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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.

For international student English proficiency including admission requirements by country of origin visit the international page:

International Student Admission Requirements

In order to meet the language 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 language proficiency requirements with one of the following proofs of language proficiency. The minimum test scores that are acceptable are listed below (as applicable). Please note: For admissions purposes, some programs require a higher score than the minimum stated below.

language proficiency Testing ProgramDiploma/Certificate
Postgraduate Programs and Fast-track/ Bridges**GBC Degree Programs*
George Brown English for Academic (EAP) ProgramLevel 8Level 9Level 9
IELTS (Academic)6.0, minimum 5.5 in each skill band6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band
TOEFL80 (online) minimum 20 in each skill band88 (online) minimum 22 in each skill band84 (online) minimum 21 in each skill band
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
CAEL60 (overall)70 overall (writing 60)70 overall (writing 60)
Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)169 or more (with no individual skill below 162)176 or more (with no individual skill below 169)176 or more (with no individual skill below 169)
George Brown Admissions Test (Mature applicants only)AvailableAvailableNot Available

*Excludes the S118 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Toronto Metropolitan University Collaborative degree