English Language Proficiency Chart

English language proficiency (ELP) test results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of your program.

For Spring 2020 - Spring 2021 term applications, in addition to the tests listed below, NorQuest College will accept results of the Duolingo English Test to meet the ELP requirement for most programs (does not include Band G or Band H programs). Acceptable scores are:

  • Band B programs: 75
  • Band C programs: 85
  • Band E programs: 105
  • Band F programs: 115
Band Program Test Score
B
  • Day Home Provider
CLBA No section score below 4
IELTS Academic 4.0
TOEFL iBT 32
CELPIP General 4
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 4000 or 4100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 4000 or 4100
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
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 5000 or 5100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 5000 or 5100
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)
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 7000 or 7100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 7000 or 7100 (not accepted for Health Care Aide)
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
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
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
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
Band Program Test Score
B
  • Day Home Provider
CLBA No section score below 4
IELTS Academic 4.0
TOEFL iBT 32
CELPIP General 4
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 4000 or 4100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 4000 or 4100
C
  • Academic Upgrading
  • Apprenticeship Prep
  • Foundations for Learning
CLBA No section score below 5
IELTS Academic 5.0
TOEFL iBT 40
CELPIP General 5
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 5000 or 5100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 5000 or 5100
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)
NorQuest coursework Minimum of:
  • 80% in ESLS 7000 or 7100, and
  • 80% in ESLW 7000 or 7100 (not accepted for Health Care Aide)
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
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
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
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