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English Language Proficiency Policy

Since all activities (lectures, seminars, laboratories, etc.) at Humber are conducted in English, it is essential that all students possess strong English writing, comprehension and speaking skills. Having students demonstrate their English language proficiency ensures they are prepared for the rigors of the academic curriculum and able to successfully complete any workplace components of the program (such as co-op placements).

If English is not a student’s first language, or if their previous education was in another language, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by completing and submitting the results of ONE of the following evaluation methods at the level relative to their applied program(s): 

  1. For any program level, a minimum of three years of full-time study at the secondary school level in an English language school system in a country where English is considered the primary language, or the primary language of instruction and evaluation is English, with acceptable grades in all English courses. 
  2. For any program level, a minimum of two full years of successful study in an accredited university degree program or two full years of successful study in an accredited college diploma program in a country OR in a postsecondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
  3. International English Language Testing (IELTS) Academic Level with scores at or above the following levels:
Program Level Minimum IELTS Scores
Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma Overall 6.0 AND
No band below 5.5
Degrees Overall 6.5 AND
No band below 6.0
Bachelor of Nursing Overall 7.0 AND
No band below 6.5 
Postgraduate Certificate Overall 6.5 AND
No band below 6.0 

NEW! Please submit IELTS test scores online directly to Humber College of Technology and Advanced Learning at the time of application. Online submission of IELTS scores will vastly increase the efficiency of an applicant’s admission process. IELTS scores will not be reviewed unless an applicant is successful in their testing. Therefore, inadequate score submissions will not have a negative effect on applicants’ future attempts at admission to Humber College. Humber College is an Official IELTS Test Centre.

  4. Completion of the Humber English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program:

Program Level Minimum EAP Score
Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma Successful completion of all EAP courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 60% in Level 8
Degrees Successful completion of all EAP courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 75% in Level 8
Bachelor of Nursing N/A
Postgraduate Certificate Successful completion of all EAP courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 80% in Level 8

5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Academic Level with scores at or above the following levels:

Program Level Minimum TOEFL Scores
Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma 550 for paper-based test OR
80 (20L, 20W, 20S, 20R) for internet-based test
Degrees 560 for paper-based test OR
84 (21L, 21W, 21S, 21R) for internet-based test
Bachelor of Nursing 600 for paper-based test OR
100 (Minimum band scores, 21L, 21W, 21S, 21R) for internet-based test
Postgraduate Certificate 580 for paper-based test OR
88 (22L, 22W, 22S, 22R) for internet-based test

6. Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MELAB) with scores at or above:Please submit IELTS test scores directly to Humber College of Technology and Advanced Learning at the time of application.

Program Level Minimum MELAB Score
Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma 76
Degrees 78
Bachelor of Nursing 78
Postgraduate Certificate 82

7. Pearson Language Test Evaluation (PTE):

Program Level Minimum PTE Score
Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma 53 - 57
Degrees 58 - 60
Bachelor of Nursing N/A
Postgraduate Certificate 61 - 64

Please note that scores for the standardized English language tests may vary by program and are only valid for a 24-month period from the date of testing to the start date of the program.

Humber reserves the right to require a successfully completed language proficiency test based on the requirements of the specific program.

For admission purposes, some programs require a higher score than the minimum scores stated above.

Applicants with French as their first language must present transcripts to indicate they have taken three years of English in a Canadian secondary school or equivalent to waive standardized testing requirements.

If English is a student’s first language but their writing skills are not at the required level for college academic English, students are encouraged to pursue Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who have attended institutions outside of Canada are required to have credentials assessed prior to admissions evaluation. Humber recommends ICAS Canada for programs that require course-by-course assessments, and ICAS Canada or World Education Services (WES) for programs that require credential level evaluation only. Credential evaluation fees will apply.

Please note that applicants to UNB Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing Second Entry programs are required to provide a course-by-course evaluation from WES.

Which Type of Credential Assessment Service Should I Choose?

Certain programs will require course-by-course or comprehensive assessments in order to rank order of applicants based on grades, and to demonstrate that specific course requirements have been met. General Assessments will not provide this level of detail.

Any applicant that applies for Transfer Credits or Advanced Standing will be required to supply credential evaluations. As General Assessments will not provide this level of detail, course-by-course assessments are normally required.

When Can I Use a General Assessment?

For students applying to a program that only requires proof of completion of a particular credential, or proof of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, plus minimal courses (English or math), a General Assessment may be acceptable. Students may be required to complete additional testing in such cases, resulting in additional testing fees.

For more information about which assessment to choose, students should speak with the Admissions Officer responsible for their program.