English Language Requirements

Fewer than three years of English instruction

Students who do not have English 12 and have not completed three years of full-time, face-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 Levels 7-8 through VCC's ESL Pathways program or by completing VCC English courses with a minimum grade.

Please check your program for the level of English required.

E.g. VCC's Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program requires English 10. Students can complete ESL Pathways 7 or English 1101/1001 with a minimum grade of 50 per cent to meet this requirement.

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

ESL Pathways 8
ESL Listening and Speaking 8
(ELSK 0815)

AND

Reading and Writing 8
(ELSK 0820)

Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied

ESL Pathways 7
ESL Listening and Speaking 7
(ELSK 0715)

AND

Reading and Writing 7
(ELSK 0720)

N/A N/A N/A N/A Satisfied  Satisfied

LINC 8 (LINC 0608)

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

English 1101/1001

Minimum 64% Minimum 60% Minimum 55% Minimum 50% Minimum 50% Minimum 50%

Intensive Academic Reading and Writing
(ELSK 0930)

AND

ESL Pathways 8
Listening and Speaking 8
(ELSK 0815)

N/A N/A N/A N/A

Minimum 50%

AND

Satisfied

Minimum 50%

AND

Satisfied

ESL Pathways 8
Reading and Writing 8
(ELSK 0815)

AND

English Language Assessment (ELA)
Listening and Speaking

Satisfied

AND

Listening 25/30
Speaking 27/30

Satisfied

AND

Listening 25/30
Speaking 27/30

Satisfied

AND

Listening 25/30
Speaking 27/30

Satisfied

AND

Listening 25/30
Speaking 27/30

Satisfied

AND

Listening 24/30
Speaking 26/30

Satisfied

AND

Listening 23/30
Speaking 25/30

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing an English language assessment (ELA) or Canadian Language Benchmark placement test (CLBPT). 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 English Language Assessment (ELA)

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

 

Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT) - For Benchmarked programs only

 ListeningSpeakingReadingWriting
Administrative Assistant 7 7 7 7
Automotive Collision Repair 6 6 6 4
Baking and Pastry Arts 7 7 7 6
Baking and Pastry Arts - ESL 5 5 5 4
CAD and BIM (Drafting) 8 7 8 7
Culinary Arts (PC1 & PC2) 7 7 7 6
Culinary Arts - ESL 5 5 5 4
Digital Graphic Design 8 8 7 7
Hair Design & Skin and Body Therapy 7 6 6 4
Hospitality Management Diploma 8 7 8 8



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.