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Queen's University

English Language Proficiency Test (e.g. TOEFL and IELTS)

Do I need an English Language Proficiency Test?

You do not need to complete an English Language Proficiency Test if you have:
• completed an IB diploma (completion of SL English is not sufficient) or
• completed the GCE Advanced Levels or
• lived in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language or
• attended an education institution full-time where the medium of instruction is English for the most recent three years prior to beginning their university studies are not required to submit a standardized English languages test score (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS).

All other applicants must achieve a satisfactory score on one of the tests of facility in English, listed below. For tests of English requirements, please see below.

This test is a firm requirement and admission decisions cannot be made until an acceptable score has been reported. If you are in doubt about whether you meet our language requirements, submit an acceptable English language test score as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in the processing of your admission application.

Students who are enrolled in the Winter session of the Queen’s 12-Week EAP Advanced level English course should be aware that they must provide a satisfactory score on a test of facility in English.

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Which tests can I do? Which scores do I need?

Queen’s University accepts the following English Language Proficiency tests and requires the following minimum scores:

TOEFL iBT: Writing 24, Speaking 22, Reading 22, Listening 20, Minimum Total Score of 88
Computer Based Test: 237 and 5.0 essay
Paper Based Test: 580 and 5.0 Test of Written English (TWE)
IELTS 6.5 (academic module)
CAEL 70 (overall band) and no band below 60

New Option: If a Pass on an Advanced level English course completed at Queen’s School of English is achieved at the time of application, an English language test score may not be required. See for details. 

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What is the TOEFL institution code?

The TOEFL institution code for undergraduate programs at Queen’s University is 0949. Please make sure that this code is given to your TOEFL test centre to ensure we receive your scores. 

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When are the results due?

For students attending an Ontario high school, the final deadline to submit English Language Proficiency results is March 1.  For all other students, the last date to submit results is April 30.

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Can I submit the test results after the deadline?

Unfortunately, we can not guarantee that an applicant's score will be eligible to be used in the admission process if it is received after the deadline.  The decision as to whether an applicant's score can be used will be based upon the current enrollment levels of the program(s) the applicant has applied to when the score is received.

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Email with the subject heading "Question from FAQ Web Page". Please include your full name and OUAC reference number in the email to help us respond promptly.

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