Here Are 7 Different Ways to Take UBC’s English Proficiency Exams

Depending on your level of English, you might need to invest a lot of time and energy to pass and receive the language certificate. It is important that you begin preparing and practicing as soon as possible. Additionally, you should take the English exam early to make sure you can apply to universities on time.


Here is a guide to English Language certificates for international students who want to study at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

The primary language of instruction at UBC is English. Students must demonstrate a minimum level of English before they can be admitted. The minimum score is the outcome of each component of the examination unless otherwise stated. To meet these minimum component requirements, you must achieve these scores in just one sitting of the test (scores from multiple tests cannot be used).

Below is a List of Acceptable Language Proficiency Tests for Admissions to UBC

Here are UBC’s English language proficiency tests admission requirements which can be done in seven different ways.

CAEL or CAEL Online

  • Canadian Academic English Language assessment
  • Minimum score: Overall 70

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency
  • Minimum score: 180


  • UBC Certificate in English
  • Minimum score: 600


  • International English Language Testing System (Academic)
  • Minimum score: 6.5, with no part less than 6.0


  • Pearson Test of English (Academic)
  • Minimum score: Overall: 65 (Reading: 60 ,Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60)

TOEFL or TOEFL iBt Home Edition

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (UBC’s institution code is 0965)
  • Minimum score: Overall: 90 (Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Writing: 21, Speaking: 21)


  • Duolingo English Test
  • Minimum score: 125
  • Candidates should demonstrate a command of the English language through video and writing samples.

Is Duolingo Accepted at UBC?

Duolingo English Tests will only be accepted by students in countries without access to other English proficiency tests.

Learn more at UBC official page

Disclaimer: The information is directly derived from the school website. The material and information contained on this website are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. As information may change without notice, always refer to the school website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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