English Proficiency

 If you have been asked to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster. Acceptable tests of English Language Proficiency and their respective minimum score requirements are listed below. 

English Language Test Minimum Acceptable Score

IELTS - International English Language Testing System (Academic)

6.5 Overall  with a minimum of 5.0 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening) Valid for 2 years.
CAE - Cambridge English: Advanced 176 Overall  with minimum score of 154 in each component. Valid for 2 years.
PTE - Pearson Test of English Academic 60 Overall with minimum score of 60 in Writing and Speaking. Valid for 2 years
CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language 70 Overall Valid for 2 years
MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery 85 Overall Valid for 2 years
Minimum 80 in each of the three required components
Minimum 3 in optional speaking component (Required)
TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) IBT: 86 overall with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)Valid for 2 years
  •   Important Instructions / Notes  

    • It is your responsibility to make all arrangements regarding the writing of the English Language Proficiency tests and to have the official score report forwarded to the Enrolment Services (Admissions Office) directly from the testing centre in a timely manner. Please refer to our deadlines and documentation pages. 
       
    • Canadian citizenship, in and of itself, is not enough to satisfy the English Language Requirements, nor does a credit in Grade 12 English (or the equivalent)
    • Students attending a Canadian curriculum offshore school in China are required to submit an English Language Proficiency test
    • Students currently attending an Ontario high school and previously attended a Canadian curriculum offshore in China will be required to provide an English Language Proficiency test
    • The University reserves the right to require applicants with an English Language Proficiency score disparate from their academic English prerequisite achievement to present further evidence of proficiency.
    •  If evidence of misrepresentation of fraudulent or falsified documentation is found, the penalty is severe. McMaster University reserves the right to rescind any Offer of Admission and/or scholarship. 
       
    • The Undergraduate MD program requires a minimum of three years of study at an English-medium university. More information about the admission requirements for Medicine at McMaster can be found at:http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/mdprog
    • The McMaster University institution code for ETS/TOEFL is 0936.
  •   Exemptions  

    At the discretion of the university, you may be exempted from McMaster’s English proficiency testing requirements if you meet one of the following requirements (exemption is not automatic):

    1. Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited Secondary School (High School) or Post-Secondary College in an English-speaking country for at least three years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster, OR

    2. Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited English medium Secondary School (High School) or Post-Secondary College for at least three years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster,* OR

    3. Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited English medium University for at least one year immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster, OR

    4. Resided in an English speaking country for at least four years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster.

      MELD – McMaster English Language Development Diploma  

    The MELD program is intended for international students whose primary language is not English and who wish to improve their oral and written communication skills, and succeed in an English-speaking university environment.

    MELD Details 

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