English Language Requirements

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (ELP) EXAMINATIONS AND SCORES


If English is not your first language, you must submit proof of English proficiency in the form of a recognized test, unless you attended a university recognized by the University of Regina and where the language of instruction was English. See exemption list.

Important things to note:

  • University of Regina reserves the right to request an English language test result from any applicant.
  • ELP test scores are valid for two years from the test date.
  • The most common test is TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). You must have a TOEFL score of at least 580 Paper-based or 80 Internet-based, unless otherwise noted in the chart below.
  • Institutional TOEFL is not accepted.
  • When ordering your TOEFL from the Education Testing Service (ETS) use Institution code - 0830 (University of Regina).
  • CanTEST candidates whose Reading and Listening scores meet the requirements, but do not meet the Writing and Speaking components, may re-take the Writing and Speaking components. Please refer to the ESL webpage.
  • A minimum test score may render an applicant ineligible for graduate teaching assistantships.

The tests that appear on this list are the only tests accepted for admission consideration.

Test Minimum Score
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
  • FGSR minimum 70
  • Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy - 70
  • Media Studies and Media Production - 75
  • English - 80

CanTEST (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking/Oral Bands)

  • FGSR minimum 4.5 overall, 4.0 each
  • Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy - 4.5 overall, 4.5 each
  • Media Studies and Media Production - 5.0 overall, 4.5 each
  • English - 5.0 overall, 4.5 each
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Version)
  • FGSR minimum 6.5 overall, 6.0 each
  • Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy - 6.5 overall, 6.0 each
  • Media Studies and Media Production - 7.0 overall, 7.0 each
  • English - 7.5 overall, 7.5 each
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • FGSR minimun 80
  • Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy - 85
  • Media Studies and Media Production - 85
  • English - 85

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

  • FGSR minimum 59
  • Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy - 63 overall, 59 each
  • Media Studies and Media Production - 65
  • English - 68

TOEFL Paper-based

Institutional ITP TOEFL is not accepted

  • FGSR minium 20, 20, 20
  • Engineering & Applied Science - 550
  • Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy - 20, 20, 20
  • Media Studies and Media Production - 23, 23, 23
  • English - 25, 25, 25

TOEFL Internet-based (DI code: 0830)

  • FGSR minimum 20 each band
  • Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy - 86 overall, 20 each band
  • Media Studies) and Media Production - 23 each band
  • English - 25 each band

U of R ESL

  • FGSR minimum - advanced EAP 050
  • Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy - advanced EAP 050
  • Media Studies and Media Production - advanced EAP 050 (advanced writing)
  • English - advanced EAP 050 (advanced writing)

Testing in Saskatchewan

For information about English proficiency testing in Saskatchewan, refer to Testing in Saskatchewan

ESL at the University of Regina

If you are taking ESL at the University, you must successfully complete ESL 050 in order to be considered for graduate work. The University of Saskatchewan's UPrep 2 program will also be accepted.

If you are in Regina, you can take a placement test through ESL. If you are placed above ESL 050, we will accept that as proof of English proficiency. Please see ESL's events calendar for placement test dates.

ESL at other institutions

If you have successfully completed an academic English as a Second Language (ESL) program at another Canadian university, and you have met the English Language Proficiency policy of that institution, you may be considered to have met our policy. You must supply proof of course completion and evidence that the course completed meets the English proficiency policy of that institution.

Test 

Minimum Score 

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

70

CanTEST (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking/Oral Bands). No Band below 4.0

4.5

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Version)

6.5

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

85

TOEFL Paper-based

580;
550 Engineering only

TOEFL Internet-based (DI code: 0830)

80