At Queen's University English is the language of instruction and communication. Proficiency in English is, therefore, a prerequisite for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not recently studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, will be required to obtain satisfactory results in an English language proficiency test, as part of the application process, and before their application will be considered complete.
The following English Language Proficiency tests are accepted by the School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University:
In these test, the School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University requires the following minimum scores:
1. TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): The minimum overall score is 88, made up of the minimum scores in each component test as follows:
- Writing test: 24/30
- Speaking test: 22/30
- Reading test: 22/30
- Listening test: 20/30
Applicants must have the minimum score in each test, as well as the minimum overall score. Note that some departments/programs have higher minimum TOEFL iBT requirements.
2. MELAB: 80 (minimum overall score)
3. IELTS: 7 (minimum score, academic module)
4. PTE Academic: 65 ( minimum overall score)
These tests tests are offered widely around the world. International students applying to Queen's should arrange to take one of these tests in sufficient time for the results to be available at the time of application. It is the applicant's responsibility to consult the department/programs, and the Application Procedures documentation, for more details.
Other Notes on English language proficiency for international applicants and students:
1. Any applicant whose first language is not English, but who, within the 12 month period prior to the month of application, has studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, may submit with their application a request to be exempted from the English language proficiency test requirement.
Proof will be required that it has not been more than one year since the applicant was a student at the post-secondary institution and also that English is the language of instruction there. Acceptable proof of this is the original, official transcript, received from the issuing post-secondary institution. If it is not stated on or evident from the transcript that English is the language of instruction, the applicant must make arrangements for a separate, official letter that confirms this to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies from the issuing post-secondary institution. When the official original transcript or other official letter is received by the School of Graduate Studies, the request for exemption will be reviewed. The applicant will be informed of the decision.
A request for an exemption from this requirement will not be considered prior to submission of the application.
A request for an exemption from this requirement will not normally be considered for any applicant who, at the time of application to graduate studies, has a passing score in one of the accepted tests of English language proficiency listed above which is still valid (not expired).
A request for an exemption from this requirement will not normally be considered for any applicant who, at the time of application to graduate studies, has taken one of the accepted test of English language proficiency listed above but failed to get the minimum score required.
2. If a final grade of A- (A minus) or more in ESLA 140 or ESLA 150 from Queen’s University’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program is achieved at the time of application, an English language test score may not be required. See Queen’s University School of English
3. Students may be required to take a remedial course in English and may be required to fulfill additional requirements if accepted into a graduate program.