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ENGLISH 11 with minimum 60% 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 11 60%
Composition 11 60%
Creative Writing 11 60%
Literary Studies 11 60%
New Media 11 60%
Spoken Language 11 60%
English Literature 11 60%
English 11 First Peoples 60%
EFP Literary Studies 60%
EFP Literary Studies and New Media 11 60%
EFP Literary Studies and Spoken Language 11 60%
Advanced Level Adult Basic Education English course equivalent 60%

Secondary School Level Courses Canada and Other Minimum:
Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut: English Language Arts 20-1 or English 20 60%
Saskatchewan: English 20 60%
Manitoba: Please inquire 60%
Ontario: ENG3U  60%
Quebec: 1 English Literature courses in 500 series 60%
New Brunswick: English 112 60%
Prince Edward Island: English 521A 60%
Nova Scotia: Please inquire  60%
Newfoundland & Labrador: Please inquire 60%
International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher-level or standard-level) 3
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.

These alternatives do not apply to the Health Care Assistant Certificate; please see the program page for the English requirements.

Okanagan College Courses and Tests Minimum:
Okanagan College Adult Basic Education ENGL 011 or ENGL 080 or both ENGL 081 and 082 60%
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:
Prior to September 2021: EAPD 040 (Academic Discussion Skills 4) and EAPW 040 (Academic Writing Skills 4) and EAPR 040 (Academic Reading Skills 4).
As of September 2021: All three of EAPD 030 (Academic Discussion Skills 3), EAPR 030 (Academic Reading Skills 3), and EAPW 030 (Academic Writing Skills 3) or both EAPS 030 (English for Academic Purposes Scholarship 3) and EAPD 030 (Academic Discussion Skills 3)
60% in each
Language Tests Minimum:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS - academic version) Overall band score of 6.0
(with no band less than 6.0)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)1
79 (Internet-based), or 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based)
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL online or CAEL CE)  Overall score 50
Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT)

Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6, and Writing 6
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) Overall score 58
No Communicative Skills score lower than 55
Duolingo English Test
For the Winter, Summer and Fall 2022 terms, and Winter and Summer 2023 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.

University Level Courses & Credentials Minimum:
English literature or composition course at an accredited university or college in Canada 50%
Three 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 country2 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.

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

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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