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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 universities in Canada accept CanTEST scores as proof of English language proficiency for admission to undergraduate and graduate studies, 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).

For admission to the University of Regina, a score of 4.5 in Reading and Listening and 4.0 in Writing fulfills the undergraduate English language requirement. A score of 4.5 in Listening, Reading and Writing plus a score of 5.0 in Speaking fulfills the graduate English language requirement.  ESL students who pass the highest level, English for Academic Purposes, do NOT need to pass the CanTEST to enter the University of Regina.

Many professional associations, such as pharmacy and physiotherapy, accept CanTEST results in all four skills for certification.

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

Test Dates - N/A

All CanTest testing sessions are canceled until further notice.

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


  • 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


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


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

Registration Policies

If you pass Reading and Listening, you can retake only the Writing test. If you fail either Reading or Listening, you must retake the Reading, Listening, and Writing tests again at the same time. You may do the Speaking test only as a single component. The oral interview will be scheduled after the other three sections. Please ensure that you take the tests you require for your program of study or certification.

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. 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.

Links to an Information for Test Candidates Booklet that includes examples of the different components of the CanTEST are included below.

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 who 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.

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).