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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 10, 2015

Canadian Excellence

English Proficiency Requirements & ESL Programs

Language Test

Minimum Score

Test of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet-based test (IBT) Overall score of 83 with a minimum of 20 in each component
Pearson Test of English Language 59
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 85
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) 70, with no part below 60

The English Language Requirements are for undergraduate programs only. Our Graduate Studies programs have separate requirements.

EXEMPTIONS -Exemptions may be granted to applicants who have studied successfully in an English-instructional education system, on a full-time basis for a minimum of three years (ESL studies notto be included in 3 years), and who can presentacceptable grades in English and other Humanities/Social Science courses from their senior high school year.

Please arrange to have an official copy of your TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB score sent directly to the Admissions Office from the testing organization.LAURIER INSTITUTION CODEFORTESTING CENTRES: 0893

Note: Students entering the double degree programs with the University of Waterloo must meet UW's English proficiency requirements.

Conditional Admission Upon Completion Of ESL

Conditional Offers of Admission will be awarded for September 2013 entry to academically qualified students who are enrolled in and plan to complete an English Language Certificate Program with one of our recognized ESL programs. This means that a conditional Offer of Admission to Laurier can be awarded at the same time as an Offer is made to your Laurier-affiliated English language program. This will appeal to applicants who want the certainty of two Letters of Acceptance before they leave home, which will cover the English language training and the subsequent time spent at Laurier. Conditions will be removed upon completion of the English language program at the level and grade specified and submission of final official transcripts.

Laurier English & Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English & Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program will allow academically qualified students who do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirements the opportunity to receive a conditional offer of admission pending completion of the 5-level program. That means no TOEFL or IELTS scores are required. In each calendar year there are two 14-week cycles and two 8-week intensive cycles. Upon arrival, students will be given a placement test to determine which of the five levels is best suited for them. Our courses will focus on academic English. They are designed to prepare students for success in university. For starting points and tuition fees please visit the LEAF section of our website.

Our Education Partners

Laurier will accept successful completion of the following English Language Certificate Programs as proof of language proficiency for admission to undergraduate programs:

Renison University College
English for Academic Success Program
Level 400 minimum grade 75%

University of Guelph
ESL University Preparation Program
Advanced Level minimum grade 75%

Conestoga College
English Language Studies Program
Level 4 minimum grade of 70%
*UW joint degree applicants must also meet UW proficiency requirements
Conestoga Language Institute