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English Language Proficiency

Students admitted to Brescia University College must be proficient in written and spoken English. For applicants whose first language is not English, where they have not lived or studied in an English environment, will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.

Applicants may present one of the official tests listed below or complete their ESL studies with one of Brescia’s ESL pathway partners. Students who can demonstrate English proficiency may have the requirements waived. To do so, please complete and submit the Language Waiver form Waiver Form.

Accepted English Language Proficiency Tests for Undergraduate Programs

Name  Accepted Score Notes
IELTS International A minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0.  
TOEFL: Internet based (iBT) A minimum score of 83 with no score below 20.  
TOEFL: Paper-based (PBT) and the TWE Brescia requires a 550 on the paper-based test with a 5 on the TWE.  
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) A minimum overall score of 58 with no score less than 56.  
CanTEST A minimum overall score of 4.0 with no part less than 4.0.  
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency A minimum overall score of 176 with no score below 169 in each component.  
CAEL & CAEL Online A minimum overall score of 60 with no score less than 60.  
Duolingo (DET) Minimum overall score of 115. The DET is only being accepted until December 2020.

 

Accepted English Language Pathways for Undergraduate Programs

Name Accepted Score Notes
CultureWorks Successful completion of Level 7.

Must also meet academic requirements for admission into an undergraduate program at Brescia.

https://cultureworkstheschool.com/ 

Brescia's BeReady Program
  • Minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (no section less than 5.5)
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 65 (no section less than 12)
  • Minimum CAEL score of 50 (minimum 50 in all sections)
  • Minimum PTE Academic score of 54 (with no score less than 54)
  • Minimum BC ENG12 passing grade (with pass in Provincial exam)

This is a fast-track 6-week program for incoming undergraduate students who fall just below the required English language requirements. *This is typically offered once per year from July – August.

Brescia's Preliminary Year Program + Language Successful completion of the Preliminary Year with Language.  
The Western English Language Centre Successful completion of the High Advanced Level.

Must also meet academic requirements for admission into an undergraduate program at Brescia.

Fanshawe College EAP Program Successful completion of the EAP program, Level 10 – Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum of 80%. https://www.fanshawec.ca/international/new-applicants/eap

 

Accepted English Language Proficiency Tests/Pathways for the Preliminary Year Program (Lower Level English) 

Name Accepted Score
IELTS International A minimum overall band score of 5.0 – 5.5 with no band below 5.0.
TOEFL: Internet based (iBT) A minimum score of 34-59.
TOEFL: Paper-based (PBT) and the TWE Minimum score between 416-495.
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Minimum score between 35 – 49.
Duolingo (DET) Minimum overall score of 83-99. *Only accepting DET until December 2020.
CultureWorks Level 4

 

Accepted English Language Proficiency Tests/Pathways for the Preliminary Year Program (Upper Level English)

Name Accepted Score
IELTS International A minimum overall band score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5.
TOEFL: Internet based (iBT) A minimum score of 60-82.
TOEFL: Paper-based (PBT) and the TWE Minimum score between 496-557.
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Minimum score between 50-57.
Duolingo (DET) Minimum overall score of 100-114. *Only accepting DET until December 2020.
CultureWorks Level 5

 

Be Ready Program

Be Ready is a fast-track, six-week English language program offered during the summer at Brescia. The Be Ready program is for incoming students who fall just below minimum English language requirements.

In partnership with CultureWorks ESL, Brescia will conditionally admit students to study in this intensive ESL program if they present the minimum required proficiency scores of:

  • Minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (no section less than 5.5)
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 65 (no section less than 12)
  • Minimum CAEL score of 50 (minimum 50 in all sections)
  • Minimum PTE Academic score of 54 (with no score less than 54)
  • Minimum BC ENG12 passing grade (with pass in Provincial exam)

The cost for the online summer program is $3000 including tuition and learning materials.
Space is limited, so get your application in early!

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