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English Language Proficiency (ELP)

English is the language of instruction and communication at Assiniboine. Each program sets its own English language proficiency 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.

Test and program options: 

Below are a list of the tests and programs to demonstrate English language proficiency that are 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



Not available in Manitoba

 PTE Academic--58



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 esl@assiniboine.net


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 international@assiniboine.net


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

 204.945.6151 ext 6303 (Red River College) or elc@umanitoba.ca (University of Manitoba)

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


Heartland International English School, Advanced 2 (Level 5) - minimum of 75%


ILSC Education Group University Pathway Program - minimum of B


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



Waiver Options: 

In some instances, students may request a waiver of English language requirement. An application for a waiver may be made to the Registrar's Office. Waivers may not be permitted if transcripts indicate modified programs. See Policy A17 - Application to College Programs for more information.  Applicants must provide supporting documentation to show they meet one of the conditions below: 

Three years of full-time education in English at a secondary (high school) or post-secondary (university or college) level in Canada; 


Graduation from a Manitoba high school with at least one Senior 4 Core English with a minimum of 70%; 


Graduation from a Canadian high school with at least one Grade 12 English with a minimum of 70%; 


Graduation from a 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.

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