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English Language Proficiency Requirements

At Western, admission consideration is based on academic qualifications along with evidence of English proficiency for those applicants whose first language is not English. You must therefore submit proof of English language proficiency before being considered for admission.

Western is an English language university and it is important to your success at Western that you are proficient in both spoken and written English. All students must demonstrate the ability to speak and write clearly and correctly. To encourage aptitude in the use of the English language, Western's instructors consider proficiency in English when assigning grades. Work presented in English in any subject, at any level, which shows a lack of proficiency in English may either be failed or, at the discretion of the instructor, returned to the student for revision to a literate level.

Note: English language proficiency requirements for admission to Undergraduate Nursing programs are different than requirements for other programs at Western. Please refer to Nursing's website for further information.

English Language Proficiency Tests

You are encouraged to write a test at the earliest possible date and at the latest before March 2014. Scores for any test written before January 1, 2012 may not be accepted.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office may require any applicant to write a test of English proficiency. If your first language is not English, you will be required to write one of the following eight acceptable English language proficiency tests:

1.TOEFL Internet based (iBT), Paper-based (PBT) and the TWE

The Test of Spoken English is also required for students applying to a Nursing program at Western.The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) on several dates at a number of locations throughout the world.

The minimum score required on the TOEFL is 550 on the paperbased with a 5 on the TWE, and 83 on the internet-based tests with no score below 20.

Western's Institution Code for TOEFL is 0984. Please leave the department code blank to ensure that it is received by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

2. MELAB

The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) offered by the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute, is an acceptable alternative to TOEFL.

A minimum overall score of 80 is required with no score less than 78.

3. IELTS International

The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP Education Australia.

A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with no part less than 6.0.

4. CanTEST

The CanTEST is managed by the University of Ottawa and is offered in various provinces within Canada.

A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required with no part less than 4.0.

5. CAEL

The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) is managed through Carleton University and is offered in various countries internationally.

A minimum overall score of 60 is required with no part less than 60.

6. The Highest Advanced Level at the English Language Centre at Western University

Successful completion of the highest level at the English Language Centre at Western University may be used as proof of English Language proficiency.  Students who complete the program at the time of application to Western University are considered to demonstrate the level of English language proficiency required for admission and will not be required to provide further proof of English language proficiency.

7. Level Five Fanshawe College's ESL Program

The English as a Second Language Program offered by Fanshawe College may be used as proof of English Language proficiency.  Students who receive A's in all three components of Level Five of the program at the time of application to The University of Western Ontario are considered to demonstrate the level of English language proficiency required for admission and will not be required to provide further proof of English language proficiency.

8. CultureWorks

Successful completion of the Level 'D' at CultureWorks may be used as proof of English language proficiency. Individuals who apply to CultureWorks may be considered for conditional admission to attend Western after successful completion of the High-Advanced level at CultureWorks, provided that they meet the academic requirements for admission Western.


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