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Language proficiency

Applicants should check their prospective program’s requirements, as individual programs may require a higher minimum score. In all cases, the University reserves the right to require a proficiency test if it is deemed necessary.

The language of instruction at Concordia is English. If your primary language is not English, you must write a pre-admission proficiency test, unless you are exempted (see below). Proof of proficiency in English must be provided by achieving the appropriate score on one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum acceptable score for the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT) is 90 and no part under 20 (for the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 85 and no part under 20)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum part score for IELTS is 6.5 and no part under 6.5 (for the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science minimum overall score of 6.5)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): The minimum acceptable score for the PTE is 61 or higher and no part under 53 (Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science: 57 or higher and no part under 53)
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): The minimum acceptable score for the CAEL is 70
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):
    • The minimum acceptable score for the CAE is: A or 190
    • The minimum acceptable score for the CPE is: C

Results are valid for a period of two years from the date of the language test.

Exemptions

Personal

If your primary language is not English, regardless of citizenship, you may be exempted from the proficiency test if you meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of three full years of study at the undergraduate or graduate level in an institution where English is recognized as the official language of instruction (candidates with a minimum of three full years of study at the undergraduate or graduate level from the following countries are exempted from providing a proficiency test);
  • Quebec applicants, the completion of a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) and a university degree in Quebec;
  • For JMSB applicants applying to the professional programs, a minimum of three years’ full-time work experience in an English milieu, and a successful personal interview.

Program

If you apply to the following programs, you may be exempted from the English proficiency testing:

  • Certain graduate programs within Études françaises
  • Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development (French admission year)
  • Master’s in Hispanic Studies

Minimum English Proficiency Score for Graduate Admission

The following chart provides a list of the English proficiency tests and the acceptable scores that are recognized by Concordia University for admission consideration:

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language

Faculties:
Arts and Science, Fine Arts and John Molson School of Business:

Internet-based TOEFL Score (iBT)     

Admission

90 or higher and no part under 20

No English language courses required

Between 80-89 or any part under 20

Some programs offer admission with additional English language courses as determined by a Concordia University placement test

Scores below 80: No Admission
Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science:

Internet-based TOEFL Score (iBT)   

Admission

85 or higher and no part under 20 No English language courses required

Between 75-84 or any part under 20

Required English Courses:
Scores between 80-84: ENCS 6721
Scores between 75-79: ENCS 5721 & ENCS 6721
Scores below 75: No Admission

To ensure your TOEFL results are forwarded directly to Concordia University, you must indicate 0956.00 as the "Institution Code" when you write the test. For more information on the test or to register, visit toefl.org

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

Faculties:
Arts and Science, Fine Arts and John Molson School of Business:

IELTS Score (iBT)

Admission

Minimum overall score of 6.5  and no part under 6.5

No English language courses required

Overall Score of 6.5 and no part under 6.0

Some programs offer admission with additional English language courses as determined by a Concordia University placement test

Scores below 6.0: No Admission
Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science:

IELTS Score (iBT)

Admission

Minimum overall score of 6.5 No English language courses required

Overall Score of 6.0 and no part under 5.5

Required English Courses:
ENCS 5721 and 6721
Scores below 6.0: No Admission

Candidates must take the "Academic Module." For more information on the test, or to register: ielts.org

PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Faculties:
Arts and Science, Fine Arts and John Molson School of Business:

PEARSON

Admission

61 or higher and no part under 53

No English language courses required

Between 52 and 60 or any part under 53

Some programs offer admission with additional English language courses as determined by a Concordia University placement test

Scores below 52: No Admission
Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science:

PEARSON

Admission

57 or higher and no part under 53 No English language courses required

Scores between 50-56 and no part  under 53

English language courses required
Scores between 52-56 ENCS 6721
Scores between 50-51 ENCS 5721 & 6721
Scores below 50: No Admission

Candidates please take note:

  • All required English courses are in addition to the graduate degree requirements.
  • The test centre must report test results directly to the Admissions Application Centre.
  • Candidates who do not meet the minimum language requirements are advised to look into language support services that may help improve their English language skills prior to re-taking the proficiency test.
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