English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) as part of the admissions process. ELP requirements for each NorQuest College program are detailed on the Program Requirements page. For most programs, there are five ways to meet ELP requirements:

  1. By completing NorQuest College ESL Intensive coursework that the program has identified as acceptable for meeting ELP.
  2. By achieving an acceptable score on an ELP test, such as:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • CLBA (Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment)
    • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
    • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
    • CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)
    • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program)
    • Other ELP tests as deemed acceptable by the Office of the Registrar

    View the NorQuest College English Language Proficiency Chart for:

    For more information about ELP tests and submitting results, visit ELP Tests.
  3. By completing high school in Canada. Studies must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study and completion of Grade 12 English or its equivalent.
  4. By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada. The program must have involved at least two full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.
  5. By completing at least three consecutive years of full-time secondary or post-secondary study in English in an ELP Exempt Country or in a recognized institution where the primary language of instruction is English. These studies must include satisfactory completion of Grade 12 English or its equivalent, and cannot include English as a Second Language or Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada courses.

NorQuest College may require additional English language testing if the college receives contradictory ELP evidence (e.g. low ELP test scores) for an applicant.

Note: ELP requirements are part of the admission requirements for NorQuest College programs. Most programs will also have English academic admissions requirements that are separate from ELP requirements, and you must meet both sets of requirements for admission.