English Language Proficiency - Undergraduate

English Language Proficiency Requirements

(Information regarding Graduate ELP requirements can be found on the Graduate Studies and Research page.)

The language of instruction at the University of Regina is English. All applicants to the University of Regina must therefore demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in the English language. The following will be accepted as satisfactory evidence:

  1. Completion of grades 11 and 12 English, in sequence, as part of two full academic years, in a high school using a provincially- or state-accredited Canadian or U.S. curriculum OR a grade of 80% or better in a grade 12 provincially-examined English course, as part of one full term of study.
  2. Successful completion of the English as a Second Language (Advanced EAP) program or a minimum average score of 55 on the ESL placement exam both offered through the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Regina. For further information, please contact English as a Second Language Office, Room 114, South Residence, University of Regina, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2, Tel: (306) 585-4585 or esl@uregina.ca.
  3. Successful completion of at least 24 credit hours (University of Regina degree level equivalent) in an approved English-language post-secondary institution, including at least 6 credit hours in humanities or social science subjects and with a minimum grade point average of 60.00% or equivalent.
  4. Advanced Placement English (grade of 3 or better) or International Baccalaureate Higher English (grade of 4 or better) or SAT II English (required score varies).
  5. GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O' Level English, English Language, or English as a Second Language with minimum grade of 'B' or GCE A/AS/AICE Level English or English Language with minimum grade of 'C'.
  6. One of the following tests will also be accepted. Test results must be received by the Admissions Office directly from the testing service before the deadline for receipt of application documents.

Acceptable English Language Proficiency Test Results

If you do not meet one of the above, you will be required to submit language proficiency test results. Test results must be sent to the Admissions Office directly from the testing service by the application deadline.

Test MINIMUM SCORE REQUIRED For All Faculties (Except Nursing)



(Test of English as a
Foreign Language)

*Institutional TOEFL will
not be accepted

Internet Based*:Overall 80
Reading: 19; Listening: 19; Speaking: 18; Writing: 18

Internet-based: Overall 90
Reading: 20, Listening: 22,
Speaking: 26, Writing: 20

Test of English as a Foreign Language

CN 6151, Princeton, New Jersey,
USA, 08541-6151

(609) 771-7100 or www.toefl.org/index.html

Paper Based: 550; Minimum Essay Score of 3.5

Paper-based: Overall 580
Listening: 50, Speaking: 50,
Writing: 5.0, Reading: 5.0

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Overall Band score of 6.5, with no band less than 5.0

Overall Band score of 7.0 with no band less than 5.0 and 7.0 or higher in Speaking

The British Council, IELTS Enquiries
Bridgewater House, 58 Whitworth Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
0161 957 7755 or www.ielts.org

CanTest (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)

  • Listening 4.5
  • Reading 4.5
  • Writing 4.0
  • Listening: 4.5
  • Reading: 4.5
  • Writing: 4.5
  • Speaking: 5.0

English as a Second Language Office
Room 114, South Residence, University of Regina
Regina, SK, S4S 0A2
Tel: (306) 585-4585

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment)


Minimum score of 70 with a minimum sub-score of 70 in Speaking and minimum sub-scores of 60 in all other components

CAEL Assessment Office, 110-2925 Virtual Way, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5M 4X5
1-855-520-2235 or www.cael.ca

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)



English Language Institute, University of Michigan,
TCF Building, 401 East Liberty Street, Ste 350, Ann Arbor MI, 48104-2298, USA
Tel: (734) 764-2413 or http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/

CELT (Comprehensive English Language Test) - restricted to Francophone students



Language Institute, Room 216
University of Regina,
Regina, SK, S4S 0A2
Tel: (306) 585-4828

*Internet based TOEFL minimum scores are under review and are subject to change without notice.
For further information contact International Admissions, University of Regina, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2, telephone (306) 585-4591, email enrolment.services@uregina.ca


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