English Language Requirements

We want our students to be able to fully participate in all NBCC educational activities. Therefore, you must be able to demonstrate adequate competence in English.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for admission to NBCC programs, you can apply directly to the University of New Brunswick Saint John College for admission into their English for Academic Purposes program.

Full participation in learning activities depends upon adequate proficiency in the language of instruction. In the case of non-Canadian transcripts, NBCC will require translation into either of the two official languages.

Adequate competency in the English language is required for international and permanent resident (landed immigrants) applicants.

NBCC may request the submission of a valid test score on a recognized linguistic test if:

  • the applicant's first language is not English; or,
  • a minimum of three (3) years of secondary education has not been in English; or,
  • a minimum of one (1) year successful completion in a recognized post-secondary institution has not been in English.

If your first language is not English, NBCC will require proof of English language competency and will accept any one of the following (IMPORTANT NOTE: this must be received by July 15th for regular programs starting in September and by November 15th for regular programs starting in January):

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Internet based test: minimum score of 80 with no subject test less than 20
  • NBCC's ETS designated institution code is: 3027. Please use this code when writing the TOEFL so your scores will be sent directly to the College Admissions Office.
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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic test only
  • Minimum score of 6.0 with no subject test score less than 5.5
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Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Cambridge English
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Overall Cambridge English Scale score of 169
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Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)
The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic)
  • Minimum score of 65 with no subject test less than 60
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Saint John College (UNB)
  • Minimum score 85% in Level 5 of Saint John College's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program.
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McKenzie College
  • Minimum requirement: successful 75% completion of Level 4B
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Global Education Opportunities and Services (GEOS)
Canadian Language Learning College (CLLC)
International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC)