1–2 required for Engineering and the Schulich School of Business; overall score of 1–3 for BAS & BHRM and an overall score of 1–4 for Collaborative Nursing.

Last Test Date: March 1


York University – Glendon Campus

www.yorku.ca/futurestudents/requirements/docs_language.html

Students applying to Glendon can prove language proficiency in English or French. See the York section for English requirements. York administers the French Language Admissions Test (FLAT) for students choosing to prove language proficiency in French rather than English. Course requirements include 4U English (or Français – FRA4U, FIF4U or FEF4U – for students from French first-language schools). A 4U course in the second language (either English or French) is recommended.


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