English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English need to submit an English Language proficiency assessment.  The College of New Caledonia commonly accepts IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL (iBT) assessments, but will accept equivalent assessments such as PTE, CAEL, and CELPIP along with others. 

Contact intladmit@cnc.bc.ca for equivalency requirements specific to alternate assessments. 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic score of at least 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5, within the previous 2 years.  To qualify under the Student Direct Stream, the student must submit a valid IELTS result of 6.0 overall with no individual band lower than 6.0 as proof of English language abilities.  Students submitting an IELTS of 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5 can still apply for a study permit, however, the application will be processed in a longer timeline than what is set for SDS applicants.

TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 80 with no section below 17, within the previous 2 years.

Some programs have program specific requirements for English Language proficiency, such as the health professional programs and the Civil Engineering Technologist program.  Please refer to the webpage of the specific program you are interested in to learn more about the entry requirements for that program. 

Be aware that if you enter with the minimum requirements, you will need to improve your English language skills to succeed.

Exempt Countries

The countries in this document are exempt from the English Language Requirements.

Countries Exempt from English Language Requirements 


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Duolingo Language Test

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting temporary closure of many IELTS/TOEFL testing centres around the world, the College of New Caledonia is making an addition to the English language requirement options for admission to post-secondary programs.

Effective immediately for the Fall 2020 (for ENLA admission only) and Winter 2021 intakes , the College of New Caledonia will accept the Duolingo Language Test with scores at or above the following levels:

CNC Language Requirements TOEFL iBT IELTS Duolingo Score
Direct entry to academic programs 80+/td> 6.0+ with no band below 5.5 105+ for entry/ENGL 113; 115+ for ENGL 103
Direct entry into Post Diplomas 80+ 6.0+ with no band below 5.5 105+ for entry


For new students interested in enrolling in ENLA classes:

ENLA Level Duolingo Score
ENLA Level 4: EAP 3 90 - 104
ENLA Level 3: EAP 2 75 - 89
ENLA Level 2: EAP 1 55 - 74
ENLA Level 1: EAP Prep 54 or lower


You can take the test here: englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants

Please note, all incoming English Language students with a DuoLingo score will need to complete an interview (via Skype, BlueJeans etc) with an English Language faculty member prior to the start of classes.  ENLA reserves the option to move students to a different level of ENLA based on this interview regardless of the DuoLingo results.

*Duolingo Language Testing is a temporary language testing option. Some exceptions may apply.