English Language Proficiency | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

English Language Proficiency

English Proficiency

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please see the chart below for acceptable tests and required minimum scores.


Minimum Overall Score

Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL) 70

International English Language Testing System (Academic) (IELTS)
Computer-delivered IELTS

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A)
Note: A minimum score of 60 must be achieved in each individual component.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and (TOEFL Special Home Edition (iBT))
Note: A minimum score of 21 must be achieved in each of the four categories (listening, speaking, reading, writing).

University of Guelph English Language Certificate

Advanced Level

University of Guelph Guelph Preparation Program

Advanced Level

Duolingo English Test (DET 120
*If you are experiencing challenges submitting results from any of the above tests, please contact the program you applied to.

English as a Second Language tests are considered valid within two years of the start of a program, not when you apply.

Some departments may require higher than the University minimum English as a Second Language test scores. Please check with your department of interest for detailed information.

The University of Guelph English as a Second Language Test Code is 0892.

English as a Second Language Certificate

The English Language Certificate Program (ELCP) at the University of Guelph offers an English language program for international students wishing to apply to graduate studies. Those who successfully complete the program, at the advanced level, are deemed to have met the language requirement for admission to graduate studies.