English Language Proficiency (Admission Requirement)
All students applying for undergraduate admission whose first language is not English will be required to write one of the following English proficiency tests:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) or the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT). The minimum score required on the TOEFL is 580 on the paperbased with a 5 on the TWE, and 88 on the internet-based tests with a score of 22 in speaking, reading and writing and 20 in listening.
The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). A minimum overall score of 85 is required with no score less than 80.
The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). A minimum overall band score of 7.0 is required with no part less than 6.5.
The CanTEST. A minimum overall score of 4.5 is required with no part less than 4.0.
The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). A minimum overall score of 70 is required with no part less than 60.
The University may use discretion when considering applicants whose scores do not meet the above minimum scores and where there is further evidence of English proficiency.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit proof of English proficiency, as stated above, to the Admissions Office before an offer of admission can be made. Proficiency in English is required of all students [see also the policy on ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (for assignment of grades)].
TOEFL/ TWE and the iBT are offered on several dates in a number of places in Canada, the United States and elsewhere. The TOEFL/TWE Bulletin of Information and registration material may be obtained from various areas on the Western campus, or by contacting:
Western’s Institution code number is 0984.
MELAB is offered in Canada and the United States only. Arrangements can be made by contacting:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, Testing and Certification
MELAB TESTING OFFICE, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
IELTS is offered in British Council Offices outside Canada and the United States. Arrangements can be made by contacting:
CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATIONS AND IELTS INTERNATIONAL
The CanTEST is managed by the University of Ottawa and is offered in various provinces within Canada. Arrangements can be made by contacting:
The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) is managed through Carleton University and is offered in various countries internationally. Arrangements can be made by contacting:
The CAEL Assessment Office
The English as a Second Language Program offered by
Fanshawe College may be used as proof of English language proficiency. For more information visit: www.fanshawec.ca/EN/international/international/esl.html
Also see ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (for assignment of grades).
High-Advanced Level Cultureworks ESL Program
The English as a Second Language Program offered by CultureWorks may be used as proof of English language proficiency. Students who graduate from the High-Advanced level of the ESL program at CultureWorks are considered to demonstrate the level of English language proficiency required for admission and will not be required to provide further proof of English language proficiency.
English Language Proficiency Requirements For Candidates For the BEd Degree
All students admitted to the Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Education programs must meet one of the following criteria:
a) their mother tongue or first language is English;
b) they have studied full-time for at least three years (or equivalent in part-time studies) in a university where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English;
c) in order to be considered for admission, they have achieved the minimum level of proficiency on one of the tests in English language as follows and provided an official statement of results for:
i) Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP) showing a minimum score of 7 and Test of Written Proficiency (TOW) with a minimum score of 3;
ii) TOEFL with a score of 250 computer-based including a minimum score of 55 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); and a total score of 100 internet-based, including a speaking score of 25 and writing score of 25.
iii) MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a minimum score of 90 and at least 4 on the oral interview;
iv) IELTS (International English Language Testing system) with a score of 7 including at least 6.5 in reading and speaking and at least 7 in writing and speaking.
Students who, after admission, show an inadequate command of spoken or written English must improve their proficiency to the School’s satisfaction. Students may be asked to withdraw from the program if their inadequate command of English interferes with their ability to communicate effectively in a classroom.
English Language Proficiency Requirements For Admission to Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Students applying for admission to undergraduate Nursing programs must satisfy criteria for English Proficiency, as outlined below:
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Students applying for admission to undergraduate Nursing programs must satisfy one of the following criteria:
English as a first language,
At least four recent years of full-time study in an educational institution where the language of instruction was entirely in English and was located in a country where the first language is English,
The required level of proficiency on an acceptable test of English language and an acceptable test of spoken English.
Acceptable Tests and Scores:
• TOEFL: Paper-based 580; Computer-based 237 and TSE (Test of Spoken English) 50 or greater; Internet-based - total score of 92-93, with 22-24 in writing, 26 in speaking, 20 in reading, and 20 in listening.
• MELAB: 90, with at least 4 on the oral interview.
• IELTS: 7, with at least 6.5 in reading and listening, and at least 7 in writing and speaking.
Students who, after admission, show an inadequate command of spoken or written English must improve their proficiency to the School’s satisfaction. Students may be asked to withdraw from the program if their inadequate command of English interferes with their ability to provide professional services.
Fanshawe College/Huron College Bridging Program For Admission
Effective September 1, 1995, Huron College will accept as a basis of admission, successful completion of the Fanshawe College/Huron College Bridging Program as an alternative to the English Language Proficiency Requirement for international students.
English Language Proficiency SR.97-272
Admission Requirements SR.June2009
ESL Program Fanshawe College In Lieu SR.FEB09
Requirements for BEd Degree SR.05-231
Requirements for Nursing Programs SR.07-062b
Fanshawe College/Huron College S.94-290