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.

Professional Programs TOEFL
Test of English as a Foreign Language
IELTS
International English Language Testing System
EAP
English for Academic Purposes
CLB
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
Grade B+ 8

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.

International Students

  1. 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
  2. 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.