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Language Proficiency

Since English is the primary language of instruction and communication at McGill, you must demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency prior to admission to McGill, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin.

Proof of proficiency - not required

If you answer "yes" to any of the following seven statements, you do NOT need to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • Have you lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language?
  • Have you completed Secondary V and a DEC at a French CEGEP in Quebec?
  • Have you completed a DEC at an English CEGEP in Quebec, during or later than 2003?
  • Have you or will you complete a French Baccalaureate - Option Internationale (British or American section)?
  • Have you or will you complete the International Baccalaureate English A with a final result of 5 or better?
  • Have you or will you complete the British Curriculum A-Level English with a final grade of C or better?
  • Have you completed the British Curriculum GCSE / IGCSE / GCE O-Level English, English Language, English First Language, or English as a Second Language with a final grade of 'B' or better?

Proof of proficiency - required

If you do not meet any of the above-listed conditions, you must demonstrate proficiency in English using one of the following options:

McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English
Department of Languages and Translation Centre
for Continuing Education
688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1199
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3R1
Tel.: 514 398-6160
Fax : 514 398-2650

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Educational Testing Services (ETS)
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey, 08541-6151 U.S.A.

Paper-based minimum score (PBT): 577
New Internet-based composite score (IBT): 90*
* each individual component with a minimum
 score of 21

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
The British Council Street
Manchester, UK, M15 4AA

The minimum acceptable score is 6.5. Only the Academic Version will be accepted.

Your test results must be reported directly to the University by the test centre; consequently, candidates' copies of results, unless certified, will not be accepted as proof of English language proficiency. It is your responsibility to ensure that the official test results in an official format are forwarded directly to McGill (Institution Code: 0935) by the testing service.


If you answered "yes" to either of the following two questions, you may be asked to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • Do you consider English to be your first language?
  • Have you been attending school at an accredited institution (in a non-English country) where English is the main language of instruction?

Basic knowledge of French

As dental students, you will be in regular contact with francophone patients in the teaching hospitals. Thus, applicants are expected to acquire a basic knowledge of the French language either before submitting their application or during their studies. Having a basic knowledge of French will be seen as an asset.

Here are a few programs offered to learn French: