English Proficiency Requirements

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  1. Take your exam and request your official scores to be sent to our office right away.
  2. Make sure you upload your unofficial scores with your online application.
  3. The official scores might take some time to get to our office. An admission officer will process and validate your official scores once they are received. 
  4. Check the status of your documents in the online application system. 

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants from a university outside Canada at which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are:

Minimum overall score of 70, with no section score less than 60.

  • C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English).
  • C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English).

Minimum overall score of 180, with no section score less than 176.

*These test results do not expire.

75% in each component of the 600-level courses.

Minimum overall score of 125, with no section score less than 115.

*This test will be accepted provisionally through 2025 Summer.

Minimum overall band score of 6.5, with no individual score less than 6.0.

When ordering test scores, please use our office address (located at the bottom of this page) and list the following under additional information:

  • Name of Department Head: College of Graduate Studies
  • Email ID for Department Head: gradadmissions.ok@ubc.ca
  • Contact Number of Department Head: 250 807 8772

Minimum overall score of 64, with no section score less than 59.

Minimum overall score of 65, with no section score less than 60.

90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing & Speaking.

MyBest Scores that meet the above minimum scores are acceptable as meeting the English language test requirements.

UBC’s TOEFL institution code is 0965

10 overall, with no section score less than 8.5.

MyBest Scores that meet the above minimum scores are acceptable as meeting the English test requirements.

UBC Okanagan’s institution code is 2499

*This test will be accepted provisionally through 2025 Summer.

Individual graduate programs may set higher English language proficiency scores than those listed above.  Please check the program requirements for your area of study.

English language test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the College of Graduate Studies to be considered official.

The English proficiency test checklist item is added to all applications, both international and domestic. It will be removed for eligible applicants once your file is reviewed by an officer. Please allow up to 10 business days for processing.

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