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English Proficiency: Canadian Applicants

International applicants, please review your English proficiency requirements.

At Seneca, all courses are taught in English and to be successful in a program, your English communication, listening, comprehension, reading and writing skills must be at a level to meet the demands of your program.

Applicants to postgraduate certificate programs, the Practical Nursing Diploma (PND) and Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology degree** must demonstrate overall proficiency in English through one of the following:

  • Three years of successful full-time study in a secondary school and country* where English is the primary language spoken; or,
  • Three years of successful full-time study in a Canadian curriculum high school outside of Canada; or,
  • Three years of successful full-time study in a French high school in Canada with three consecutive years of English
  • Two full-time years of successful study in a college or university undergraduate program in an institution and country where English is the primary language spoken
  • Successful completion of a college postgraduate certificate or university postgraduate degree, in an institution and country where English is the primary language spoken
  • For PND, Seneca will accept successful completion of a Pre-Health Certificate from an Ontario College as proof of proficiency.

Applicants to Seneca’s Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSCN) must meet proficiency requirements as described on the York University website.

Seneca will accept the following recognized tests and scores to demonstrate proficiency.

 

Test Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology Ontario Graduate Certificate Programs Practical Nursing Diploma
Seneca
Pre-
Admission
Test
Please contact
Admissions for details
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Admissions for details
Not accepted
TOEFL
Paper-
based
Minimum score 570 Minimum score 580 Minimum score 550
TOEFL
Internet-
based
Overall 84 with Writing,
Reading, Listening and
Speaking minimums of 21
Overall 88 with Writing,
Reading, Listening and
Speaking minimums of 22
Overall 80 with Writing,
Reading, Listening and
Speaking minimums of 20
IELTS
Academic
Overall band of 6.5
No single test score below 6.0
Overall band of 6.5
No single test score below 6.0
Overall band of 6.0
No single test score below 5.5
PTE Minimum score 60 Minimum score 60 Minimum score 58

*Canada, Australia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, New Zealand, Singapore, U.S., U.K. and Caribbean countries excluding Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico

**Students who take the Seneca pre-admission test to demonstrate proficiency for Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology must also present transcripts showing completion of a Grade 12 U Compulsory English or equivalent with a minimum Grade of 65%.