Language Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Since all academic activities at Ashton College are conducted in English, it is essential that all students
possess strong writing, speaking, listening and reading skills. Before prospective students can be admitted to Ashton College, they must meet the Ashton College English Language Proficiency requirements. There are several different ways to do this:

1. Policy

  • 1.1. Achieve a grade of 70% or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or English
    Literature 12 or equivalent;
  • 1.2. Complete three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English within Canada
    immediately prior to attending Ashton College; or
  • 1.3. Complete four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than
    Canada appearing on the list in paragraph 3. These four years may be immediately prior to attending
    Ashton College; or
  • 1.4. Graduate from a recognized degree program at an accredited university in a country appearing on the
    list in paragraph 3.
  • 1.5. Achieve the competency standard indicated by one of the Tests of English Language Proficiency
    mentioned in paragraph 2.

2. Tests of English Language Proficiency

  • 2.1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Academic Level with a minimum score of 79- 80
    (Internet-based), 213 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based);
  • 2.2. The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test (CAEL) with a minimum score of
    60;
  • 2.3. International English Language Testing (IELTS) Academic Level with a minimum overall score of
    6.0;
  • 2.4. Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MELAB) with a minimum score of 76;
  • 2.5. iTEP Academic Level 3;
  • 2.6. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) with a minimum CELPIP Academic
    4L level and a minimum CELPIP-General level 7;
  • 2.7. Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) with a minimum score 58 or C.
  • 2.8. Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) with a minimum score 7.
  • 2.9. Duolingo Test results with a minimum proficiency score of 46%

Please note that scores for the standardized English language tests are only valid for a 24-month period
from the date of testing.

3. Accepted Countries

Antigua and Barbuda Guam Sierra Leone
Australia Guyana Singapore
Bahamas Ireland South Africa
Barbados Jamaica Tanzania
Belize Kenya Trinidad and Tobago
Bermuda Lesotho Turks and Caicos Islands
Botswana Liberia Uganda
British Virgin Islands Malta United Kingdom
Canada Mauritius United States of America
Cayman islands Monserrat Zambia
Dominica New Zealand Zimbabwe
Falkland Islands Nigeria
Figi Seychelles
Gambia St. Kitts and Nevis
Ghana St. Lucia
Grenada St. Vincent and The Grenadines