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
  • For Mathematics, including Computer Science programs (no co-op programs)
    • if you have English language test scores just below our English Language admission requirements, you may be enrolled in iBASE, an intensive 7-week summer session
  • For Mathematics, including Computer Science programs (no co-op programs)
    • if your English language test scores do not qualify you for iBASE, you'll be enrolled in 1 term of the BASE program

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

For Arts/BASE, Health/BASE, Environment/BASE, Math/BASE, and Science/BASE

If we receive a passing score before August 15, 2021, 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 July 13, 2021 (the first day of classes 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.

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