Language Proficiency

If English is your second language, you will need to provide proof of English proficiency. Niagara College - Toronto will accept the language proficiency scores outlined in the chart below.

Niagara College reserves the right to add and remove language proficiency tests at any time.

Meeting or exceeding the minimum score requirements does not guarantee admission to Niagara College.

The chart represents general admission and may vary from country-specific admission requirements. Please contact admissions@niagaracollegetoronto.ca to learn more about country-specific requirements.

Undergraduate & Graduate Admission Requirements

Minimum overall accepted score
for Undergraduate Diploma programs

Minimum overall accepted score
for Graduate Certificate programs

Cambridge English Exams

(B2 First/FCE, C1 Advanced/CAE or C2 Proficiency/CPE)

169 with no skill below 162 176 with no skill below 169

International English Language Testing System (IELTS*) including Indicator Test

6 (No Individual band under 5.5) 6.5 (No Individual band under 5.5)

Duolingo Language Test

Between 105 – 110 Between 125 - 130

Internet-based (IBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) including Special Home Edition Test

79 with 20 in Writing and 20 in Speaking 79-80 with 22 in Writing and 22 in Speaking

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

53 - 57 58+

Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL) including CAEL Online Proficiency Test

60 with no individual band less than 50 60 with no individual band less than 50

Niagara College’s English for Academic Preparation (EAP)

Completion of Level 5 English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program with 70% and no individual grade under 50% Completion of Level 5 English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program with 75% and no individual grade under 50%
Toronto School of Management**
EAP Level 5 EAP Level 6
The Language Gallery Canada**
 
UPP Level 5 UPP Level 6

* Niagara College – Toronto recognizes the IELTS Academic tests. The IELTS General tests are not accepted for admissions to academic programs. Please note, meeting or exceeding the minimum score requirements does not guarantee admission to Niagara College - Toronto.

** The Language Gallery Canada and Toronto School of Management are Niagara College – Toronto recognized ESL pathway partners.