Undergraduate Admission


Undergraduate Admission

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Test of Facility in English

Applicants who meet one of the following criteria do not need to submit a test of facility in English:

  • completed an IB diploma (completion of SL English B is not sufficient) or
  • completed the full GCE Program (O Level, A/S Level and Advanced Level) or
  • lived in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language for the most recent three years prior to beginning their university studies 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

All other applicants must achieve a satisfactory score on one of the tests of facility in English listed 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.

Note: Queen’s University reserves the right to request the result of an English language test at any time, if necessary.


Test Minimum Score(s)    Contact Info

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Institution Code: 0949

iBT (Internet Based TOEFL)/88 overall: 24 Writing, 22 Speaking, 22 Reading, 20 Listening; Paper Based TOEFL (PBT)/580 (TBC)  www.toefl.com
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Score of 6.5 on Academic Module   www.conestogac.on.ca/ielts
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) Overall band of 70 with no band below 60  www.cael.ca
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 90 www.cambridgemichigan.org/melab
Queen’s School of English High standing on 12-week English for Academic Purposes advanced level English courses  www.queensu.ca/qsoe 
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Overall score of 60 www.pearsonpte.com

Applicants who have been asked to submit a test of facility in English, and believe that this is not applicable to them, may make an appeal. For more information, see English Requirement Appeals.

Queen's School of English

A variety of non-degree full-time study options for international students are available through Queen's School of English, part of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Canadian English Experience (CEE)-Summer/Winter is a 4-week program, which is offered in winter and summer. This student-centered immersion program integrates the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking, using Canadian cultural and social content. This program puts particular focus on developing communicative competence in speaking and listening. Many exciting activities and trips are included.

Tailored programs for groups/institutions are also available on request. Please contact Queen's School of English for more information.

QBridge – English Language Bridging Pathway

QBridge is an English language pathway to Queen’s University for students who are  academically competitive for admission to a Queen's undergraduate degree program but who do not meet the required admission standard for English language proficiency.


Students accepted to Queen’s through QBridge pathway may be required to complete both the Fall and Winter terms of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program before progressing to  their undergraduate degree studies in the following September. The 1 + 4 (five years) pathway ensures that students are linguistically, academically, and culturally prepared to complete their Queen’s undergraduate degree studies.


QBridge is available as a pathway to undergraduate degree programs in the following faculties:

Students applying to Queen’s through QBridge will be enrolled in English for Academic Purposes Program. To be eligible for QBridge, students must present the following minimum standardized English language test scores:









Students are required to complete Fall and Winter sessions in the EAP Program at Queen’s School of English and to achieve the required standing in the program (a final grade of A- or B,(a minimum final grade of A- in ESLA 140 or B in ESLA 150)depending on the level in the program). If a student has not reached the required standard in the Winter term, a third term of study may be taken in the Summer.

Applying for QBridge:

Students are required to apply through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) using the following codes:

  • Bachelor of Arts, OUAC Code: QXA
  • Bachelor of Science, OUAC Code: QXS
  • Bachelor of Engineering, OAUC Code: QXE


Different than the QBridge, English for Academic Purposes Program, QBridge Accelerated is for students with higher standardized English language tests scores and is available as a pathway to ALL first-year degree programs. QBridge Accelerated is an intensive 8-week summer course starting in early July.  Students with the following standardized English language test scores may be considered for QBridge Accelerated:









Students must achieve at least a B grade in QBridge Accelerated to progress to  their degree program in September of the same year.


English for Academic Purposes Program

Students completing the 12-Week English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at Queen’s School of English may be eligible for the English proficiency exam waiver. If a high standing on a 12-Week EAP Advanced level English course completed at the School is achieved prior to your application, an English language test score may not be required for admission to undergraduate degree programs at Queen’s. Students should notify Undergraduate Admission in writing that they have completed the course. Undergraduate Admission will contact Queen’s School of English on their behalf to determine if a waiver is appropriate, and will advise the student of the decision. Students should be prepared to write a test of facility in English within the published document deadlines if a waiver is not granted.

Dates and deadlines are outlined on the Key Dates page. Please see the School of English for more details.

Canadian English Experience studentsStudents of the Queen's School of English skiing Student working as part of the Buisness Internship Program