Language Requirements

English-Language Proficiency Requirements 

Each student granted admission to Western University must be proficient in spoken and written English. All students applying for undergraduate admission whose first language is not English will be required to provide acceptable proof of English-language proficiency. You are encouraged to write a test at the earliest possible date and, at the latest, before March 2022. Scores for any test written before January 1, 2020, may not be accepted.

You may be considered for an English-proficiency exemption if you studied for 4 full-time years in a Ministry-approved high school in Ontario or other Canadian provinces, and successfully completed Grade 12 English, ENG4U or its equivalent. This exemption does not apply to Nursing programs.

Applicants from other countries who have a total of 4 years of formal education in an English-speaking school system where English is the primary language and language of instruction, may be considered for an exemption on an individual basis. The Admissions Committee will consider all previous and current academic work and all documentation submitted in support of an application for an exemption.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office may require you to write a test of English proficiency. At the discretion of the University, you may be asked to present further evidence of English proficiency if your English proficiency score does not match your academic English prerequisite achievement.

Find additional details on acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Note: English-language proficiency requirements for admission to Undergraduate Nursing programs are different than the requirements for other programs at Western. For more information, visit the Nursing website.

Test Score
Minimum TOEFL Score 550 PBT, with a 5 on the TWE
83 iBT, with no score below 20
Western's TOEFL Institution Code: 0984
Minimum IELTS Score A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required, with no part less than 6.0
Minimum CAEL Score A minimum overall score of 60 is required, with no part less than 60
CANTest A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required, with no part less than 4.0
PTE (Pearson Test of English) A minimum overall score of 58 with no score less than 56
Other Test Scores Other Acceptable English-Language Programs:
Western English Language Centre at Western University - Level Required: High Advanced Level.
CultureWorks - Level Required: Level 7 (former Level "D").
Fanshawe College - Level Required: Level 10 (former Level 5) and a grade of "A" is required.
Duolingo - Level Required: A minimum of 115 overall and a minimum of 100 for each subscore.

Last Test Date

2022-Apr-16 - Latest test date is mid-March. Results must be received by April 16.