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 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)

or

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.

For programs starting in Fall 2017 (and subsequent start dates).

  Diploma/Certificate
Programs
Postgraduate Programs and Fast-track/ Bridges** GBC Degree Programs*
George Brown English for Academic (EAP) Program

Level 8

Level 9

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 
 

88 (online) minimum 22 in each skill band 
 

84 (online) minimum 21 in each skill band 
 

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

*Excludes the S118 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Ryerson Collaborative degree
** T403-Construction Management (for Internationally-Educated Professionals) requires the following: George Brown College ESL program Level 9; TOEFL 550 (paper), 213 (computer), 80 (online), 20 (each skill band); IELTS 6.0 (overall), 5.5 (each skill band); MELAB 80; CAEL 60 (overall); Canadian Language Benchmark 8.