Updated: October 29, 2020 9:00 AM

Update on Winter term 2021

English Language Proficiency Chart

Program Test Score

Band B

  • Day Home Provider
CLBA No section score below 4
IELTS Academic 4.0
TOEFL iBT 32
CELPIP General 4
Duolingo 75
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 4000 or 4100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 4000 or 4100

Band C

  • Academic Upgrading
  • Apprenticeship Prep
  • Foundations for Learning
  • Upgrading for ESL Youth
CLBA No section score below 5
IELTS Academic 5.0
TOEFL iBT 40
CELPIP General 5
Duolingo 85
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 5000 or 5100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 5000 or 5100

Band E

  • Accounting Technician
  • Administrative Professional
  • Business Administration
  • Health Care Aide
IELTS Academic 6, no section score below 5.5
TOEFL iBT 71
CELPIP General 7, no section score below 6
CAEL 60 (not accepted for Health Care Aide)
Duolingo 105
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 7000 or 7100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 7000 or 7100 (not accepted for Health Care Aide)

Band F

  • Addictions Recovery Practitioner
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community Support Worker
  • Dental Office Assistant
  • Disability Studies
  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • Educational Assistant
  • Environmental Protection Technology
  • Hospital Unit Clerk
  • Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant
  • Justice
  • Medical Device Reproc.Technician
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Mental Health Recovery Practitioner
  • Optical Office Assistant
  • Settlement Studies
  • Social Work
  • Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Veterinary Office Assistant
IELTS Academic 6.5, no section score below 6.0
TOEFL iBT 84, no section score below 21
CELPIP General 8, no section score below 7
CAEL 70, no section score below 70
Duolingo 115
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 8000 or 8100, and 80% in ESLW 8000 or 8100; or
  • 50% in ESLG 1898 and 1899; or
  • 50% in ESLG 1860 and 1861

Band G

  • Pharmacy Technician *
IELTS Academic 6.5, no section score below 6.0
TOEFL iBT 91, no score below: 21 listening, 23 speaking, 22 reading, 25 writing
MELAB 81, no score below: 80 listening, 3+ speaking, 83 reading, 80 writing
CanTest No score below: 4.5 listening, 4.5 speaking, 4.5 reading, 4 writing

Band H

  • Practical Nurse
  • Practical Nurse Refresher
  • Health Care Leadership
IELTS Academic No score below: 7.5 listening, 7 speaking, 6.5 reading, 7 writing
TOEFL iBT 94
CELBAN No score below: 10 listening, 8 speaking, 8 reading, 7 writing
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 50% in ESLG 1860 and 1861
Program Test Score

Band B

  • Day Home Provider
CLBA No section score below 4
IELTS Academic 4.0
TOEFL iBT 32
CELPIP General 4
Duolingo 75
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 4000 or 4100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 4000 or 4100

Band C

  • Academic Upgrading
  • Apprenticeship Prep
  • Foundations for Learning
CLBA No section score below 5
IELTS Academic 5.0
TOEFL iBT 40
CELPIP General 5
Duolingo 85
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 5000 or 5100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 5000 or 5100

Band E

  • Accounting Technician
  • Administrative Professional
  • Business Administration
  • Health Care Aide
IELTS Academic 6, no section score below 5.5
TOEFL iBT 71
Cambridge English Language Assessment 170-179 (not accepted for Health Care Aide)
CAEL 60 (not accepted for Health Care Aide)
PTE Academic 54 (not accepted for Health Care Aide)
Duolingo 105
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 7000 or 7100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 7000 or 7100 (not accepted for Health Care Aide)

Band F

  • Addictions Recovery Practitioner
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community Support Worker
  • Dental Office Assistant
  • Disability Studies
  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • Educational Assistant
  • Environmental Protection Technology
  • Hospital Unit Clerk
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant
  • Justice
  • Medical Device Reproc.Technician
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Mental Health Recovery Practitioner
  • Optical Office Assistant
  • Settlement Studies
  • Social Work
  • Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Veterinary Office Assistant
IELTS Academic 6.5, no section score below 6.0
TOEFL iBT 84, no section score below 21
Cambridge English Language Assessment 180+, no section score below 165
CAEL 70, no section score below 70
PTE Academic 59, no section score below 56
Duolingo 115
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 8000 or 8100, and 80% in ESLW 8000 or 8100; or
  • 50% in ESLG 1898 and 1899; or
  • 50% in ESLG 1860 and 1861

Band G

  • Pharmacy Technician *
IELTS Academic 6.5, no section score below 6.0
TOEFL iBT 91, no score below: 21 listening, 23 speaking, 22 reading, 25 writing
MELAB 81, no score below: 80 listening, 3+ speaking, 83 reading, 80 writing
CanTest No score below: 4.5 listening, 4.5 speaking, 4.5 reading, 4 writing

Band H

  • Practical Nurse
  • Practical Nurse Refresher
  • Health Care Leadership
IELTS Academic No score below: 7.5 listening, 7 speaking, 6.5 reading, 7 writing
TOEFL iBT 94
CELBAN No score below: 10 listening, 8 speaking, 8 reading, 7 writing
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 50% in ESLG 1860 and 1861

* For specific details about ELP requirements for this program, see the Pharmacy Technician program requirements