Eligibility Requirements for Studying in Canada

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Apr 10, 2020 15:39 IST

Candidates who are looking to pursue higher education in Canada would require to be eligible for the same. Students would be required to appear for language and general exams depending on the requisition of the course and the university the candidate has enrolled in. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) are all standardized language tests, which are required to be taken for the purpose of getting admission into colleges. These follow different formats, structure and result bands. These tests are all different in various ways but many colleges ask for any one of the results. So it's up to the student to decide which exam to appear for.

When to Apply?

Students who are aiming at the September intake should ideally appear for these exams by November so that they can apply before the 1st deadline. The universities you will be applying to will mention which exam results they will accept. But if they give a choice to go for either of these, then the choice depends on you. The time required to prepare for IELTS/TOEFL/PTE would depend on the existing English language proficiency. Candidates may require 2 to 4 months of preparation before the exam date.

Repetition of exams: IELTS can be taken for an unlimited number of times. TOEFL can be retaken as many times as desired, but cannot be taken more than once in a 12-day period. Same holds true for PTE; it can be taken as many times as one wishes to. You must wait to receive your scores before you can book your next test. You can give GMAT an unlimited number of times, subject to five times a year and a gap of 30 days between two tests. You can take these tests with a gap of 30 days from the first time.

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TOEFL - Test of English as Foreign Language or more commonly referred to as TOEFL measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. The TOEFL test has been developed and is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), which sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report. TOEFL exam is required for admission at colleges and universities where the medium of instruction is English. Apart from academic purposes, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language proficiency exam that measures the language ability of candidates willing to study or work in a country where English is the language of communication. The exam mainly assesses the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Apart from academic purposes, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and certification agencies use IELTS scores to evaluate English proficiency.

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PTE (Pearson Test of English) - PTE Academic is a computer-based test which assesses the Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing abilities of non-native speakers of English who need to demonstrate their academic English capability — often to obtain places at English-speaking universities, higher education institutions or as proof of their language ability for a visa application.

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test) - The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) is a standardized test of English in use for academic purposes. It is designed to describe the level of English language of test takers planning to study in English-medium colleges and universities. The CAEL Assessment tests ability to use English as it is used in Canadian universities and colleges. It allows test takers to experience what it is like to participate in a Canadian post-secondary classroom. The CAEL Assessment offers a unique alternative to other standardized tests of English because it is a topic-based performance test. It comprises an integrated set of language activities. Test takers read articles, listen to a lecture, answer questions and write a short essay – all on one subject.

General Exams

GMAT - The Graduate Management Admission Test is given by those who want to pursue MBA or business or management related courses. The aspirants are measure on English, mathematical, and reasoning skills.

GRE - The Graduate Record Examination is also taken by students applying to graduate schools to pursue MA or MS. Also, many business schools also accept GRE scores for granting admission for pursuing MBA or business or management courses.

LSAT - The Law School Admission Test is a standardized test and is taken by students those who want to take admission in law schools. The students are evaluated on the basis of reading and verbal reasoning skills.

SAT - The Scholastic Assessment Test evaluates the aspirants on the basis of literacy and writing skills that are needed for academic success in higher education. This test measures how well the aspirants can solve problems-skills they learned in school which they will be using further in college. The SAT exam is generally taken by students who completed their schooling or students in high school to get admission in UG courses.

It is advisable to students to thoroughly check the entry requirements of the university/college they are applying to, then go for the exam accordingly. Many educational institutes accept some specific exams whereas some institutes allow students to give the exams of their choice. Therefore, before preparing for the exam students should check with the university they aspire to get into.

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Harish Gill

5 months ago

Hi sir/mam
I have done B.A. in 2017 with 47% from correspondence and doing now fellowship in education sector. Can I apply for Masters in Canada/ Australia.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

5 months ago

Hello, Harsh. You can check out Popular universities in Canada and Australia below:
Australia: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/australia
Canada: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/canada

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Anant

7 months ago

If someone is having 4 years of gap in between 11th - 12th but his/her graduation cgpa is around 8.5. Will that 4 years gap effect his acceptance offer somewhere ? Is that a problematic situation for him ????

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

7 months ago

Hello Anant. Yes. You would be required to explain the gap to your university during the admission process. The gap could be a problem if you don't have a solid reason behind it.

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Daniel

8 months ago

Hello sir, I have a doubt whether a 12th commerce student can study engineering (mechanical engineering) in Canada, is it possible?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hello Daniel. You can check out our guide on Canada: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/student-guide-to-canada-guidepage-14 I am sure this will address a lot of your queries.

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geetha naidu

8 months ago

i have 65% in my graduation and 2 years work experience. can I get an admission in good university ?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hello Geetha. You can check out popular Universities in Canada here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/canada. You can also get in touch with our Shiksha study abroad counsellors for their guidance here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply

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Somesh Saini

9 months ago

Hey, quick question.I've done my BSc degree in Geology but want to change my stream to designing in Canada also there are only UG courses available in designing, is it possible and if yes then whats about my BSc degree?
Thank You

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hello Somesh. Thank you for writing in. You got to understand that if you want to study for Masters in Design from any country you would need to have some understanding of Design in your earlier years, to be eligible for Masters in Design. You can check out our guide on Studying Design here: http...Hello Somesh. Thank you for writing in. You got to understand that if you want to study for Masters in Design from any country you would need to have some understanding of Design in your earlier years, to be eligible for Masters in Design. You can check out our guide on Studying Design here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/study-m-des-abroad-eligibility-colleges-fees-exams-jobs-articlepage-2563

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