Language Requirements

To be exempt from these requirements, you must have studied full time in an English-language school system for the 4 most recent years preceding the beginning of your studies at the University of Waterloo.

The requirements are separate from, and in addition to, the requirement to present Ontario 4U English (or equivalent), if it is listed as a specific requirement for a program. A 4U English is required for most programs.

If you do not meet the requirements, you may be considered for entry into an English-language pathway program.


Score Notes
Minimum TOEFL Score iBT: 90 total with 25 Writing and 25 Speaking
Minimum IELTS Score Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5 overall, 6.5 writing, 6.5 speaking, 6.0 reading, 6.0 listening
Note: If you achieve an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score below 6.0, you may be given individual consideration for admission for the Faculty of Mathematics only.
Minimum CAEL Score 70 overall, with no band below 60
70 Writing and 70 Speaking
PTE (Pearson Test of English) 63 overall, writing 65, speaking 65
Other Test Scores English For Academic Success (EFAS): 75% overall in 400 level, with 75% in each of Academic, Oral and Writing