English Proficiency Requirements
At Western, admission consideration is based on academic qualifications along with evidence of English proficiency for those applicants whose first language is not English. You must therefore submit proof of English language proficiency before being considered for admission.
Western is an English language university and it is important to your success at Western that you are proficient in both spoken and written English. All students must demonstrate the ability to speak and write clearly and correctly. To encourage aptitude in the use of the English language, Western's instructors consider proficiency in English when assigning grades. Work presented in English in any subject, at any level, which shows a lack of proficiency in English may either be failed or, at the discretion of the instructor, returned to the student for revision to a literate level.
Nursing Applicants: English language proficiency requirements for admission to Undergraduate Nursing programs are different than requirements for other programs at Western. Please refer to Nursing's website for further information.
English Language Proficiency Tests
You are encouraged to write a test at the earliest possible date and at the latest before March 2020. Scores for any test written before January 1, 2018 may not be accepted.
The Undergraduate Admissions Office reserves the right to require any applicant to write a test of English proficiency. If your first language is not English, you will be required to write one of the following acceptable English language proficiency tests:
1. IELTS International
The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP Education Australia with tests offered across the world up to four times a month.
IELTS Academic is required with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0.
We only accept scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required. To send us your scores, contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your scores be submitted electronically to our account via the IELTS Results Service.
You must provide the following information to your test center when submitting:
- IELTS Results Service Account name: Western University
- IELTS Results Service Account address: 1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8
2. TOEFL Internet based (iBT), Paper-based (PBT) and the TWE
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) on several dates at a number of locations throughout the world.
The minimum score required on the internet-based TOEFL is 83 with no score below 20, and a 550 on the paperbased test with a 5 on the TWE.
We only accept scores submitted electronically by the TOEFL test center. Western's Institution Code for TOEFL is 0984. Please leave the department code blank to ensure that it is received by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
3. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
The Pearson Test of English Academic offered by Pearson is a computer-based test for English study abroad that is offered in various countries internationally.
A minimum overall score of 58 is required with no score less than 56.
The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) offered* by the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute, is an acceptable English as a foreign language (EFL) examination and is administered monthly at authorized test centres in various countries.
A minimum overall score of 80 is required with no score less than 78.
Note: The MELAB is no longer being offered by Michigan Language Assessment. Michigan Language Assessment will discontinue accepting score report requests in July 2020.
The CanTEST is managed by the University of Ottawa and is offered in various provinces within Canada.
A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required with no part less than 4.0.
6. Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency
A Cambridge English Qualification, the C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency tests of academic English are offered in various countries internationally.
A minimum overall score of 176 with a minimum score of 169 in each component is required.
The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) is a English language test developed in Canada and offered in various countries internationally.
A minimum overall score of 60 is required with no part less than 60.
If you are in a region impacted by test centre closures due to COVID-19, the university will temporarily accept the Duolingo English Test to meet our undergraduate English Language Proficiency requirements for September 2020. Duolingo English Tests taken after March 1, 2020 will be accepted.
A minimum overall score of 115 is required.
Duolingo is not accepted for admission to the Nursing program. Please refer to Nursing's website for a list of acceptable tests and score requirements.
9. The English Language Centre at Western University
a.) The Academic English Program at the English Language Centre at Western University. Successful completion of the High Advanced Level at the English Language Centre at Western University may be used as proof of English Language proficiency. Students may be considered for conditional admission to attend Western after successful completion of the Academic English program, provided that they meet the academic requirements for admission to Western.
b.) The English Boost Program at the English Language Center at Western University. The English Boost program is designed for students who have been offered conditional admission to Western based on their academic background but who fall just below Western’s English language proficiency requirements. The English Boost program begins in early July and provides nine weeks of training prior to the start of undergraduate degree programs in September to give students the ‘boost’ they need to meet Western’s English proficiency requirements and succeed in their degree. Applicants to Western’s Main Campus are automatically considered for Boost if they are deemed academically admissible and are just below the English language proficiency requirements. No additional application is required.
10. Fanshawe College ESL Program
The English as a Second Language Program offered by Fanshawe College may be used as proof of English Language proficiency. Students who receive a final grade of 'A' in Level Ten of the program at the time of application to The University of Western Ontario are considered to demonstrate the level of English language proficiency required for admission and will not be required to provide further proof of English language proficiency. Students may be considered for conditional admission to attend Western after successful completion of Level Ten at Fanshawe, provided that they meet the academic requirements for admission to Western.
Successful completion of the Level 7 at CultureWorks may be used as proof of English language proficiency. Individuals who apply to CultureWorks may be considered for conditional admission to attend Western after successful completion of Level 7 at CultureWorks, provided that they meet the academic requirements for admission to Western.
12. Brescia Preliminary Year + Language
Successful completion of the Brescia Preliminary Year + Language program may be used as proof of English Language proficiency. Students who achieve a minimum grade of 75% in each language course at the time of application to The University of Western Ontario are considered to demonstrate the level of English language proficiency required for admission and will not be required to provide further proof of English language proficiency.