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International Education

001-416-289-5393

P.O. Box 631
Station A Toronto,
ON, M1K5E9, Canada

 

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to Certificate and Diploma Programs

  1. International Application Form
  2. An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  3. English Proficiency requirements for programs with English Level COMM 160/161 are as follows:
Test Name Required Test Score for Certificate and Diploma Programs*
TOEFL (paper-based) 550+
TOEFL (computer-based) 80+ (with no test below 20)
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) Overall band score of 60
IELTS (Academic) 6.0+ (with no single test score below 5.5)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 51+
ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency) 3.7+

*With English Level COMM 160/161

Requirements for admission to Degree and Diploma Programs

  1. International Application Form
  2. An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  3. Include transcripts for any post-secondary College/University courses or programs completed.
  4. English Proficiency requirements for programs with English Level COMM 170/171 are as follows:
Test Name Required Test Score for Certificate and Diploma Programs**
TOEFL (paper-based) 560+
TOEFL (computer-based) 84+ (with no test below 21)
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) Overall band score of 60 and Writing 60
IELTS (Academic) 6.5+ (with no single test score below 6.0)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58+
ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency) 3.9+

**With English Level COMM 170/171

Requirements for admission to Graduate Programs

Fast-Track Diploma, Post-Graduate Diploma and Ontario Graduate Certificate Programs

  1. International Application Form
  2. University degree or a three-year college diploma from a recognized institution
  3. English Proficiency requirements are as follows:
Test Name Required Test Score for Certificate and Diploma Programs
TOEFL (paper-based) 580+
TOEFL (computer-based) 88+ (with no test below 22)
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) Overall band score of 70 and Writing 60
IELTS (Academic) 6.5+ (with no single test score below 6.0***)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60+
ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency) 4.1+

***Additional English language communications clinic sessions will be required and assigned for any single band score area below 6.5.

Students who have an overall IELTS score higher than required for program admission and have only one individual band score lower than our admission requirements may submit their application for further review. This lower individual band score can only be half a band below our published admission requirements.

All applicants to Centennial College must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency in order to be considered for admission. For details, visit our Language Proficiency Information page.

Possible exemptions are detailed on our TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL and MELAB Exemptions Page.

What if I don't meet the minimum requirements?

If you do not meet the minimum English requirement or you have no documentation as to prior English language assessment, you may still qualify for admission to Centennial in one of three ways:

  1. By writing Centennial College’s English assessment test.
  2. By applying to an English preparatory program called English Language Learning (ELL).
  3. By accepting an alternate offer to one of our foundation programs, College & University Preparation.

What type of student are you?

You are a Regular Visa Student if you meet one of the following criteria and are applying for a Post-Graduate Certificate or Fast Track program:

  • You do not have courses, diploma(s) or degree(s) at the postsecondary level, or do not wish to transfer credits or apply for advanced standing in one of our programs.
  • You are not registered in a partner school or Centennial College international campus.

Admissions requirements at Centennial College vary for each program. Please go directly to our program explorer to learn about specific academic requirements.

You are a Visa International Student if you fulfil the following admission requirements:

  • You must have academic standing equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). View a list of OSSD Equivalents.
  • You meet the special course requirements of individual programs as listed in the program outline.

You are an International Transfer Student if you meet one of the following criteria and are not applying for a Post-Graduate Certificate or Fast Track program:

  • You are registered in a partner school or Centennial College international campus.
  • You have courses, diploma(s) or degree(s) at the postsecondary level and wish to transfer credits or apply for advanced standing in one of our programs.