English Proficiency

If your first language is NOT English, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, you must submit an English Language Proficiency test.

To support success at Emily Carr University, English proficiency is necessary.

Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, if you are an undergraduate or graduate applicant to Emily Carr University of Art + Design and your first language is not English, you must present one of the acceptable English Language Proficiency scores. There are exemptions to this policy when official transcripts are submitted. 

Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, must present one of the following English Language Proficiency tests. For Undergraduate Degree English Language Proficiency tests, please click here.

  1. TOEFL iBT - Emily Carr institution code: #0032 Internet-Based Test
    • minimum of 90 out of 120 points including a minimum score in each of the four skills; Speaking 22/30, Reading 22/30, Writing 22/30 and Listening 20/30.
  2. IELTS Academic Module International English Language Testing System
    • minimum band 7.0 including a minimum score in each component; Speaking 7.0, Reading 7.0, Writing 7.0 and Listening 6.5.
  3. CAEL Canadian Academic English Language assessment test
    • minimum level of 80 across all band descriptors.
  4. CAE Cambridge English Advanced
    • minimum overall score of 185 with a minimum score in each skill as follows: speaking 185; reading 185; writing 185; listening 176
  5. CPE Cambridge Proficiency Examination
    • minimum overall score of 185 with a minimum score in each skill as follows: speaking 185; reading 185; writing 185; listening 176
  6. PTE Academic Pearson Test of English Academic
    • minimum score of 66
  7. MELAB Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
    • minimum level of 81

Exemptions

Official transcripts must be submitted for exemptions to be considered. ECUAD reserves the right to request a test score even if an applicant meets the following criterion:

  • Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction.