Language Requirements

Students who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency. Registration in a graduate program will not be permitted until official test results have been received. You should obtain an acceptable test score before entering Canada.

If you have successfully completed a degree, for a minimum of three consecutive years, in an English speaking country, or in an institution where the language of instruction was English, your English language requirement will be considered fulfilled. Click here to view a list of countries, or institutions within non-exempt countries, where students who have completed a minimum of three consecutive years of instruction in English, do not need to show English language proficiency.

The College of Graduate Studies and Research sets the minimum requirements for admission. Some programs have higher requirements. Please check the website of your chosen graduate program. Click here for program listing and website addresses.

These are the minimum English proficiency requirements for admission set by the College of Graduate Studies and Research for the most common test types.

Test Minimum in
each area
Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL IBT) 20 80 18
International English language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 6.5 6.0
CanTEST * 4.5 4.5 4.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) 59 59 54

* Would require evaluation of speaking skills as well.

Students with an overall score that meets the requirements, but with a remedial minimum in only one area (reading, writing, speaking or listening), may be admitted. This requires the recommendation of the academic unit, and approval from the College of Graduate Studies and Research. The student will be required to take a remedial part-time English class during their first term.

The following tests are also accepted for proof of English proficiency. There are no remedial levels for these tests.

Test Minimum Required Score
Regina Test of English Proficiency (RTEP) 77%
TOEFL (computer based) 213
TOEFL (paper based)
University Preparation 2 (U-PREP 2) from the U of S Language Centre 75%
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 85
University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) C or higher
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) 60%
University of Regina Intensive ESL Advanced Level (ESL 050); Plus Academic Writing Elective A


All scores must be from one exam date, not to be combined with other exam dates. Tests are valid for two years after the testing date. Scores must be valid (no more than two years old) at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.

For the TOEFL, our Institution Code is 0980. For more information go to the TOEFL website.

For information on the Graduate Pathways Certificate visit here.