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. 

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 center in a timely manner.

At the discretion of the university, you may be exempted from this requirement 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.

NOTE:

  • 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)
  • 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.
English Language Test Minimum Acceptable Score
IELTS(International English Language Testing System) 6.5 Overall  with a minimum of 5.0 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
CAE: (Cambridge English: Advanced) Requirements after January 2015: Minimum overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176, with no less than 154 in each of the components.
Requirements prior to January 2015: Grade B with a minimum of ‘Good’ on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking Listening)
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

Statement for Application Fraud

If McMaster concludes based on reasonable grounds that the applicant has falsified any information presented to the University as part of his or her application, without limiting any other rights of McMaster available at law, McMaster reserves the right to revoke the offer and, subject to applicable law and University Policy, to terminate a student’s registration.   More information on McMaster’s policy can be found on the Statement for Application Fraud page. 

Without limiting McMaster’s General Statement on Collection of Personal Information and Protection of Privacy, please take note that McMaster University collects and retains personal information of applicants for admissions to McMaster University under the authority of The McMaster University Act, 1976. This information may be used for the administration of admissions and registration and, subject to McMaster University policies (as may be amended or revoked from time to time), McMaster may disclose any evidence of misrepresentation, fraud or falsification of admissions documentation to other educational institutions, to government agencies, to law-enforcement agencies and to other relevant third parties.  The information you provide on any application for admissions will be protected and used in compliance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSO 1990) and will be disclosed only in accordance with this Act. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact the University Registrar, University Hall, Room 209, Student Records, Gilmour Hall, Room 108, or the University Secretary, Gilmour Hall, Room 210, McMaster University.