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Simon Fraser University is aware that the pandemic is impacting English language test dates in various countries. If you are not able to receive test results prior to your document deadline, contact your program(s) of application with your currently-scheduled test date and your GA/student number to see if one of the following is possible:
- Consideration for conditional admission, pending English language test scores
- Extension of document deadline for your English language test
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, scores must be achieved in a single test. TOEFL MyBest (super-scored) or TOEFL Essentials results will not be used. TOEFL iBT Home is accepted.|
||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 all of their sections|
|Cambridge English Qualifications||C1 Advanced - minimum score of 193
C2 Proficiency - minimum score of 200
Test scores must be valid at the time of submission. All test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the test, scores that are more than two years old are not able to be verified and cannot be used for graduate applications.
Some graduate programs may have higher requirements than those listed here.
International Admission Requirements
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