English language level for entry to universities in USA and Canada

Academic achievement in the USA and Canada is measured by GPA (Grade Point Average) scores. 

Master's degree applicants may need GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. If you apply through Study Group, you do not need to take the ACT (American College Testing) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exams.

IMPORTANT: The information on this page is intended as a guide only. Each university will assess your complete application and make an offer based on your entire profile.

Find out more about the North American Higher Education systems

What are the entry requirements for a Bachelor's degree in the USA or Canada?

  • Successful completion of the international equivalent of US/Canadian secondary education (Year 12)
  • Diploma or acceptable certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • English language ability between TOEFL iBT 68 and 80 for direct entry (no official TOEFL score needed for some programs) - see English language requirements
  • Proven academic achievement demonstrating your ability to succeed in university-level studies

What are the entry requirements for a Master’s degree in the USA or Canada?

  • International equivalent of a North American four-year Bachelor's degree program from an accredited university
  • If you have a three-year Bachelor's degree or diploma, you can complete a qualifying Pre-Master's program first
  • Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended
  • English language ability between TOEFL iBT 79 and 95 for direct entry (an official TOEFL score may not be required for ESL and Pre-Master's programs) - see English language requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resumé for MBA programs
  • Plus specific requirements for individual courses

What is GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)?

Find out more, at mba.com/global/the-gmat-exam.aspx

What is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)?

Find out more, at ets.org/gre/