English Language Proficiency

English is the primary language of instruction in the programs and courses offered by UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies. Students are expected to be proficient in one-on-one interactions, group work, presentations, projects and assignments and in electronic communications. It is essential that all students possess strong written and spoken Business English skills.

Non-Native English speakers may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of one of the following language proficiency tests and may also be subject to an interview prior to admittance.

English Language Test

Minimum Score

Canadian Academic English Language
Overall score: 70
UBC English Language Institute Certificate in English Language
Level 600
Certificate of Proficiency in English
International English Language Testing System (Academic)
Overall score: 6.5
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with the MELAB Oral Interview
Overall score: 85
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
Overall score: 65

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
TOEFL Internet-based test

Overall score: 90 with a minimum score of 20 on each of Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
TOEFL  Paper-based test with the TWE (Test of Written English)

Overall score: 55 each for Reading, Listening and Writing and 4.0 on TWE

Please note:

  • Scores submitted must be from tests taken within the last two years.
  • For admission purposes, some programs may require a higher score than the minimum stated above.
  • UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies reserves the right to require prospective applicants to present further evidence of proficiency.
  • For prospective applicants who have results from a language proficiency test other than in the table above, please Contact Us.
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