University of Guelph 1997-98 Undergraduate Calendar

IV--Admission Information

English Proficiency

Lectures, seminars and examinations in the University are, for the most part, conducted in English and it is essential that all students have an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English in order for them to be successful in their university studies. Applicants for admission will be required to present evidence of English proficiency if:

  1. their primary or first language (meaning the language first learned as a child) is not English; and
  2. they have had less than four years of full-time secondary or post-secondary study, demonstrating satisfactory academic progress, in an English-language school system.

Francophone Canadian citizens educated in Canada will not be required to meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma where English was the language of instruction will be considered as having met the English Proficiency Requirement. The University reserves the right to deny admission to applicants who do not demonstrate satisfactory facility in English, regardless of academic qualifications.

Applicants required to meet the English Proficiency requirement must do so by submitting the required scores in one of the following tests or battery of tests as outlined in (1) or (2) or (3) below. Test results must be submitted to Admission Services prior to admission.

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - 600 AND Test of Written English (TWE) - 5 AND Test of Spoken English (TSE) - 200 (50 if taken after July 1995)

    These tests are offered on several dates each year by centres throughout the world. The TOEFL Bulletin of Information and registration form can be obtained by writing or contacting:

    • TOEFL/TSE Publications
    • P.O. Box 6154
    • Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6154
    • USA
    • Telephone: (609) 771-7760

  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6. Information on test centres and registration can be obtained from:
    • IELTS Scheme Officer
    • University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
    • 1 Hills Road
    • Cambridge
    • CB1 2EU UK
    • Telephone: (01223) 553311
    • Fax: (01223) 460278

  3. The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - minimum overall score of 85 is required, a minimum composition score of 83. In addition, applicants must present a minimum score on the oral test of 3.

Applicants can request Information Bulletins and Registration forms from:

1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar
IV--Admission Information

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