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English is the language of communication at the University and instruction in most programs. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field. Applicants applying to programs conducted entirely in French will be exempt from this requirement.
International applicants 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.
University minimum requirements for test scores:
|Internet-based TOEFL||93 with minimum of 20 in each category. 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.|
||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|
|CAEL||overall 70; minimum 60 in each section|
|Pearson Academic (PTE)||overall 65; minimum 60 in each section|
|Cambridge English Qualifications||C1 Advanced - minimum score of 193
C2 Proficiency - minimum score of 200
All test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the test. Some graduate programs may have higher requirements than those listed here.
Test scores that are more than two years old are not able to be verified and cannot be used for graduate applications.
Submitting IELTS and TOEFL test scores
IELTS and TOEFL can be submitted electronically directly from the test centre. Releasing your results electronically to Simon Fraser University will update all relevant applications (if you applied to more than one program).
- For TOEFL, SFU's Institution Code is 0999, a departmental code is not required. If ETS requires a departmental code please select the most appropriate choice from this list.
- For IELTS, log in to the website of the IELTS test centre and click 'Apply for additional TRFs' in the left-hand menu of your results page. Fill out the application form online
- In India, the British Council is able to transmit electronically to SFU. Please use the following information when submitting your test scores: Organization ID 2036 - Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby BC, V5A 1S6
It can take a minimum of 3-4 weeks for your results to update on your application portal. If you have waited 4 weeks and still do not see your results updated, please send us a ticket that includes:
- Your GA or student number
- 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
Please note our inquiry response time is approximately 3 business days.
Submitting CAEL or Cambridge test scores
Results for Cambridge or CAEL testing should be sent directly from the testing centre in a sealed envelope for processing to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Submitting Pearson PTE test scores
Send a scan of your unofficial test results with your name and test number clearly visible to our tickets along with your name and GA or student number. Allow a minimum of 1 week for verification of your results.
If you attended a post-secondary institution outside of Canada, the majority of programs will not require a credential evaluation service to be used. A guideline of international credential requirements by country can be found using the drop down list.
Most three-year, Bologna-compliant degrees from research intensive universities are acceptable as a basis of admission to graduate diplomas, certificates and master’s programs at Simon Fraser University.
Select your country to view requirements
Countries from which an English language proficiency test is not required
|ATG||Antigua and Barbuda|
|FLK||Falkland Islands (Malvinas)|
|KNA||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|TCA||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|TTO||Trinidad and Tobago|
|TZA||Tanzania, United Republic of|
|VCT||St Vincent and the Grenadines|
|VGB||Virgin Islands (British)|
|VIR||Virgin Islands (U.S.)|
My previous education was in English but not in one of the countries above. Can I be exempt from the language requirements?
In this situation, you should contact the Graduate Program Assistant for the program to which you applied.