Proof of English Language Proficiency (ELP)

If you have studied on-site full time to complete a minimum three year degree program with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed below, your degree/ official transcript or Canadian equivalency report is your proof of ELP. Please note that in some cases, transcripts may be requested to determine the length of the program.

Canada Benin Ghana Republic of Ireland Turks and Caicos Islands
Anguilla Bermuda Grenada Saint Kitts-Nevis Seychelles United Kingdom
Antigua and Barbuda Botswana Guyana Sierra Leone United States
Australia British Virgin Islands Jamaica South Africa Uganda
Bahamas Cayman Islands Montserrat St. Lucia US Virgin Islands
Barbados Cameroon Nigaria St. Vincent Zambia
Belize Dominica New Zealand Trinidad and Tobago Zimbabwe

OR if you have completed a minimum three year online/distance degree program with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed above, a combination of your degree/ official transcript or Canadian equivalency report and an ELP test report indicating the scores required for listening and speaking skills, as shown in the table below, is your proof of ELP;

OR if you have not completed a minimum three year degree program in one of the countries listed above, you should sit an ELP test and meet the required scores as specified in the table below. Please note that TESL Ontario accepts a combination of two test reports (for the same ELP test taken twice or for two different ELP tests) indicating that all required scores have been met. Also, TESL Ontario accepts ELP test reports up to 5 years after the test date. Test reports older than 5 years are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Recognized ELP Tests Required Scores
IELTS Academic www.ielts.org/ Listening: 7 Reading: 7 Writing: 7 Speaking: 7
CanTEST www.cantest.uottawa.ca/ Listening: 4.5 Reading: 4.5 Writing: 4.5 Speaking: 4.5
CAEL cael.ca/ Listening: 70 Reading: 70 Writing: 70 Speaking: 70
TOEFL iBT www.toefl.org/ Listening: 24 Reading: 24 Writing: 27 Speaking: 24
MELAB www.cambridgemichigan.org/melab Listening: 87 GCVR: 87 Writing: 87 Speaking: 4-

OR if, prior to doing your university education, you have completed grades 6-12 (each grade completed in one full school year) with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed above, your grade 6-12 report cards are your proof of ELP.