English is the language of instruction at Queen’s University and candidates must be able to communicate competently in English both orally and in writing. Therefore, applicants who have not either lived in a country in which English is the acknowledged primary language or attended an educational institution Full-Time at which the language of instruction is English for the most recent three years prior to beginning their studies at Queen’s must achieve a satisfactory score on one of the accepted tests of facility in English.
The accepted tests of facility in English and the minimally acceptable scores for each are:
(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based test – an overall score of 580; TOEFL internet-based test (IBT) - an overall score of 88, including 24 on the writing section, 22 on the speaking section, 22 on the reading section, and 20 on the listening section.
(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – 7 on the Academic Module.
(iii) Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) – an overall band of 70, with no band below 60.
(iv) Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) – 90.
Applicants who have successfully completed the 12-week English for Academic Purposes course or the Q-Bridge Program at Queen’s School of English may have the English Language Test of Proficiency waived.