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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
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

Minimum overall band score of 70.

Cambridge (English C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency) Minimum overall score of 176 with no band less than 169.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Minimum overall score of 85, including composition score of 83 and oral score of 3. Please be aware that MELAB is no longer providing testing. Previous MELAB test results can be submitted if they are less than two years old.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Minimum overall score of 60 with no score less than 60 in the individual components.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet-based test (IBT) minimum total score of 89. A minimum score of 21 must be achieved in each of the four categories (listening, speaking, reading, writing).

Institutional code is 0892.

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.