Tests that satisfy the English language admission standard

Before you can be admitted to UBC, you must meet our English Language Admission Standard. One of the ways you can do this is to achieve the minimum score on one of the tests listed below. If you do not meet this requirement, you may be interested in one of our academic English development programs.

We will accept test results taken no more than two years before you apply to UBC. These test results need to be mailed to UBC, by your testing agency, before the document deadline to:

Enrolment Services
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Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Test Minimum score [1]
CAE Certificate in Advanced English B
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language assessment Overall score: 70
CAEL With the speaking sub-test 60
CELPIP Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program [2]
CELPIP CELPIT-A (Academic Reading and Writing) 4L
CELPIP CELL (Listening) 4L
CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English C
IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic) 6.5 with no part less than 6.0
MELAB Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with the MELAB Oral Interview 85 final score with 3 in the speaking test
PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic) Overall score: 65
Reading: 60
Listening: 60
Writing: 60
Speaking: 60
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language [3]
TOEFL TOEFL Internet-based test Overall score: 90
Reading: 22
Listening: 22
Writing: 21
Speaking: 21
TOEFL TOEFL Paper-based test with the TWE (Test of Written English) 55 each for Reading, Listening, and Writing (4.0 on TWE)
TOEFL TOEFL Computer-based test with the essay No longer accepted


[1] Unless otherwise stated, the score is the minimum on each part of the examination. Minimum scores must be achieved in a single sitting of the test (i.e., scores across multiple instances of a test may not be used to satisfy minimum component requirements).

[2] The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Test – Academic (CELPIT-A) portion of this test satisfies the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) requirement for first-year English courses at UBC. You must achieve a score of at least 5 on the essay section.

[3] UBC’s institution code for the Test of English as a Foreign Language is 0965.