English Language Proficiency Tests and Programs

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Unless otherwise stated, the scores below represent the minimum required on each part of the examination. Minimum scores must be achieved in a single sitting of the test (i.e., scores across multiple instances of a test may not be used to satisfy minimum component requirements). Tests taken more than two years prior to application for admission will not be considered.

  Test or Program Minimum Competence Level Required for Undergraduate Admission Minimum Competence Level Required for English Foundation Program Minimum Competence Level Required for English Foundation Program Minimum Competence Level Required for UBC Vantage College
      EAP 103 EAP 104  
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language assessment overall 70 overall 50 overall 60 overall 50
Cambridge English Qualifications1 B2 First

C1 Advanced

C2 Proficiency
180 160 170 160
CEL UBC Certificate in English Language2 600 400 500 400
IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic) 6.5, with no part less than 6.0 5.0, with no part less than 4.5 6.0, with no part less than 5.0 5.5, with a minimum 5.0 in Speaking and Listening, and minimum 5.5 in Reading and Writing
OC EAP Okanagan College English for Academic Purposes Level 43 Level 34 Level 35 N/A
PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic) Overall Score: 65 Overall Score: 34 Overall Score: 50 Overall Score: 48
Reading: 60 N/A N/A Reading: 43
Listening: 60 N/A N/A Listening: 43
Writing: 60 N/A N/A Writing: 43
Speaking: 60 N/A N/A Speaking: 43
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language6
Internet-based test Overall Score: 90 Overall Score: 70 Overall Score: 80 Overall Score: 70
Reading: 22 N/A N/A Reading: 16
Listening: 22 N/A N/A Listening: 16
Writing: 21 N/A N/A Writing: 16
Speaking: 21 N/A N/A Speaking: 16
1 Administered by Cambridge Assessment English.
2 From UBC's English Language Institute. See http://eli.ubc.ca for further details.
3 Level 4 requires completion of Okanagan College EAPD 040, EAPW 040, and EAPR 040. UBC requires a grade of 70% or higher in each course to satisfy the English Language Admission Standard.
4 An average between 50% and 69% on all Level 3 courses is required.
5 A minimum average of 70% on all Level 3 courses is required.
6 The TOEFL revised Paper delivered test is eligible for consideration and will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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