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Language Proficiency

At Niagara College we administer a series of language proficiency tests for placement into the English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program. The goal of our placement testing is to ensure that all students are placed in a class level appropriate for their language proficiency.

If you have completed your studies from outside of Canada you may be required to provide proof of one or more of the following:

  • Niagara College Mature Student Test for English
  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level (Ontario High School Curriculum)
  • ACE English (Academic Upgrading)

For more information:

christina-posteraro
Christina Posteraro ESL Testing Co-ordinator 905-735-2211 ext. 7888

 

Language Proficiency Admission Requirements

If English is your second language, Niagara College will also accept the following language proficiency scores:

Undergraduate Programs

TestMinimum Score Requirements
TOEFL

Paper: 500
Computer: 173
iBT: 79 minimum: 20 Writing, 20 Speaking

IELTS

6.0 overall
No individual band under 5.5

CAEL60 - No band under 50
EAP

Completion of Level 5 English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program with 70% and no individual grade under 50%

Degree and Graduate Programs

TestMinimum Score Requirements

TOEFL

Paper: 550 (TESL: 600)
Computer: 213 (TESL: 250)
iBT: 79-80 minimum: 22 Writing, 22 Speaking

IELTS

6.5 overall
No individual band under 5.5

CAEL60 - No band under 50

EAP

Completion of Level 5 English for Academic Preparation program with 75% and no individual grade under 60%


*some exceptions apply, see below for details

** Graduate programs in Critical Care Nursing, Gerontology, Palliative Care and Community Mental Health, must meet the same requirements as “All post-secondary (undergraduate) programs” and are exempt from standard Graduate program English proficiency requirements.

 

If you applied for post-secondary or short term testing you can find more information here

EAP Equivalency Table

The IELTS, TOEIC and TOEFL scores provided are for planning purposes only and provide students with an indication of EAP level placement in the Niagara College English for Academic Purposes Program. All incoming students are required to complete the NC EAP in-house placement test upon arrival to Canada in order to be placed into the appropriate EAP level.

Level
1
4 MONTHS
IELTS
2.5 or below
TOEIC
10 – 225
TOEFL
iBT 19 – 29
CEFR Level
0-A1
Level
2
4 MONTHS
IELTS
3 – 4.5
TOEIC
230 – 395
TOEFL
iBT 29 – 40
CEFR Level
A1
Level
3
4 MONTHS
IELTS
4.5 – 5
TOEIC
400 – 545
TOEFL
iBT 41 – 52
CEFR Level
A2
Level
4
4 MONTHS
IELTS
5 – 5.5
TOEIC
550 – 695
TOEFL
iBT 53 – 64
CEFR Level
B1
Level
5
4 MONTHS
IELTS
5.5 – 6
TOEIC
695 – 795
TOEFL
iBT 65 – 82
CEFR Level
B2

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