ELP examinations and scores

Waterloo's accepted ELP examinations and required scores are outlined in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar — English language proficiency section. 

As you view the required scores in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, there are a few important things to note:

Before you apply

  • ELP test scores are valid for two years from the test date. 
  • Tests that do not appear on the ELP requirement charts are not accepted for admission consideration.
  • Letters from your university stating the medium of instruction is English do not satisfy our requirements, please do not upload them.
  • Waterloo reserves the right to request an English language test result from any applicant. 

When applying

  • Declare your ELP test scores and date of test on your online application.

  • If you have not yet taken an ELP test but have scheduled a test, declare the test date.

After you apply

Uploading your documents:

  • Upload a copy of your original test score (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CAEL, EFAS) in Quest.

If you have not yet taken an ELP test AND have not declared a test date on your application:

  • Arrange for original test scores to be sent to us directly from the testing agency.

  • When ordering your TOEFL from the Education Testing Service (ETS) use:
    • Institution code - 0996 (University of Waterloo)
    • Department Code - 01 (Graduate Studies)
  • When ordering your IELTS from the agency:
    • Name of Institution - University of Waterloo
    • Waterloo receives results electronically, so you do not need to courier us a paper copy of the results.