Apply to General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes Program (Domestic Students)

Please note that the EAP program runs from 9am to 5pm daily, with classes on two schedules: the morning schedule is 9am to 1pm and the afternoon schedule is 1pm to 5pm. Therefore, you may be placed in the Morning or Afternoon schedule.

1. Apply on-line

  • Go to Ontario Colleges web site and apply for the English for Academic Purposes program at George Brown College.
  • Provide all the documents requested on the web site.
  • Accept the offer on-line.
  • Register and pay in person at the Student Services Counter, 200 King Street East, Basement level.

2. Take the Level Placement Test

Once you have registered, you must take a placement test to determine your level of English proficiency before you begin the ESL program. You will be given a test time upon registration.

Please note, if you have taken an IELTS (Academic) test or a TOEFL test within the last 2 years, you may present the test to the ESL office and be admitted directly into an EAP level rather than taking the placement. You must present your test results BEFORE the GBC level placement test date. The following tables are used to translate an IELTS or TOEFL test score into an EAP level.

IELTS (academic)* for direct entry to GBC EAP
OVERALL IELTS SCORE WRITING & SPEAKING requirement minimum GBC EAP Entry LEVEL
6 6.5 9
5.5 6 8
5.5 5.5 7
5.0 5 6
4.0-4.5 4.5 5
3.5 4 4
3 3.5 3
2.5 3 2
2.5 2.5 1
TOEFL* for direct entry to GBC EAP
OVERAL TOEFL SCORE SPEAKING requirement minimum WRITING requirement minimum GBC EAP Entry LEVEL
80-91 22 22 9
62-79 20 20 8
50-61 18 18 7
40-49 15 14 6
31-39 13 12 5
26-30 11 8 4
19-25 8 6 3
10-18 5 4 2
0 -9 2.5 2.5 1

*Test validity: 2 years.

Click here to view placement test dates

For updated information and course descriptions, call 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Note: Students either take the George Brown College ESL level placement test or choose to submit IELTS or TOEFL for level placement into the EAP program, but they may not choose both. Once the choice is made. It is final.

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