Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

English Requirements

Students take an English Placement Test (EPT) upon arrival and are placed in the appropriate level of English language study in TRU’s ESL program. The EPT must be written one week before classes begin. If a student has a TOEFL or other test score they may elect to enter ESL or academic courses without taking the TRU English Placement Test.  

English Language Proficiency Requirements for Academic Study

TOEFL IELTS MELAB CanTEST CAELTRU Placement
iBTPaper-BasedComputer-Based

88+ with no

section below 20 

570+

TWE 4.5+

230+

Essay 4.5+

6.5+ with no

bands below 6.0

81+

4.5+ with no

component score

below 4.0

Overall 70+

No subtest below 60

Direct entry into

academic programs

80+

550-569

TWE 4.0+

213-229

Essay 4.0+

6.5+ with no

bands below 5.5

77+

4.0+ with no

component score

below 4.0

Overall 60+

No subtest below 50

Direct entry into 

Level 5 ESL 

(2 ESL courses and 3 Academic courses) 

71+

530-549

197-212

5.5+ with no

bands below 5.0

74+

4.0+ with no

component score below 3.5

Overall 50+

No subtest below 40

Direct entry into 

Level 4 ESL 

(4 ESL courses and 1 Academic course) 

61+

500-529

173-196

5.0+

69+

3.5+

Overall 40+

Direct entry into

Level 3 ESL

Graduate Programs: English Language Proficiency Requirements for Academic Study


Program
TOEFL IELTSAdditional
iBT

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA)

100+ with no bands below 20 7.0+ with nobands below 6.5 or completion of an undergraduate degree at an English lanugage univeristy in a country where English is their first official language
Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (GCES)   6.5+ with no bands below 6.5

or completion of an undergraduate degree at an English lanugage univeristy in a country where English is their first official language

When applying with no IELTS, students must complete an EPT upon arrival, so the advisor knows which Level of ESAL to register the student.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

100+ with no bands below 20 7.0+ with no bands below 6.5 or completion of an undergraduate degree at an English lanugage univeristy in a country where English is their first official language
Master of Environmental Economics and Management (MEEM)   7.0+ with no bands below 6.5 or completion of an undergraduate degree at an English lanugage univeristy in a country where English is their first official language 
Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Management (MScEEM)   7.0+ with no bands below 6.5  
Master of Education (MEd)   6.5+ with no bands below 6.5 or completion of an undergraduate degree at an English lanugage univeristy in a country where English is their first official language
Master of Nursing (MN)   7.0+ (Speaking 7.0, Writing 7.0, Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5)  
Master of Data Science   6.5+ with no bands below 6.0  
Master of Science in Environmental Science   6.5+ with no bands below 6.0  

*A student must meet or exceed the required level on all aspects to be at any specific level (e.g. Direct entry students must have 88+ and all sections at least 20). When sub-scores are used, a good mark in one area will not compensate for a poor mark in another. If a student does not meet the requirements for direct entry, it is recommended that they write the TRU placement test to determine the appropriate placement for them in ESL. If all of their scores, subtests and overall place them at, for example Level 4, it is recommended that they do the TRU placement test to determine their courses; however they will not be placed below Level 4 (or whichever level their initial scores place them). 

For more information, please see the ESL Regulations Program Overview.

Countries that do not need additional English testing

American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (including Quebec), Camaroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Monterrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Swaziland, Trinidad & Tobago, Tanzania, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, US Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Additional accepted equivalencies

 BC High School Graduate
  • English requirements for Academic study may be waived if a student from a BC High School completed English 12 and the government exam with a total score of 73%. 
  • Students that graduate 
 Ontario High School Graduate

English requirements for academic study may be waived if a student completes ENG4U with a score of 73% or higher. Students that graduate with ENG4U with a score below 73% or a pass in ENG4C will be placed in our University Preparation English bridging courses. 

 Cambridge ESOL

TRU will consider the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) for direct entry into academic programs. The FCE (First Certificate in English) will be considered at the IELTS 5.0+ for placement purposes. 

 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

TRU will consider the CEF C1 and C2 for direct entry into academic programs. We will also consider CEF B2 and B2+ as equivalent to the IELTS 5.0+ for placement purposes.

 Pearson Test of English

TRU will consider the Pearson Test of English (PTE) for direct entry into academic programs with an overall score of 58 or greater and no communication skills test scores below 55.

  Africa

English requirements for academic study may be waived if a student from Africa has the following: a minimum mark of an A or B on their WAEC, NECO, Certificate of Secondary Education or University of Cambridge English.

  Denmark

English requirements for academic study may be waived if a student from Denmark has a minimum mark of 10 in English from upper secondary oral and written English. 

  Finland

English requirements for academic study may be waived if a student from Finland has a minimum mark of 8 in English when taken at the Certificate of Matriculation. 

  Germany

English requirements for academic study may be waived if a student from Germany has a minimum mark of 12 (gut) in English when taken as an achievement/main/intensive course.

DAAD/CEFR:

  • B2, visiting international students only
  • C1 for degree seeking students.
  Japan

Japanese English Language Proficiency Test – STEP – TRU will consider the STEP First Grade for direct entry into academic programs. We will also consider STEP Pre-First Grade Level as equivalent to TOEFL 500+ for placement purposes. 

  Norway

English requirements for Academic study may be waived if a student from Norway has a minimum mark of 4 in English from any year of upper secondary. 

  Sweden

English requirements for academic study may be waived if a student from Sweden has a minimum mark of B in English 6 from upper secondary school. 

  The Netherlands

English requirements for academic study may be waived if a student from The Netherlands has the following: a minimum mark of (VWO diploma), 8 (goed) in English.  

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