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Queen's University

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.

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)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Score of 6.5 on Academic Module
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
Overall band of 70 with no band below 60
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Queen’s School of English
High standing on 12-week English for Academic Purposes advanced level English courses
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Overall score of 60

Queen's University English Bridging Program (QBridge)

QBridge is a university preparation program through which select students can receive a conditional offer to degree studies at Queen's.  Successful applicants will be admitted and enrolled in the Queen's School of English and then admitted to the undergraduate degree program, conditional upon satisfactory completion of an advanced English language training course.  This course will be offered in the Spring/Summer term, beginning in 2010.  For more information about QBridge visit or email us at  

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 for more details.

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, click here.

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