English language requirements for iBASE

If you meet Waterloo's academic admission requirements, and meet the English language requirement for the Intensive Bridge to Academic Success in English (iBASE) program, you may be admitted if the honours program you applied to offers iBASE. 


Minimum score


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

Overall 85, minimum 20 per band 

(International English Language Testing System)

Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 per band

(Canadian Academic English Language Assessment)

Overall 60, minimum 60 per band

PTE Academic
(Pearson Test of English)

Overall 62, minimum 60 per band

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

C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency

Overall 105

105 in literacy and 105 in production

Results will not be accepted without subscores

(English for Academic Success)


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

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.

NOTE: If we receive a passing score before June 7, 2024, 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.

NOTE: If you have already registered for iBASE and requested to live in Renison residence during the summer, you will still need to arrange accommodation for the fall term.  Your spot in Renison residence for iBASE will not be held for the fall term.