English language requirements for BASE

If you meet Waterloo's academic admission requirements, but don’t meet the English language requirement, you may be admitted to the Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) program or the Intensive Bridge to Academic Success in English (iBASE) program if the honours program you applied to offers BASE or iBASE.

The English language test you submitted to Waterloo and your academic program admission requirements will determine which BASE session you are eligible for. The session you qualify for will be on your offer of admission.

 

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 

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

Cambridge English
(Effective Fall 2022)
Overall 170, minimum 170 per band

C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency
Overall 170, minimum 165 writing and 165 speaking

C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency

Overall 160, minimum 154 writing and 154 speaking

C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency

Duolingo

Overall 105

Results will not be accepted without subscores

Overall 95

Results will not be accepted without subscores

Overall 85

Results will not be accepted without subscores

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

If we receive a passing score before August 15, 2022, 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 12, 2022 (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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