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English Language Proficiency

English is the language of instruction and communication at Assiniboine. Each program sets its own English language proficiency (ELP) requirements. Please check individual program requirements, as these may differ from the minimum language requirement for admission. All applicants must meet or exceed the level of English language skills as outlined in the program's admission requirements.

Applicants must demonstrate ability in English that will meet the demands of classroom instruction, discussions and written assignments.

If English is not the applicant's first/primary language and they are not from an English exempt country, they must provide supporting documentation to show that they meet one of the conditions below. Applicants will not be admitted until this requirement has been met.

Applicants to the Practical Nursing diploma program must meet the program-specific English language proficiency standards. Please refer to

Test and Program Options

Below is a list of the tests and programs to demonstrate English language proficiency that is acceptable at Assiniboine:

1. Test options:

Test and Acceptable Score

Contact Information

IELTS—6.5 Academic, no subscore lower than 6.0

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

The CAEL online test is accepted


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Effective April 1, 2020. ACC is accepting the Duolingo English Language Proficiency test. This is a temporary measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and may change.

A score of 115 or higher, with no subscore lower than 100, (except Production where the minimum score is 90), is required for most programs. Applicants should request that Duolingo send the results directly to Assiniboine Community College. For more information about the Duolingo English test, visit

Note: The Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT), held 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.

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

2. Program options:

Program and Acceptable Score

Contact Information

Assiniboine English as a Second Language (ESL) (for permanent residents only) classes progress report showing CLB 7-8 range, depending on college program choice

Assiniboine offers ESL classes.

204.725.8744 or 866.726.1117 or

Assiniboine English for Academic Purposes (for international students only) - equivalent to IELTS Academic 6.5 with no area less than 6.0

204.725.8700 ext 7019 or 800.862.6307 ext 7019 or

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

204.945.6151 ext 6303 (Red River College) or (University of Manitoba)

English School of Canada, UCTP (University/College Transfer Program) - minimum of 75%

Heartland International English School: Advanced 3 Program - minimum of 80%

ILSC Education Group University Pathway Program - minimum of B

William Academy English Foundation Course Level 3 - minimum of 75%

Waiver options:

Applicants must provide supporting documentation to show they meet one of the conditions below:

  • Three years of full-time education in English at an English-speaking secondary (high school) or post-secondary (university or college) level in Canada;
  • Graduation from an English-speaking Manitoba high school with at least one Senior 4 Core English with a minimum of 70%;
  • Graduation from an English-speaking Canadian high school with at least one Grade 12 English with a minimum of 70%;
  • Graduation from an English-speaking Canadian curriculum high school outside of Canada with at least one Grade 12 English with a minimum grade of 70%;
  • Successful completion of three years of full-time study from a country on the test-exempt list, including Grade 11 or 12 English (not ESL).
  • Assiniboine Community College reserves the right to request additional documentation, which may include the submission of a standardized test of English and/or an official comprehensive report from a recognized Canadian international credential evaluation service.

In some instances, students may request a waiver of the English language requirement. An application for a waiver may be made to the Registrar's Office. Not all programs accept a waiver, see program page for more information. Waivers may not be permitted if transcripts indicate modified programs. See Policy A17 - Application to College Programs for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) and a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) exit report?

The CLBPT (From Westman Immigrant Services or WELARC in Winnipeg) is used only for placement in English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes. It is not enough information for admission into college or university programs. A CLB exit report is completed after someone has taken EAL classes. It is the document that lists your CLB scores from those classes.