Language Requirements

Students are not required to submit results of a standardized test of English-language proficiency if they have:

  • completed an IB diploma in English (Standard Level English B is not acceptable), or
  • completed the full GCE program (O Levels, AS Levels, and A Levels), or
  • lived in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language for the most recent three years prior to beginning their studies at Queen's, or
  • attended an educational institution full-time where English is the language of instruction for the most recent three years prior to beginning their studies at Queen's.

Note: Queen's University reserves the right to request results of a standardized test of English-language proficiency.

Score Notes
Minimum TOEFL Score

88 overall iBT (24 Writing, 22 Speaking, 22 Reading, 20 Listening)

580 PBT

58 overall iBT for consideration to the QBridge Pathway

Minimum MELAB Score 90
Minimum IELTS Score 6.5 (academic module)
5.5 (academic module) for consideration to the QBridge Pathway
Minimum CAEL Score Overall band of 70 (no band below 60)
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Overall score of 60
Other Test Scores Queen's School of English: Students who achieve a high standing on a 12-week English for Academic Purposes advanced-level course through Queen's School of English may be eligible for an English proficiency exam waiver. Queen's University's English-Language Bridging Pathway (QBridge): The QBridge pathway provides an opportunity to students who are academically qualified for admission but lacking the necessary English-language proficiency to gain admission to Queen's. Students complete the fall and winter sessions of the English for Academic Purposes Program at Queen's School of English before progressing to their undergraduate studies the following September. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum standardized English-language proficiency test scores: 50 TOEFL iBT, 5.5 IELTS, 61 MELAB, or 43 PTE. An eight-week accelerated QBridge program is available to students with slightly higher test scores: 80 TOEFL iBT, 6.0 IELTS, 78 MELAB, or 55 PTE.

English-language proficiency test results must be received by April 30.