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Language Proficiency Information

Language Proficiency Information

Anyone applying to Centennial College must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency in order to be considered for admission. Most post-secondary programs require applicants to meet a minimum academic English prerequisite of grade 12 English or an equivalent. Mature students who are unable to demonstrate success in grade 12 English may meet proficiency by writing the Centennial College Language Skills Assessment test for admission.

Post-graduate programs require applicants to successfully complete two consecutive full years of post-secondary education in Canada in English or in a school and country where English is the primary language of instruction and communication. Satisfactory academic progress must be demonstrated.

Applicants to the following programs must complete three consecutive full years of secondary or post-secondary education in Canada in English or in a school and country where English is the primary language of instruction and communication:

  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician*
  • Practical Nursing or Practical Nursing Flex
  • Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion

*The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). It is a requirement of accreditation that candidates whose first language is not English meet one of the benchmarks as outlined by National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA 2009).

Applicants whose first language is not English may meet English proficiency requirements by taking one of the following English Language proficiency tests. The assessment may involve reading, writing, speaking and listening. The minimum score required can differ depending on the program. The minimum scores acceptable are listed below:

Minimum English Proficiency Scores Accepted

English Proficiency Test Certificate and Diploma Programs * Degree and Diploma Programs ** Other Programs ***
TOEFL 550 Paper-based
80+ minimums of 20 for the Internet-based test
560 Paper-based
84+ minimums of 21 for the Internet-based test
580 Paper-based
88+ minimums of 22 for the Internet based test
MELAB Score of 76 Score of 78 Score of 82
IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0.
Additional English language communications clinic sessions will be required and assigned for any single band score area below 6.5
CAEL Overall 60 Overall 60, Writing score 60 Overall 70, Writing score 60
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 51+ 58+ 60+
International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) 3.7+ 3.9+ 4.1+
Cambridge English Exams: Proficiency (CPE), Advanced (CAE), First (FCE) 167-169 170-179 180+

* With English Level COMM 160/161
** With English Level COMM 170/171
*** Fast-Track Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Ontario Graduate Certificate Programs

Note: Some programs may require a successful score in the College Language Skills Assessment in addition to a grade 12 English grade or equivalent for admission consideration.

English as a Second Language Partnerships

English Language Institution Location Course
Academie Linguistique Internationale Montreal, QC Level 7 Advanced
Canadian Language Centre Toronto, ON English for Academic Purposes
Canadian Language Learning Centre* Toronto, ON University Pathway Program
Connect School of Language Toronto, ON Pathway Program
Cornerstone Academic Toronto, ON Academic English Level 7
EC Toronto Toronto, ON Pre-Advanced
EC Vancouver Vancouver, BC Pre-Advanced
ELS Toronto Toronto, ON English for Academic Purposes Level 109 or higher
ELS Vancouver Vancouver, BC English for Academic Purposes Level 109 or higher
English School of Canada*** Toronto, ON University-College Transfer Program
Hansa Language Centre** Toronto, ON English for Academic Purposes and the Level 10 Exam
International Language Academy of Canada* Toronto, ON UP III’s PW 3.3 for graduate certificates; for all other credentials, PW 3.2
International Language Academy of Canada* Vancouver, BC UP III’s PW 3.3 for graduate certificates; for all other credentials, PW 3.2
International Language Schools Canada Toronto, ON University Pathway Program (A2 Level)
International Language Schools Canada Vancouver, BC University Pathway Program (A2 Level)
Kaplan International English  Toronto, ON C1 Advanced Level
Kaplan International English Vancouver, BC C1 Advanced Level
Open Hearts Language Academy** Miami, USA Advanced 1, Advanced 2, Elite
Oxford House College Miami Beach, USA Level 7
Oxford House College Toronto, ON Level 7
Quest Language Studies Toronto Toronto, ON Academic Pathway Certificate Program
Royal Canadian Institute of International Studies     Toronto, ON English for Academic Purposes
Sprachcaffe-SC-GEOS Languages Plus** Toronto, ON English for Academic Purposes - Level 3
Sprott Shaw Language College Toronto, ON English for Post-Secondary Education (EPE)
Sprott Shaw Language College Vancouver, BC English for Post-Secondary Education (EPE)
Sprott Shaw Language College Victoria, BC English for Post-Secondary Education (EPE)
St. George International College* Toronto, ON University College Preparation Program
Stafford House Toronto** Toronto, ON Academic College Preparation
Toronto International College Toronto, ON Level 5 Advanced
Upper Madison College Toronto, ON Level 15 (EAP Term 3)

*passing grade of 75% required
**passing grade of 80% required
***for degree programs, a passing grade of 80% required

Students who achieve a minimum grade of 70% in any of these programs will satisfy Centennial's English Language requirement for admittance into a Centennial College program.  Students will still need to follow the regular application procedures and must meet all other admission requirements.