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The Minimum IELTS Scores For Canada Universities

With its vibrant cultural life and thriving economy, Canada is the most popular country for international students, according to a survey by the International Students Admission Service (ISAS) in 2017.

To ensure that all students can cope with English-medium instruction, international students aiming to study in Canada must prove their language proficiency by taking the IELTS Academic test to gain admission into a university.

Score requirements vary according to the programme of study: be it a foundation course, undergraduate or postgraduate studies and by the university.

In this article, we will cover the IELTS requirements for Canadian Universities according to the Times Higher Education and QS rankings.

IELTS Requirement for Canada

While there isn’t a minimum Canadian IELTS requirement for immigration, language requirements to enter a top Canadian University are rather stringent, with both an overall score and per-section prerequisites.

For good universities, it is often a total score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6 per section.

Here are the minimum IELTS requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Canadian universities in the world’s top 200.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2019

The Times Higher Education World Rankings is one of the world's most established metrics. It judges universities based on five key performance indicators- teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

Name of institution

World rank

IELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes)

IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)

University of Toronto

21

6.5

7.0

University of British Columbia

37

6.5

6.5

McGill University

44

6.5

6.5

McMaster University

77

6.5

6.5

University of Montreal

90

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University of Alberta

132

6.5

6.5

QS World University Rankings in 2019

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings is another of the world's premier ranking systems. It rates the world's universities by institution and subject through academic, student, employer, and international indicators.

Name of institution

World rank

IELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes)

IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)

University of Toronto

28

6.5

7.0

McGill University

33

6.5

6.5

University of British Columbia

47

6.5

6.5

University of Alberta

109

6.5

6.5

McMaster University

146

6.5

6.5

University of Montreal

14

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University of Waterloo

163

7.0

7.0

Alternatively, you can enter your scores into Degrees.ca’s IELTS Score Calculator, which provides you with a list of universities whose requirements you have met.

If you have not met the IELTS requirement for your desired university, there are a few options you can take.

Your application is assessed holistically, which allows you to make up for your low IELTS score with other academic and professional achievements.

Otherwise, you can retake the test, focusing on your weaker sections, and submitting the new score to the university.

While IELTS remains the preferred language test for Canadian Universities, there are several other tests you may take to fulfill the language requirements which are accepted by several universities.

These are TOEFL, MELAB and PTE Academic. You can find these score requirements on the university’s website, which differ according to the subject and programme you have chosen.

English Language Test Equivalency Table

IELTS

5.0

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

7.5

A Level English

D

D

C

C

B

B

GCSE English

D

D

C

C

B

B

 IB**

grade 3 in A or B HL or SL 

grade 4 in A or B HL or SL 

IB B SL grade 6

IB B HL -grade 4

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL grade 4

IB B SL grade 6

IB B HL -grade 5

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL- grade 5

IB B SL grade 7

IB B HL -grade 5

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL grade 5

IB B HL -grade 6

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL grade 6

TOEFL ibt

60(10, 10, 13, 16)

70(13, 13, 13, 16)

80(17, 18, 17, 20)

90(17, 18, 17, 20)

100(20, 20, 20, 20)

110(22, 22, 22, 22

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