English language requirements for BASE

Depending on your English language test score and the academic requirements of the program you applied to, you will be admitted to either 1 or 2 terms of BASE.

  • For Engineering programs other than Architecture
    • if you have English language test scores just below our English Language requirements, you may be enrolled in iBASE, an intensive 7-week summer session
  • For Engineering programs other than Architecture  
    • if your English language test scores do not qualify you for iBASE, you'll be enrolled in 2 terms of the BASE program because of when the undergraduate courses you need are offered
  • For Health Studies; Kinesiology; Public Health; Global Business and Digital Arts;  Environment and Business; Environment, Resources and Sustainability; and Planning
    • you'll be enrolled in 2 terms of BASE because of when the undergraduate courses you need are offered

Minimum English language scores to be enrolled in BASE

 

Test

Minimum score

iBASE

1 term in BASE

2 terms in BASE

Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
(Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Overall 85, minimum 20 per band 

Overall 80-89

OR

Overall 90, less than 25 in writing and speaking

Overall 74-79

IELTS
(International English Language Testing System)

Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 per band

Overall 6.5, 6.0 in writing

Overall 5.5 - 6.0, 5.0 in writing

OR

Overall 6.5, writing less than 6.0 

MELAB
(Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

Overall 80, minimum 78 per band

Overall 78-84

OR

Overall 85, any section less than 80 and speaking less than 3.0

 Overall 70-77

CAEL
(Canadian Academic English Language Assessment)

Overall 60, minimum 60 per band

Overall 60

Overall 50

PTE Academic
(Pearson Test of English)

Overall 62, minimum 60 per band

Overall 58-62

OR

Overall 63, writing and speaking less than 65

Overall 50-57

EFAS
(English for Academic Success)

n/a

Overall 75% at the 300-level

Overall 70-74% at the 300-level

OR

Overall 80% at the 200-level

Note: Tests that do not appear on the list are not accepted for admission.

What happens if I receive a passing score after accepting my offer to BASE?

For Arts/BASE, AHS/BASE, Environment/BASE, and Science/BASE

If we receive a passing score before June 7, 2019, we will reconsider your application. If the admission committee is satisfied, you will be able to start your degree studies directly.

For Engineering/BASE

If you have received an offer of admission to Engineering/BASE and you submit a passing test score, we may reassess your application. Decisions on reassessment will be made on a case-by-case basis. There is no guarantee that you will be able to start an Engineering program as this depends on the number of spaces still available in the program.

For iBASE

If we receive a passing score before June 7, 2019 (the registration date for the iBASE program) and you have received an offer of admission to iBASE, we will reconsider your application. If the admission committee is satisfied, you will be able to start your degree studies directly.

Where do I send my English language test scores?

The test centre must send your official English language test scores directly to our Registrar's Office. We do not accept faxes and student copies of test scores.

See how and when to submit your English language proficiency scores.

Faculties that offer BASE

Applied Health Sciences/BASEArts/BASEEngineering/BASEEnvironment/BASEScience/BASE