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English Language Proficiency Tests

  Test Minimum Competence for Undergraduate Admission1 Minimum Competence for Entry to the Conditional Admission Program5
CAE Certificate in Advanced English4 B C
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Overall 70 Overall 60 with no sub-test below 50
With the speaking sub-test 60 50
CEL UBC Certificate in English Language2 600 500
CELPIP Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program3
CELPIT-A (Academic Reading and Writing)3 4L 3H
CELL (Listening) 4L 3H
CELTOP (Speaking) 4L 3H
CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English4 C CAE4:C
IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic) 6.5 with no part less than 6.0 6.0 with no part less than 5.5
MELAB Michigan English Language Assessment Battery 85 final score, with 3 in the speaking test 80 final score
PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic) Overall Score: 65 Overall Score:60
Reading: 60 Reading: 55
Listening: 60 Listening: 55
Writing: 60 Writing: 55
Speaking: 60 Speaking: 55
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
Either the Paper-based test 55 52
With the TWE (Test of Written English) 4.0 3.0
Or the Internet-based test Overall Score: 90 Overall Score: 82
Reading: 22 Reading: 20
Listening: 22 Listening: 20
Writing: 21 Writing: 19
Speaking: 21 Speaking: 19
1 Unless otherwise stated, the score is the minimum 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.
2 See the UBC English Language Institute for further details.
3 The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Test - Academic (CELPIT-A) portion of this test satisfies the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) requirement for first-year English courses at UBC with a score of at least 5 on the essay section.
4 Administered by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations organization.
5 Undergraduate applicants who exceed admission requirements but who present an English language proficiency test score below the minimum required for direct entry to a degree program may be considered for the Conditional Admission Program through UBC's English Language Institute.

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