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English Proficiency

At Seneca, all instruction is in English. In order to be successful, you must have sufficient English proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking comprehension. For most College programs, you must demonstrate English proficiency at a Grade 12 level. Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs require English proficiency at the College level. NOTE: there are specific language proficiency requirements for the BScN degree program.

Mature Applicants

You must demonstrate English proficiency at a Grade 12 level; otherwise, you will be required to take the Mature Applicant entrance test.

Applicants with Qualifications Earned from Other Countries

If you have earned the equivalent of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma from outside Canada you will not be exempted from English proficiency testing unless your entire program of study was undertaken in English, and English is the only language of common usage in that country. If English is a second language, the College will allow acceptable test scores from well known tests of English as a second language (TOEFL or Academic IELTS) to be used as an equivalent to a Grade 12 English (see chart below).

International Applicants

Applicants from countries where English is not the only language of common usage will be required to EITHER :

  • submit proof of English proficiency by one of the recognized tests in the English proficiency test scores chart, OR
  • successfully complete an English preparatory program offered at Seneca.

For post-secondary diploma programs, the English admission requirement may be met by completing Level 8 of Seneca's English Language Institute. For degree programs and graduate certificate programs, applicants will be considered on an individual basis. For more information on English language testing for international applicants, see English Language Institute - Testing on the Seneca International website.

English Proficiency Test Scores Chart

The following chart is a general guideline for English proficiency scores.

TEST PROGRAM TYPE
  Diploma and Certificate Programs Degree Programs Ontario Graduate Certificate Programs
TOEFL 550 Paper-based
80 Internet-based with Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking minimums of 20
570 Paper-based
84 Internet-based with Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking minimums of 21
580 Paper-based
88 Internet-based with Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking minimums of 22
IELTS Overall band of 6.0
No single test score below 5.5
Overall band of 6.5
No single test score below 6.0
Overall band of 6.5
No single test score below 6.0

Test scores are to be sent from one of the above testing agents directly to the Seneca College International Admissions Office. Please provide the College’s name and full address at the time you take the test. For applicants who will take the TOEFL test, the Seneca College Institution Code is 9212.

For Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), please see the program specific English Language Proficiency requirements at http://www.senecac.on.ca/fulltime/BSCN.html.

For more information about the above tests, test dates, test requirements, test fees and the content of the tests, see:

 

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