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English Language Testing

A pharmacist, who has completed a pharmacy degree from an educational institution outside of Canada or the United States, must provide proof of having successfully completed an English language test.

The results of that test are forwarded directly by the school to NAPRA, Suite 1800, 130 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4, Attention: Gateway Operations, and stored in the Candidate’s secure profile for use by your designated Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA).

If you have taken the language proficiency test through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), your results can be made available online through a secure portal and do not have to be sent by mail to Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada.

 

The following chart provides the scores required for a number of NAPRA-approved English language examinations. Test scores are only valid for two years.

Test Details Minimum
Score

SEM**

+/-

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

 




Internet-based test (iBT) Speaking
27
2
Writing
25
3
Reading
*
Listening
*
Total
97
5
Paper-based test (PBT)

Test of Written English (TWE)
5
0.3
Test of Spoken English (TSE)
50
 
Total
580
14
  Computer-based test (CBT)
-
-
-
 
2. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)



Speaking
3+
Writing
82
3
Reading
*
Listening
*
Total
85
3
 
3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)



Academic format Speaking
6
0.5
Writing
6
0.5
Reading
6
Listening
6
Overall Band
7
0.5
       
4. The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)


  Speaking
4.5
X***
Writing
4.5
X***
Reading
4.5
X***
Listening
4.5
X***
Total
X***
X***

 

TOEFL Computer-based Test is no longer administered.  CBT scores more than two years old are not current/ accepted.

 

*   Standard setting procedures only focused on the writing and speaking components.  The minimum total scores implicitly account for the scores for reading and listening.

 

**SEM= Standard Error of Measurement

 

***  All final band scores on the CanTEST, account already for the Standard Error Measurement (SEM).  CanTEST does not report total scores.

 

Learn more about the tests at these sites: