English Proficiency

All applicants to George Brown College must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency in one of following ways, in order to be considered for admission.

Please note: Most programs require that applicants meet a minimum academic English prerequisite of compulsory Grade 12U, C or OAC English or equivalent.

In order to meet the English proficiency requirement, applicants must:

1. Provide proof that their secondary and/ or post-secondary studies were completed at a recognized institution where English is the primary media of instruction. The studies must be relevant to the admission requirements for the specific program (s) applied to (e.g. an advanced diploma or degree is required for certain postgraduate program)


2. Applicants with transcripts from an institution where the language of instruction is not English may meet English proficiency requirements with one of the following proofs of language proficiency. Minimum test scores acceptable are listed below (as applicable).Please note: For admissions purposes, some programs require a higher score than the minimum stated below.

Postgraduate Programs GBC Degree Programs*
George Brown English for Academic (EAP) Program Level 8 Level 8 (non co-op programs)
Level 9 (co-op programs)
Level 9
IELTS (Academic) 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each skill band 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band
TOEFL 80 (online) minimum 20 in each skill band
550 (Paper-based)
213 (Computer)
84 (online) minimum 21 in each skill band
570 Paper-based
213 (Computer)
92 (online) minimum 22 in each skill band
580 Paper-based
237 (Computer)
MELAB 80 85 85
PTE (Academic) 54, overall minimum
50 in each skill band
60, overall minimum
55 in each skill band
60, overall minimum
55 in each skill band
CAEL 60 (overall) 70 overall (writing 60) 70 overall (writing 60)
George Brown Admissions Test (Mature applicants only) Available Available Not Available

*Does not apply to Ryerson degrees