English Language Requirements


TOEFL and GRE home testing is now available worldwide except for Mainland China and Iran.

Due to the closures of test centres we will be temporarily accepting Duolingo with a minimum score of 120.

English is the language of instruction and communication at the University. Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field. 

Simon Fraser University Graduate Programs accepts the following tests:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing Systems)

International applicants whose primary language is not English will not be required to complete an English-language test if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language. For a list of these countries please click here.

The minimum graduate program admission requirements for test scores:

English Language Test Score
Internet-based TOEFL 93 with minimum of 20 in each category*
Paper-based TOEFL 580 and TWE 5
IELTS (academic) overall band score of 7.0 of the academic (NOT general) test with a minimum of 6.5 in each section

All test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the test. Some graduate programs may have higher requirements, as indicated in their section of the SFU Calendar. 

* In order to satisfy the requirement, applicants must achieve the scores listed above on a single test date. TOEFL MyBest (super-scored) results will not be used.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I submit my test results?

TOEFL test takers should request electronic submission of scores directly from the test centre to SFU. SFU's Institution Code is 0999.  Use the official department codes listed on this link.

IELTS test takers can either request electronic submission or order an official paper test score to be mailed directly to your destination graduate program.

I submitted my results, but I do not see them updated in my application. 

Once you release your official results to SFU, it can take up to three weeks for them to appear and update on your application portal.

If you have waited for three weeks and still do not see your results updated, please send us a ticket that includes:

  • The date on which you released your results to SFU
  • Your unofficial test results with your name and test information clearly visible
  • Your application deadline for your program of application

We can then manually verify your results.

Please note that we will not manually verify results unless this three week window has passed, or your application deadline will occur in less than three weeks. Note that our response time to inquiries is approximately 3 business days.

Is there any English training program which will guarantee me admission to the University?

There is no English program which will guarantee admission to a graduate program.

Each graduate program has minimum requirements for admission and you should consult your target graduate program with your questions.

Does SFU offer any English language courses?

SFU's English Language & Culture Program offers a range of non-credit courses for students who need to improve their English language skills.