Evidence of English Language Proficiency

NEW POLICY: Effective as of September 25, 2015

English is the language of instruction at VIU School of Online Education, and therefore international applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency to ensure that their verbal communication skills are sufficient for effective class participation and completion of course assignments. VIU Online English language proficiency requirements may be fulfilled through either of the following options:

  1. Submit a valid score from one of the standardized tests listed below. Official language proficiency scores more than two years old will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency. 

    School of Computer Information Systems English Proficiency Requirement:
    #
    Test
    Minimum Score*
    1.
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based (iBT): 79
    Computer-based (cBT): 213 Paper-based (pBT): 550
    2.
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall band score 6.0
    3.
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic : 59

    All other schools and programs English Proficiency Requirement:
    #
    Test
    Minimum Score*
    1.
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based (iBT): 79
    Computer-based (cBT): 213 Paper-based (pBT): 550
    2.
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall band score 6.5
    3.
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic : 59
  2. Provide an official transcript showing that you have earned your bachelor's, master’s, or doctorate degree in its entirety in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Anglophone Canada. VIU reserves the right to require a student to take its English Placement Test when there are reasonable doubts as to the authenticity of either submitted standardized test scores or the degree of the English proficiency evidenced by other documentation.
  3. Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours (graduate level) or 12 credit hours (undergraduate level) from an accredited United States post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including at least one course in English composition, academic writing, or a similar subject. The GPA for those credits, as well as the writing course, must not be lower than C-level.
  4. Providing an official high school diploma from a recognized institution within the United States.

Please note:

  • International students may gain full admission to an academic program at VIU if the official language proficiency score meets the minimum requirement mentioned above.
  • International students may gain conditional admission to an intensive English program (ESL) if:
    • The TOEFL test scores are below 500 (pBT), 173 (cBT), or 60 (iBT)
    • The IELTS test scores are 5.0 and below (overall band)
    • You do not submit an official language proficiency score mentioned above
*If you earned your bachelor's degree in its entirety in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Anglophone Canada, you are exempt from the English proficiency test requirement.