English language requirements for the Certification Program

To complete the CGFNS Certification Program, applicants must submit scores from one of four accepted English language proficiency examinations:

 

1. TOEFL® iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based Test)

A minimum total score of 83 is required. Please reference code number 9988 on your Certification Program application form to ensure your results will be sent electronically to CGFNS

2. TOEFL® PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Paper-based Test)

A minimum total test score of 540 is required on the paper-based version and a minimum total test score of 207 is required on the computer based version.  Please reference code number 9988 on your Certification Program application form to ensure your results will be sent electronically to CGFNS

3. TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication)

A minimum total test score of 725 is required. Please provide your Test Report Form (TRF) number on your Certification Program application form and request IELTS to have your exam scores made electronically available to CGFNS

4. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

A minimum total test score of 6.5 is required (Academic Module only). Please provide your Test Report Form (TRF) number on your Certification Program application form and request IELTS to have your exam scores made electronically available to CGFNS.

Please pay attention to the following when considering the English language requirements for the Certification Program:

  • Scores must be from an English language exam taken within 2 years of the Certification Program Qualifying Exam®.
  • You are not required to submit English language test scores in advance of taking the Qualifying Exam®. However, if you pass the Qualifying Exam®, you will not receive a Certification Program Certificate until English language proficiency exam scores are received.
  • You have 2 years to submit English language proficiency exam scores after taking the Qualifying Exam®. If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirement within 2 years of taking the Qualifying Exam®, you will be required to take the Qualifying Exam® again in order to receive a Certification Program Certificate.


Exemption from the English Language Proficiency Requirement

To be exempt from having to take an English language proficiency examination, you must meet the following two requirements: 

  1. Your entry-level professional education must have been completed in an English-speaking country; AND
  2. English must have been the language of instruction, including the language of the textbooks.

If you meet these two criteria, you do not need to take an English language proficiency examination. 

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