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English Language Requirements

To gain admission to CapU, you must meet the University's English language requirements. Learn more about the requirements in the tab below.

Students at CapU write assignments, follow class lectures and take part in class discussions in English.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English you must take one of the following English language assessment tests:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Required minimum marks:
      • online test (TOEFL iBT®): 83
      • paper-delivered test: 560
    • Capilano University TOEFL code: 0505
  • ELA (English Language Assessment Test)
    • Required minimum mark: 145
  • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Required minimum mark: 6.5 overall, with no single score below 6
    • Alternate contact: ielts@sfu.ca
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test)
    • Required minimum mark: 70
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English – Academic)
    • Required minimum mark: 56
  • DET (Duolingo English Test) – Being accepted on a temporary basis until the Fall 2022 term
    • Required minimum mark: 110
Other ways to meet the English language requirement
  • six credits of post-secondary English that transfer to Capilano University; or 
  • English Studies 12 or English 12 or English First Peoples 12 with a final mark of C+ or higher and two years of high school in Canada, or
  • Advanced Placement English Language/Composition or English Literature/Composition with a minimum mark of 4, or
  • International Baccalaureate English Language A Higher Level with a minimum mark of 5, or
  • Language Proficiency Index Level 4 with an essay mark of at least 26, or
  • Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum mark of B+ (77%) in each course, or
  • four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in Canada, or in a country other than Canada where English is the principle language, or
  • four or more years at an eligible international high school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English, or
  • graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language. 
  • Students who graduated from a recognized degree program or completed four years of full-time study in English in the countries listed below will have met Capilano University’s English language proficiency requirements.

American Samoa

Anguilla

Antigua & Barbuda

Australia

Bahamas

Barbados

Bermuda

Belize

Botswana

British Virgin Islands

Canada *

Cayman Islands

Dominica

Falkland Islands

Fiji

Gambia

Ghana

Gibraltar

Grenada

Guam

Guyana

Ireland

Jamaica

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

Malta

Mauritius

Montserrat

New Zealand

Nigeria

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

South Africa

St. Helena

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Trinidad & Tobago

Tanzania

Turks & Caicos Islands

Uganda

United Kingdom

USA

US Virgin Islands

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Applicants from Quebec may be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.

If you don’t meet the admission requirements for English language skills but you believe you do have the necessary skills, you may submit an English Language Waiver Form (pdf) to the attention of Admissions in the Registrar's Office. If the University then decides you need additional instruction in English, you will be asked to take an English examination suitable to the program area in which you wish to enrol.

If English is your second language and you need help to bring your English language skills to the required EAP 100/101 level, you can apply to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. To find out your EAP level, please take our online Duolingo English Test.

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Registrar's Office


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
admissions@capilanou.ca