Language Proficiency Requirements for Pharmacists

International pharmacy graduates who submit objective evidence to demonstrate their language proficiency must meet the minimum acceptable scores for one of the objective tests listed below as set by NAPRA and within the standard error of measurement (SEM) where indicated.

The College only accepts test score reports sent directly from the testing institution.

ENGLISH TESTS

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Internet-based test or the TOEFL iBT Home Edition test. For more information, please see the Language Proficiency FAQ.

  • Speaking: 27 (SEM: 2)
  • Writing: 25 (SEM: 3)
  • Reading: Required; No minimum score set
  • Listening: Required; No minimum score set
  • TOTAL: 97 (SEM: 5)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Paper-based test

  • Test of Written English (TWE): 5 (SEM: 0.3)
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE): 50
  • TOTAL: 580 (SEM 14)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic format

  • Speaking: 6 (SEM: 0.5)
  • Writing: 6 (SEM: 0.5)
  • Reading: 6
  • Listening: 6
  • OVERALL BAND: 7 (SEM: 0.5)

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST) – Discontinued as of August 15, 2021; test scores accepted until August 15, 2022

  • Speaking: 4.5
  • Writing: 4.5
  • Reading: 4.5
  • Listening: 4.5
FRENCH TESTS

Test de français pour étudiants et stagiaires au Canada (TESTCan) – Discontinued as of August 15, 2021; test scores accepted until August 15, 2022

  • Listening : 4.5
  • Speaking: 4.5
  • Reading: 4.5
  • Writing: 4.5

Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) or TEF Canada

  • Speaking: 500
  • Writing: 500
  • Reading: 500
  • Listening: 500

Test de connaissance du français (TCF) or TCF Canada

  • Speaking: 12
  • Writing: 12
  • Reading: 499
  • Listening: 503
Non-Objective Evidence

Read the College’s policy on non-objective evidence of language proficiency.

College Contact: registrantservices@ocpinfo.com