Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees

The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST) is a proficiency test that measures English-language knowledge and skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Many Canadian universities use the CanTEST to test the language readiness of students applying for admission to their universities.

Please direct any questions you may have about specific CanTEST requirements to the academic advisor of the faculty that applies to you.

Test Dates

  • November 5, 2016
  • February 4, 2017
  • May 13, 2017
  • November 4, 2017

The deadline for registration is one week before the test date.

Cost

  • Reading/Writing/Listening: $120
  • Speaking: $80
  • Writing (only): $50 (The Writing test can only be challenged after passing Reading and Listening.)
  • Official Report to be sent to another institution: $10

Payment

You may pay by VISA, MASTERCARD or AMERICAN EXPRESS. You can also pay by debit card at the ESL Main Office.

Registration

You can register for the CanTEST in person at the ESL Office, Room 114 South Residence, or call 306-585-4585.

A full-length practice test that includes a listening CD and is similar to the official CanTEST is available for $30 at the ESL Main Office.

Preparing for CanTEST

You can prepare for the CanTEST by reading the daily newspaper, listening to radio news and documentaries and taking an advanced ESL writing course. If you pass EAP (the highest academic level of the ESL Program), you do NOT need to pass the CanTEST.

Information for Test Candidates Booklet

The Information for Test Candidates Booklet includes examples of the different components of the CanTEST.

CanTEST Policy

If you pass Reading and Listening, you can challenge only the Writing test the next time.

If you fail either Reading or Listening, you must retake the Reading, Listening, and Writing portions again at the same time.

You may do the Speaking section as a single component. The oral interview will be scheduled after the other three sections.

Upon receiving your CanTEST scores, you may request a re-read of any/all exams within twenty business days of the exam. Appeal forms can be obtained by contacting the ESL Office.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel, you MUST notify the ESL office (South Residence, Room 114 or phone 306-585-4585) as soon as possible.  Candidates who cancel at least 10 business days prior to the test session will receive a refund, less a $40.00 administration charge.  Candidates that cancel less than 10 business days before the exam date cannot receive a refund, but may request a transfer to the next CanTEST session.  The CanTEST fee may be transferred once if you are unable to take the test on the registration date.  If you do not call to cancel, you will not be allowed to transfer the fees.

Rating

The CanTEST is a proficiency test that measures English language knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and listening.  A score of 4.5 in Reading and Listening and a score of 4.0 in Writing fulfills the language requirement for many universities across Canada, including the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), University of Ottawa, and St. Mary’s University (Halifax).

The speaking test is not required for undergraduate admission at Canadian universities, but is necessary for certification purposes by professional organizations such as pharmacy and physiotherapy.

You can prepare for the CanTEST by reading the newspaper daily, listening to radio news and documentaries, and taking an advanced ESL writing course. We also offer a CanTEST Practice Manual for a fee of $30.00.

Appeal Process

Candidates who wish to have their scores re-evaluated must submit a Re-Evaluation Form PDF Icon request form with the required payment within 15 working days of the test. Telephone requests are NOT accepted.

Registration and Results Request Forms

All CanTEST Registration Forms that are mailed to ESL must be accompanied by a scanned copy of your photo identification (i.e. driver's license or passport).