The following are the Language Proficiency Requirements for admission to Columbia College’s professional programs for students whose first language is not English and/or who have been educated in another country where English was not the language of instruction. Please note that some programs have identified other means or additional ways by which language proficiency may be demonstrated. All students applying to Columbia College must take the Columbia College Assessments.
Exception – Students who have successfully completed Columbia College’s EAP Level 3 with the required final grade in all four areas – Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing will be considered as having met the English entry requirements for their chosen Columbia College professional program. They will not be required to take the English Entry Assessment.
The College may request that you provide the documentation below in addition to taking a Columbia College assessment. Exceptions may be made depending on each individual case.
Please note that these are not the complete admission requirements for each program. Students should see the listing of academic and other requirements as stated by their program of interest.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
International English Language Testing System
English for Academic Purposes
Canadian Language Benchmarks
|Accounting Assistant||83||6 with minimum band score of 5.5||Grade B||8|
|Administrative Assistant||83||6 with minimum band score of 5.5||Grade B||8|
|Legal Assistant||83||6 with minimum band score of 5.5||Grade B||8|
|Criminal Justice||83||6 with minimum band score of 5.5||Grade B||8|
|Human Services||83||6 with minimum band score of 5.5||Grade B||8|
|Education Assistant||83||6 with minimum band score of 5.5||Grade B||8|
|Dental Administration||83||6 with minimum band score of 5.5||Grade B||8|
|Dental Assistant||83||6 with minimum band score of 5.5||Grade B+||8|
|Health Care Aide||71||5.5 with minimum band score of 5.0||Grade B||7|
|Practical Nurse||83||Listening – 7.5
Speaking – 7.0
Reading – 7.0
Writing – 7.0
English Language Proficiency tests cannot be more than two years old from the day of testing. Results that expire before the start of the program will not be accepted. Official results must be submitted.
- Applicants who are from the following countries are exempt from having to send proof of English Language Proficiency
American Samoa Falkland Islands Mauritius St. Lucia Anguilla Fiji Montserrat St. Vincent Antigua Ghana New Zealand Trinidad and Tobago Australia Gibraltar Northern Ireland Turks and Caicos Bahamas Grenada Pacific Island Uganda Barbados Guam Panama Canal Zone United Kingdom Bermuda Guyana Ryukyu Islands USA Belize Ireland (Republic of Eire) Scotland Virgin Islands Canada Jamaica Seychelles Wales Cayman Islands Kenya South Africa Zimbabwe Dominica Malta St. Helena Nevis England Malawi St. Kitts
- If an applicant is in Calgary, the need for an English Language Proficiency test may be waived as the applicant will be interviewed by the Admission Advisor and undergo language assessment at the College.