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In order to be successful and to be able to participate fully in class, all applicants must be fluent enough in English to understand instructors and the technical language used in their subject area. You may also wish to consider our English as a Second Language program - click here. Following is a list of English proficiency assessments recognized for admission to our programs.

  • St. Lawrence College ESL Pre-Academic Level Certificate: The required score is 60% except for degree and post-graduate programs which require at least 70%.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 78 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test is required except for degree and post-graduate programs. TOEFL for degree and post-graduate programs: 83 internet; 220 computer.
  • IELTS (International English Language Test Service): The required score for this British-based test is 6.0 overall, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each section except for degree and post-graduate programs. IELTS for degree and post-graduate programs: 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in each section. St. Lawrence College is a hosting venue for IELTS testing - more information.
  • CAEL (Canadian Adult English Language Assessment): An overall score of 60 is required for admission to our programs. This Canadian test assesses English use for academic purposes and is offered at Canadian embassies and at all Canadian Education Centre Network (CECN) locations.
  • STEP/EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency): A minimum score of Pre-1 is needed for this Japanese-based test.
  • MELAB: A minimum score of 80 is required except for degree and post-graduate programs. MELAB for degree and post-graduate programs: 82.
  • PTE: Pearson Test of English Language scores of 55 or higher for entrance to certificate and diploma programs and 60 for post graduate, degree and fast track programs

  • Cambridge English - Test scores of 173 or higher for entrance to certificate and diploma programs and 180 for post graduate, degree and fast track programs.

  • Queen’s University School of English – Advanced Level Certificate or higher.
  • English School of Canada (ESC): Successfully complete ESC Level 8 and all modules of the ESC College Transfer Program (CTP) to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for entry to post-secondary diploma and certificate programs.
  • St. George International College: Successfully complete the University/College Preparation Program (UCPP) for entry to post-secondary degree, diploma and certificate programs.
  • International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC): Successfully complete the Pre-Degree Program for entry to post-secondary degree, diploma and certificate programs.
  • Omnicom School of Languages: Successful completion of “Academic/College Preparation Course”; minimum grade 75%
  • ILSC Education Group: Successful completion of ILSC’s “Academic Preparation Level Advanced 2” (University Pathway Program); minimum grade 70%
  • KIOSK Language Centre; Successful completion of “English for Academic Purposes”; minimum grade 70%
  • Halifax Language Institute of Canada – 75% from Level 6 EAP for entry into Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas; 85% from Level 6 EAL for entry into Degrees, Fast-Track Programs and Graduate Certificates.

  • Quest Language Studies – Completion of Level 8 or 9 AND a minimum Academic Pathway Exit Test score of 75% for entry into Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas; completion of Level 8 or 9 AND a minimum Academic Pathway Exit Test score of 80% for entry into Degrees, Graduate Certificates and Fast-Track Programs.

  • Royal Canadian Institute of International Studies – Completion of EAP program with an overall score of 70% AND the final exam with a score of 6.0 for entry into Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas; Completion of EAP with an overall score of 80% AND the final exam score of 6.0 for entry into Degrees, Graduate Certificates and Fast-Track Programs. 

For more information contact international@sl.on.ca