English language proficiency | Assiniboine Community College

English Language Proficiency

English is the language of instruction and communication at Assiniboine Community College. All applicants must demonstrate ability in English that will meet the demands of classroom instruction, discussions and written assignments. All applicants educated outside of Canada must include with their application one of the following options as proof of English language proficiency:

1. An acceptable score on a recognized test of English language proficiency

Test and Acceptable Score

Contact Information

IELTS—6.5 on AC, no subscore lower than 6.0

Assiniboine offers IELTS preparation and testing

204.725.8700 ext 6122 

ielts@assiniboine.net  www.assiniboine.net/ielts  or www.ielts.ca

TOEFL—79 IBT, no skill score lower than 18


CanTEST—4.5 in reading and listening and 4.0 in writing and speaking


CAEL – 60



Not available in Manitoba


Note: The Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT), done at Westman Immigrant Services in Brandon, or WELARC in Winnipeg, is not a test of English language proficiency for college admission. It is a test of English language only for placement in English classes. Applications with only a CLBPT result are incomplete and therefore will be cancelled.

Many tests have an expiry date; please ensure your test results have not expired. 

2. Satisfactory completion of one of the following programs


Program and Acceptable Score

Contact Information

English as an Second Language (ESL) classes progress report showing CLB 7-8 range, depending on college program

Assiniboine offers ESL classes

204.725.8744 or 866.726.1117 or esl@assiniboine.net


 AEPUCE program (available in Winnipeg) —completion with minimum 65%

 204.945.6151 (Red River College) or elc@umanitoba.ca (University of Manitoba)


3. Successful completion (minimum 2.0 GPA or C average) of one year (minimum eight months) of full-time study at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or a country on the test-exempt list.

4. Successful completion of two years of full-time study in an English language high school in Canada or a country on the test-exempt list including Grade 11 and 12 English (not EAL).

Note: Applicants who meet an English language proficiency requirement (above) and have education considered equivalent to Grade 12 will not need to take a Grade 12 English Language Arts course. If you have any questions about English language proficiency, please contact Student Services at 204.725.8723 or toll-free at 800.862.6307, ext 6639 and speak to the Student Advisor for the program you are interested in.

5. Successful completion of our alternative pathway through one of our recognized Language School Partnerships.

Private language school


English School of Canada


Heartland International English School


ILSC Education Group


William School


6. Successful completion of Assiniboine Community College’s English for Academic Purposes pathway program for international students. See here for information.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Assiniboine is an official testing centre for the IELTS, the most popular test of English language proficiency. Visit our IELTS page for additional information.