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ENGLISH 12 with minimum 50% and alternatives

How to meet the English requirements

At Okanagan College admission requirements are program specific. Be sure to check your program admissions requirements for the level of English required.
Secondary School Level Courses British Columbia, Yukon Minimum:
English 121 50%
English Studies 12 50%
English Literature 12 50%
Literary Studies 12 50%
English 12 First Peoples1 50%
Provincial Level Adult Basic Education English course equivalent 50%

Note: Communications 12 is not accepted except for the Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship program for the 2020-21 academic year.

Secondary School Level Courses Canada and Other Minimum:
Alberta, NWT, Nunavut: English Language Arts 30-1 or English 30 50%
Saskatchewan: English 621A + Writing 521A or English Language Arts A30 + B30 or English A30 + B30 (averaged) 50%
Manitoba: ENG 42A1 or ENG 42A2 or ENG 42A IB or ENG 42S IB or any compulsory 40S English course or E40S CMP FOC 50%
Ontario: English 12 (ENG4U or ENG4M) 50%
Quebec: 2 English Literature courses in 601 series 50%
New Brunswick: English 121 or English 122 or Anglais 126B 50%
Prince Edward Island: English 611 or English 621 50%
Nova Scotia: English 441 or English 442 or English 541 or English 12 50%
Newfoundland & Labrador: English 3201 50%
International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher-level or standard-level) 4
Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition 3
O-level, AS-Level, A-Level, GCSE, IGCSE English Language or Literature course C

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not meet the English admission requirements via one of the means listed in the following sections:

  • Secondary School Level Courses British Columbia, Yukon
  • Secondary School Level Courses Canada and Other
  • University Level Courses and Credentials

should refer to the College's admission requirements for Applicants Whose First Language is not English.

Okanagan College Courses and Tests Minimum:
Okanagan College Adult Basic Education ENGL 012 60%
Okanagan College 100-level ENGL course 50%
OCELA (Okanagan College English Language Assessment)
This test is only administered by the ESL department and is for students entering the ESL program at the Kelowna campus.
75 in each: Writing, Reading & Discussion
Okanagan College English for Academic Purposes: EAPD 040 (Academic Discussion Skills 4) and EAPW 040 (Academic Writing Skills 4) and EAPR 040 (Academic Reading Skills 4) 60% in each
Trades ABLE reading comprehension
Note: The ABLE test can only be used to satisfy the English admission requirement for Trades programs.
Language Tests Minimum:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS - academic version)
    Note: The Animation Diploma requires an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0

Overall band score 6.0
(with no band less than 6.0)
*Language Proficiency Index (LPI) – Essay Score 24/40 - Level 4

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)2
    Note: The Animation Diploma requires the following TOEFL scores: 83 (Internet-based),
    or 220 (computer-based), or 560 (paper-based)

79 (Internet-based), or 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based)

Only accepted for the Animation Diploma:
English Language Assessment Test (ELA)
Contact: Vancouver Community College http://assessments.vcc.ca/

Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL online or CAEL CE)  Overall score 50
Pearson Test English (Academic) Overall score 56
No Communicative Skills score lower than 55
Duolingo English Test
For the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms, the Duolingo English Test results can be used to satisfy the English language proficiency entrance requirements and for preliminary English Language placement.
Not accepted as a means to meet the English admissions requirement for some of the Health programs. Please check with the College for details.
Overall score 105

Note: We will accept test results taken no more than two years before you apply to Okanagan College with the exception of the LPI which does not have a time limit.

*The LPI Test is no longer being offered after July 31, 2020. Okanagan College will continue to accept LPI Test results for two years from the date an applicant tested. Approved alternatives are available. Please consult academic entrance requirements.

University Level Courses & Credentials Minimum:
English literature or composition course at an accredited university or college in Canada 50%
Six credits (or the equivalent) of post-secondary first-year English studies at an accredited university in an English-speaking country 50%

Recognized Bachelor degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country3 where English is the principal language.

Applicants who have successfully completed a degree from an accredited institution at which English is the language of instruction in a country where English is not the principal language may submit their academic transcript for review by Okanagan College. Subject to verification, this degree may be used to meet the English requirement for admission to Okanagan College.


Other courses, tests and means to satisfy requirements may be considered on an individual basis. For inquiries, please contact Okanagan College Admissions admissions@okanagan.bc.ca or (250) 762-5445.

1 Provincial Examinations: The blended grade (school mark and provincial exam result combined) will be used in determining if the admission requirement has been satisfied.

2 Okanagan College’s institution code for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 9536.

3 Countries where English is the Principal Language (note that there may be additional countries): Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Kenya, Jamaica, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, Nigeria, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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