English Language Requirements

English 12 (fewer than three years of English instruction)

Students who have completed English 12 or equivalent but have not completed three years of full-time, fact-to-face secondary or post-secondary education in an English-speaking country where English is the primary language of instruction may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing one of the following options:

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing three credits of undergraduate English at a recognized post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction.

Undergraduate grades must meet or exceed the percentages below to fulfil VCC program requirements. Please check your program for the level of English required. 

E.g. VCC's Hairstylist Certificate requires English 10. Students can complete three credits of undergraduate English with a minimum overall score of 50 per cent to meet this requirement.

English 12
'B'
English 12
'C+'
English 12
'C'
English 12
'Pass'
English 11English 10
Minimum 64% Minimum 60% Minimum 55% Minimum 50% Minimum 50% Minimum 50%

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by obtaining Canadian Language Benchmark Level 8 through VCC's ESL Pathways and LINC programs. 

Please check your program for the level of English required.

VCC requirementsEnglish 12
'B'
English 12
'C+'
English 12
'C'
English 12
'Pass'
English 11English 10

ESL Pathways 8
Listening and Speaking 8
(ELSK 0815)

Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied

LINC 8
(LINC 0608)

N/A N/A N/A N/A Satisfied Satisfied

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing the VCC English language assessment. Visit the VCC Assessment Centre to book an appointment. Scores are valid for one year.

Please check your program for the level of English required.

VCC requirementsEnglish 12English 11English 10
Listening 25/30 24/30 23/30
Speaking 27/30 26/30 25/30
Reading 50/70 45/70 40/70
Essay 16/20 14/20 14/20

 

Students may meet VCC’s English language requirements by completing the Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL), IELTS academic modules, or Internet-based TOEFL. Scores are valid for two years.

Please check your program for the level of English required.

E.g. VCC's Graphic Design Certificate program requires English 12 with a 'C' grade. Students can complete IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0) to meet this requirement.

VCC requirementsEnglish 12
'B'
English 12
'C+'
English 12
'C'
English 12
'Pass'
English 11English 10
CAEL
Canadian Academic English Language Test

Listening: 60
Speaking: 60
Reading: 60
Writing: 60

Overall: 60

Listening: 60
Speaking: 60
Reading: 60
Writing: 60

Overall: 60

Listening: 60
Speaking: 60
Reading: 60
Writing: 60

Overall: 60

Listening: 60
Speaking: 60
Reading: 60
Writing: 60

Overall: 60

Listening: 50
Speaking: 50
Reading: 50
Writing: 50

Overall: 50

See program for required scores
IELTS
Academic module

Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 7.0
Reading: 6.0
Writing: 6.5

Overall: 6.5

Overall 6.5
with no band less than 6.0
Overall 6.5
with no band less than 6.0
Overall 6.5
with no band less than 6.0
Overall 6.0
with no band less than 5.5
See program for required scores

TOEFL
Internet-based

Listening: 22
Speaking: 23
Reading: 22
Writing: 23

Overall: 90

Listening: 20
Speaking: 20
Reading: 20
Writing: 20

Overall: 80

Listening: 20
Speaking: 20
Reading: 20
Writing: 20

Overall: 80

Listening: 20
Speaking: 20
Reading: 20
Writing: 20

Overall: 80

Listening: 16
Speaking: 18
Reading: 18
Writing: 18

Overall: 70

See program for required scores

 

Proof of credentials

All applicants using external credentials (e.g. degrees, credits, or test scores) to meet VCC's English language requirements must provide proof upon application.

 

Questions?

See more options for meeting VCC's English Language Requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your program and want more information about VCC English assessments or courses, please contact Advising Services.