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English Requirements

Find out what level of English proficiency is required for your program of choice


English admissions requirements equivalencies

English admissions requirements vary by programs. Refer to the English Entrance Requirements for International Students for various programs before applying to VCC.


Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL)

CAEL scores are accepted at VCC. The required scores are 60 overall and in each score of all VCC programs.


Duolingo: Temporarily accepted for 2020-21 programs

For students in a region impacted by IELTS or TOEFL test centre closures due to COVID-19, VCC will temporarily accept the Duolingo English Test as one of the ways to meet our English Entrance Requirements for International Students. Duolingo English Tests taken after February 1, 2020 will be accepted for the Spring/Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 intakes.

IELTS   Duolingo English Test   
6.5 Minimum 110
6.0 Minimum 100
5.5 Minimum 90
5.0 Minimum 80


English-Speaking Countries

Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through three years of full-time face to face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official language. Refer to the list of countries that satisfy the English language standard for listening and speaking for more information. ESL courses are not included in the three-year calculation.


Study English for Academic Preparation

If you do not meet the English admissions requirements and wish to upgrade English before studying at VCC, you may study at VCC's partner language schools (ILAC or ILSC) to meet VCC's requirements. Contact ILAC or ILSC directly for details.