Admission Requirements
Undergraduate English Language Requirements

Undergraduate English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you may be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.

If you have studied in an English-language institution for three years (full-time) or more at a secondary level or one year (full-time) at the post-secondary level, you may not be required to submit proof of English-language proficiency.

English language testing

When proof of English language proficiency is necessary, you must achieve the following minimum score or above on a recognized English language proficiency test:


Minimum Score – Admission

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*

TOEFL at Home (online)
237 (computer-based)
90 (iBT) and no lower than 20 in each band
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 overall and no lower than 6.0 in each band
Duolingo English Test Minimum score of 115, with no sub-score below 95
Michigan English Test (formally MELAB) 55
Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL)/CAEL Online 70
Pearson Test of English – Academic 61 overall and no lower than 50 in each skill
C1: Advanced/C2: Proficiency 180 overall and no lower than 170 in each band

*Students must achieve 4.0 or better on the essay or TOEFL Writing Test.

TOEFL Code: 0990

Applicants should arrange for their English language proficiency test score(s) to be sent directly from the testing agency to:

Registrar’s Office, University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2A1 CANADA

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Dalhousie University: The EAP program offered at our partner institution, Dalhousie University, is offered at four levels. Placement testing can be done at Dalhousie. Each level includes speaking, listening, reading, writing, pronunciation and vocabulary development.

International high school programs




International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level English Language A: literature
Language A: language and literature
Higher Level English B 6
Advanced Placement (AP) English Examination (Language Composition; Literature and Composition) 4
General Certificate of Education (GCE) – British Pattern GCSE/IGCSE English Language or English Literature