English Language Proficiency

 

Undergraduate

Some students may be asked to demonstrate an adequate level of English Language Proficiency prior to admission to McGill regardless of citizenship status or country of origin.

M.Sc.(A) CFT Program

Some applicants to graduate programs at McGill University, including the Qualifying Year of study for entry into the MSW Non-Thesis program, will be required to demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English prior to admission. For more details, please consult the McGill English Language Proficiency website.

Normally, applicants meeting one of the following conditions are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English:

  • Mother tongue (language first learned and still used on a daily basis) is English.
  • Has lived and attended school, or been employed, for at least four consecutive years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language.
  • Has obtained (or is about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution in Canada or the United States of America (Anglophone or Francophone).

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

For non-native speakers of English, a minimum score of 220 on the computer version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 86 on the iBT version with a minimum score of 20 in each section is required.  Fluency in English verbal expression is required as this program is focused on the development of communication skills which includes understanding meaning systems and language expression.

Graduate Programs (QY/MSW/Joint PhD)

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

McGill University has this language requirement to ensure that all students will have the opportunity for success in their chosen program. Below you will find information on when proof of proficiency is required, not required and where exemptions may occur.

Proof of proficiency - not required

Normally, if you meet any one of the following conditions you are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English:

  • Mother tongue (language first learned and still used on a daily basis) is English
  • Has obtained (or is about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction
  • Has obtained (or is about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution in Canada or the United States of America (anglophone or francophone)
  • Has lived and attended university, or been employed, for at least four consecutive years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language.

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:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are:

iBT (internet based test)

FOR SOCIAL WORK APPLICANTS: the minimum TOEFL score is 96 overall (no less than 24 in each of the four component scores)

PBT (paper based test): Overall score is 590

The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results.

 N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): FOR SOCIAL WORK APPLICANTS: an overall ban score of 8.0. (each individual component of reading, writing, listening, and speaking must have a minimum score of 7.5) (Academic module).

Effective for applicants to Winter 2015,  McGill University only accepts IELTS scores submitted electronically by an IELTS test center. No paper test report forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required. Applicants must directly ask the test center where the test is taken to send the test scores to McGill electronically using the IELTS system.  IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to McGill.  

  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): a mark of 85% or higher
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): a grade of “B” (Good) or higher
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of “C” (Pass) or higher
  • Edexcel London Test of English – Level 4 – with an overall grade of at least “Merit Pass”
  • Edexcel London Test of English – Level 5 – with an overall grade of at least “Pass”
  • McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency awarded.

In each case, you must ensure that the official test results are sent directly to McGill (Institution Code: 0935) by the testing service. Students cannot upload their results themselves, nor can administration upload paper copies of their results. Applications cannot be considered if test results are not available. These scores are the general minimum; some departments may set higher requirements.

Exemptions

Applicants who have completed a degree program at universities in the following countries may be exempt from showing proof of proficiency in English.

Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Australia Bahamas Barbados
Belize Bhutan Botswana Canada Cayman Islands
Dominica Eritrea Ethiopia Fiji Gambia
Ghana Greneda Guyana Hong Kong India
Ireland Jamaica Kenya Kiribati Lesotho
Liberia Malawi Marshall Islands Micronsia Namibia
New Zealand Nigeria Palau Papua New Guinea Pakistan
Saint Kitts & Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Seychelles Sierra Leone
Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa Swaziland Tanzania
Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Uganda United Kingdom United States of America
Zambia Zimbabwe      
 

*Applicants from the Chinese University of Hong Kong are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

±Some applicants from South Africa may be required to provide proof of English proficiency as not all universities teach in English.