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English-Language Proficiency

English language proficiency is an essential skill in English-dominant schools in Ontario. All Teacher Education Candidates (TECs) must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English. Students, who, after admission, show an inadequate command of spoken or written English may be required to withdraw from the program.

Applicants who have not studied for a minimum of four years in an English-language institution, including their most recent degree, must provide evidence of English proficiency prior to admission. Normally, this evidence is an acceptable score on one of the following tests, taken within the previous two years:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): On a single test, you must have an overall score of at least 7 (academic test only), with scores of at least 6.5 in reading and listening and 7 in writing and speaking.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
    • a. Paper-based test: Minimum overall score of 600, with scores of at least 5.5 on the TWE, 58 in listening and 58 in reading
    • b. Internet-based testing: Minimum overall score of 103, with scores of at least 28 in writing, 23 in listening, 24 in reading and 28 in speaking.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English): Minimum overall score of 70.
  • MELAB (English Language Institute, Testing and Certification Division, The University of Michigan): Minimum score of 90.
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): Minimum score of 70.

Photocopies will not be accepted. Official English Language Proficiency Test scores must be received by Laurier no later than the second Friday in December in the year prior to anticipated entry.

Applicants with International Transcripts/Degrees

Applicants educated outside of North America who have obtained a degree from a foreign country must have all official transcripts translated (as applicable) and evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Applicants are responsible for the costs associated with the course-by-course evaluation and any translation required. Notarized transcripts will not be accepted, nor will transcripts submitted directly to Laurier.

It is the applicant's responsibility to send an official paper copy of their WES evaluation to Laurier no later than the second Friday in December in the year prior to anticipated entry.

Note that it can take upwards of six weeks for WES to receive official transcripts from a foreign academic institution. After this point, the WES evaluation can take an additional week or longer to complete. Applicants should begin the evaluation process as early as possible to ensure that Laurier receives a WES evaluation no later than the second Friday in December in the year prior to anticipated entry. Late documents will not be accepted.

Applicants who have concerns about international documentation should contact


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