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English Language Proficiency Requirements

Proficiency in English Language

For Undergraduate and Graduate Programs:

To satisfy Lakehead University’s English language proficiency requirements, applicants can complete one of the following recognized language tests with the required minimum scores.

Recognized English Proficiency Test

Minimum Score

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

 

Minimum Score: 60

Cambridge Academic English (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)

 

Applicants must provide us with their Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number.

 

Minimum Score: 176 (no individual score less than 169)

DuoLingo English Test

 

Minimum Score: 110

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

 

Applicants must complete the Academic test, not the General test. 

 

Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0)

Michigan English Test (MET)

 

Minimum Score: 85

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Minimum Score: 58 (no component score less than 50)

 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

 

Lakehead University Institution's Code is 0888.

 

Minimum Score for Internet Based Test (iBT): 80 (no component score less than 19)

Minimum Score for Computer Based Test (cBT): 213 (no component score less than 17)

Minimum Score for Paper Based Test (pBT) when Speaking is present: 550 (no component score less than 50)

The revised pBT is not accepted as Speaking is no longer a category!


Please be advised that some academic units may require a higher score and that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Lakehead University. For limited enrolment programs, such as Nursing, Juris Doctor and the Two-year Bachelor of Education Programs, the following scores are required:

Recognized English Proficiency Test

Minimum Score

Cambridge Academic English (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)

 

Applicants must provide us with their Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number.

 

Minimum Score: 185

Listening: 176
Reading & Use of English: 176
Speaking: 185
Writing: 185

DuoLingo English Test

 

Minimum Score: 120

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

 

Applicants must complete the Academic test, not the General test. 

Minimum Score: 7

Listening: 6.5
Reading: 6.5
Speaking: 7
Writing: 7

 

Michigan English Test (MET)

 

Minimum Score: 90

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Minimum Score: 65

Listening: 58
Reading: 58
Speaking: 65
Writing: 65

 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

 

Lakehead University Institution's Code is 0888.

 

Minimum Score for Internet Based Test (iBT): 103

Listening: 24
Reading: 24
Speaking: 28
Writing: 28

 

 


Alternatively, you can satisfy Lakehead University’s English language proficiency requirements by completing certain senior-level English courses at the high school level:

Required Course

Minimum Grade

Ontario high school’s Grade 12 university-level English (ENG4U)

 

70%

Any other provincial Grade 12 academic level English course that is equivalent to ENG4U

 

70%

International Baccalaureate Programme:

  • Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL) English A: Literature
  • HL or SL English A: Language and Literature

 

3

British Patterned Curriculum:

 

C

 

Lastly, you can satisfy Lakehead University’s English language proficiency requirements by completing a certain number of years at a school where English is the language of instruction:

Level of Study:

Number of Full Time Years:

University Level

One year of full-time undergraduate/graduate-level study at a university where English is the language of instruction in a country where English is the official language.

College Level

Two years of full-time diploma level study at a college where English is the language of instruction in a country where English is the official language.

High School Level

Three years of full-time study at a high school where English is the language of instruction. English does not need to be the official language of the country.

 

For Graduate Degree Programs:

Where the language of instruction and examination in undergraduate studies has been uniformly in English, official documentation from the institution indicating that the primary medium of instruction is English must be submitted upon request. This official documentation must come directly from the institution in the form of an official letter that states that the student's medium of instruction was English for three full years or more. This letter must be signed by the institution's Registrar or Chief Officer. This letter must also bear the original stamp or seal of the institution.