Language testing

The English test score requirements at UNB Saint John vary by degree program and level of study. Generally speaking, undergraduate programs at UNB Saint John require the following minimum scores for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5
  • Duolingo 115
  • TOEFL IBT 80

Graduate programs have different language score requirements by program. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies for information on English test score requirements.

Saint John College offers both official and institutional English-language testing to new students as well as students from other schools in Canada and abroad who need to write an official English test in order to be accepted to a university or college in Canada or for immigration purposes.

English-language testing


CELPIP is the only Canadian English Language test designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The test allows test takers to demonstrate their ability to function in English, and accurately assesses a test taker’s English abilities in a variety of everyday situations.

The CELPIP Test comes in two versions:

  • CELPIP-General ($280 CAD): For people applying for permanent resident status in Canada
  • CELPIP-General LS ($195 CAD, Listening and Speaking only): For people applying for Canadian citizenship

The CELPIP test is fully computer delivered and can be completed in one test sitting, with no additional speaking appointments or interviews.

Test results are delivered online and quickly, in just eight business days, or test takers can choose Express Rating so that their scores are delivered in only three business days.

The test uses Canadian accents. Test takers who have been living and working in Canada will better understand and relate to the Canadian accents used in the CELPIP Test.

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Official CELPIP instructional products to help you prepare for the test: