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. The School of Graduate Studies will review the request. The applicant will be informed of the results of the review.
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.