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English Proficiency Requirement

Sheridan is home to students from over 120 countries and welcomes learners from many language backgrounds.

In our classrooms, Sheridan’s common, shared language of instruction is English. Students need to be able to speak and write clearly in English and have strong listening and reading skills. These language skills support student success in all of our programs.

Admission to Sheridan’s programs is based on both academic requirements and language proficiency for all students whose first language is not English.

You can demonstrate your knowledge and skills in English in three ways: successful completion of Sheridan’s ESL program; previous secondary or postsecondary experience in English; or, achieving the minimum requirements of an English-language proficiency test.

Click on the headings below to reveal more information about each of the three ways of demonstrating your proficiency in English at Sheridan.

  • Sheridan’s English Language Studies (ESL) program is a dynamic, language-learning experience. Our program provides a balanced approach to language learning that encourages students to develop their skills both within and outside our classrooms.

  • You can demonstrate your English-language proficiency with successful completion of one of the following:

    • at least three full-time years* of study in English at an accredited secondary school/examination board recognized by Sheridan
    • at least two full-time years* of study in English at an accredited college recognized by Sheridan
    • at least one full-time year* of study in English at an accredited university recognized by Sheridan
    • at least one full-time year* of study in English for a post-graduate certificate at an accredited college recognized by Sheridan
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program where English is the language of instruction, with High Level or Standard Level “English A: Literature”, “English A: Language and literature” or “Literature and performance”
    • Full GCSE, IGCSE or GCE (O Levels, AS Levels, or A Levels) programs with “English” or “English First Language” courses

    * ESL courses do not count towards your years of English study.

    Not all career colleges and private (post) secondary institutions are recognized as accredited institutions by Sheridan. These unrecognized institutions do not count towards your years of English study or for admissions requirements.

    Recognized accredited institutions

    Sheridan recognizes the following types of academic institutions for the English language proficiency requirement:

    1. Canadian (other than Quebec) public or private secondary school accredited by the province.
    2. Canadian (other than Quebec) public postsecondary school. Canadian degree granting institutions that are primarily faith based and approved as a private postsecondary institution in Canada.
    3. Quebec public or independent school accredited by the Quebec Ministry of Education and must follow the Québec Education Program. Including completion of any of the following: Secondary V certificate including English Language Arts Secondary 5; CEGEP with academic pre-university courses including a minimum two courses in English (603); Or a recognized Quebec University where the primary language of instruction is English.
    4. Accredited secondary school/college/university/examination board
      • in one of the countries listed below.
      • in a country not listed below but is government-authorized and accredited by one of the countries listed below and is approved to follow and award that country’s academic curriculum.
        A Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia
        B Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands
        C Cameroon (with GCE O and A level English courses), Canada (see requirements in the bullet points above), Cayman Islands
        D Dominica
        G Ghana, Grenada, Guyana
        I Ireland (English curriculum)
        J Jamaica
        K Kenya
        M Mauritius (with GCE O and A level English courses)
        N New Zealand, Nigeria
        S Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa (English curriculum)
        T Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos
        U United Kingdom, United States of America

    NOTE:

    The level of English-language instruction varies greatly across individual schools, school systems, regions and countries.

    Sheridan reserves the right to require proof of proficiency in English from any applicant (regardless of citizenship, country of origin, education or first language). This may require any applicant to complete English language testing to demonstrate proficiency.  Sheridan reserves the right to refuse exemption requests.

  • Sheridan recognizes the following tests and considers their minimum scores for admission decisions. (Only one official result is required.)

    Tests must have been completed within the past two years.

    For certificate or diploma programs

    Test 

    Required Minimum Scores

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT

    overall score 80 with no individual section below 20

    TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition2

    overall score 80 with no individual section below 20

    iTEP Academic2

    overall score 3.7

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module

    overall score 6 with no individual band below 5.5

    PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic)

    overall score 58 with no individual section below 49

    Cambridge English Exams (B2 First/C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency)

    overall Cambridge English Scale score 169 with no individual score below 162

    Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

    70%

    Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment)

    Listening Band – 4.0
    Reading Combined Band – 4.0
    Writing – CLB 7

    CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)

    overall score 60 with no individual section below 50

    For degree programs

    Test 

    Required Minimum Scores

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT

    overall score 88 with no individual section below 21

    TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition2

    overall score 88 with no individual section below 21

    iTEP Academic2

    overall score 3.9

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module

    overall score 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0

    PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic)

    overall score 60 with no individual section below 57

    Cambridge English Exams (B2 First/C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency)

    overall Cambridge English Scale score 176 with no individual score below 169

    Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

    75%

    Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment)

    Listening Band – 4.5
    Reading Combined Band – 4.5
    Writing – CLB 8

    CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)

    overall score 70 with no individual section below 60

    For graduate certificate programs

    Test 

    Required Minimum Scores

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT

    overall score 88 with no individual section below 21

    TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition2

    overall score 88 with no individual section below 21

    iTEP Academic2

    overall score 3.9

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module

    overall score 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0

    PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic)

    overall score 60 with no individual section below 57

    Cambridge English Exams (B2 First/C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency)

    overall Cambridge English Scale score 176 with no individual score below 169

    Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

    75%

    Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment)

    Listening Band – 4.5
    Reading Combined Band – 4.5
    Writing – CLB 8

    CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)

    overall score 70 with no individual section below 60

    NOTE:

    1. English proficiency requirements for the Pharmacy Technician program (PPHTO) are as follows: TOEFL iBT overall score 91 (21L, 25W, 23S, 22R); IELTS Academic Module overall score 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0. No other tests can be accepted.
    2. TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and iTEP Academic:
      • Accepted for the Spring/Summer, Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 semesters only, until further notice.
      • Sheridan does not guarantee acceptance of TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and iTEP Academic for any third-party regulatory body.
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