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English Language Requirements

You will be required to provide proof of English proficiency if English is not your first language and you have studied less than four years in an English language school (minimum high school level). You must submit the required scores in one of the tests in the chart below. Test results dated more than two years prior to your application will not be considered. Proof of English proficiency must be provided with your required documents, when applicable.

English Language Requirements
Test Minimum Required Score
Cambridge English C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency. Minimum overall score of 176 with no band less than 169.
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) Language Assessment minimum overall band score of 70. CAEL Online will also be accepted..
Duolingo English Test* Minimum overall score of 110. Individual subscores may be considered.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Minimum overall score of 60 with no score less than 60 in the individual components.
TOEFL Internet-based: minimum total score of 89 with no individual scaled score less than 21. Computer-based: minimum score of 250. Paper-based: minimum score of 600. Test of Written English: with a score of 5. Institution code is 0892.
TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition* Internet-based: minimum total score of 89 with no individual scaled score less than 21.

*Pending Senate approval, the University will accept this method of testing for fall 2021 admission only, and will re-evaluate for future use.

Successful completion of the University of Guelph, Open Learning Advanced Level of the English Language Certificate Program (Levels 9 and 10) is considered an acceptable form of proving your English proficiency. Visit the University of Guelph website for more details.