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English Proficiency Exams

Successful applicants to the UBC MBA program must be able to speak, comprehend, and write fluently in English.

English language proficiency exams

If you are an international applicant and your degree was not conducted in English as the official language of instruction, you must take and pass one of these exams: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), an IELTS (Academic), or a MELAB.

When to take the English proficiency exam?

English Language proficiency exams should be taken no later than 4-6 weeks prior to the MBA application deadline.

Explore the different exams and choose one that’s right for you:

Acceptable tests Minimum scores Test information

TOEFL

(Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Print: 600

Computer: 250

iBT: 100

TOEFL offers computer, internet and paper-based tests. All three are acceptable. Scores arrive in our office approximately three weeks after the computer or internet-based test has been written and between four to six weeks after the paper-based test is written. TOEFL scores are valid if written in the last two years.

Note: TOEFL scores must be issued to UBC (code 0965) from the Educational Testing Service.

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IELTS Academic

(International English Language Testing System)

7.0 overall band

IELTS is offered in most countries at least once a month. Scores arrive in our office about three weeks after you take the test. Admission is based on the "Academic" Reading and Writing Modules, not "General Training". IELTS scores are valid if written within the last two years.

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MELAB

(Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

84

MELAB evaluates advanced-level English language competence of adult non-native speakers of English. Test sites are available in Canada and the USA.

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PTE Academic

(Pearson Test of English Academic)

70

PTE Academic is a new international computer-based academic English language test. Admission is based on the Academic test only. Please forward your results to us at mba@sauder.ubc.ca. PTE Academic scores are valid if written within the last two years.

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