If you wish to either apply or register in the School of Continuing Studies but cannot provide proof of proficiency in English, you may register for the McGill SCS Test of English Language Proficiency (McGill SCS-TELP). The purpose of the test is to assess your level of proficiency in English.

Topics Covered

The test lasts approximately four hours and consists of five components:

  1. Oral Interview

  2. Listening Comprehension

  3. Written Expression

  4. Grammatical Structures

  5. Reading Comprehension

Oral interview appointments will be given on a first-come, first serve basis. Students who arrive late may not be admitted.

Learning Outcomes

Following the test, you will be placed in category A, B or C based on your level of English proficiency.








• You are eligible to apply for admission to a Career and Professional Development (CPD) program, provided the necessary academic admission requirements are met.
  • You are eligible to register for CPD courses as an independent (special) student.



• You are eligible to register as an independent (special) student in a maximum of two CPD courses* per semester for two consecutive semesters, provided academic requirements are met.

• You must concurrently pursue the English courses CEEN 421 - Written Communication Contexts and CEEN 422 - Oral Communication Contexts and achieve a grade of B- or higher in both courses.




• You are not eligible to register for CPD courses.

*Management courses must be approved by CPD or advisor.

Your test results will be sent to you by email four business days after the test takes place.


Please note that spaces are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must register for the test at least 24 hours in advance.

Taking the English Language Proficiency Test (TELP) does not guarantee a space in a course or admission to a program. The results of the test are valid for one year. Students are not permitted to write the McGill SCS-TELP more than once per semester.

Please note that all fees are non-refundable. Before submitting your registration, please double check the date you have chosen as test dates are fixed and final. If you cannot attend the date you registered for, you must register for a new test date and make another payment.


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