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Section 7: Language Fluency

It is a requirement for registration that applicants must be able to communicate with reasonable fluency in English or French. There are three ways you can do this:

  • Graduation from a diploma or degree program, offered by a post-secondary institution, where the language of instruction for the program was either English or French.
  • Possession of a Letter of Equivalency from the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) or Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (Aféseo) in certain circumstances as specified in the College’s Policy regarding Language Fluency.
  • Achievement of the scores required by the College on an English or French language test that has been approved by the College.

In order to assess whether you meet this requirement, the College requires certain information and supporting documentation.

  • In Section 8 of the Application Form for the Individual Assessment of Educational Qualifications, you must indicate whether the language of instruction for your diploma or degree program was in English, French, or another language. Check the box that applies to your circumstances.
  • You must also make arrangements to have supporting documentation submitted to the College. Click on a field below for information about the supporting documents you need to submit for your circumstances.

Language of instruction was in English or French

In order to meet the language fluency requirement through these circumstances, you must have completed a diploma or degree program
entirely in English or French.

  • If supporting documents indicate that you completed your diploma or degree in English or French and another language, you will be required to demonstrate language fluency through a language test.

What supporting documents must be submitted for these options?

  • The College will use the information and supporting documents you submit for the education requirement under Section 7 of the Application Form for the Individual Assessment of Educational Qualifications.
    • If you completed a diploma or degree program from a post-secondary institution in Canada, the College will review the official transcript.
    • If you completed a diploma or degree program from a post-secondary institution in another country, the College will review the International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) document-by-document or course-by-course report from World Education Services (WES). The report must indicate that your program was completed entirely in English or French.

See Section 7: Educational Requirement of this guide for instructions and requirements about su pporting documentation

Language of instruction was in a language other than English or French

In order to meet the language fluency requirement through these circumstances, you must achieve the scores required by the College on an English or French language test that has been approved by the College. Currently, these are the:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic
    • Minimum score of 6.5 in each category (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (IBT TOEFL)
    • Overall score of 88 and a minimum score of 20 in each category (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).
  • Canadian Test of English Scholars and Trainees (CanTest)
    • Minimum score of 4.0 in each of speaking, listening, reading and writing. For information on how to register for the test and test centre locations, please visit https://cantest.uottawa.ca/. *As of August 15, 2022, the College no longer accepts CanTest.
  • Test pour étudiants et stagiaires au Canada (TestCan)
    • Minimum score of 4.0 in each of speaking, listening, reading and writing. For information on how to register for the test and test centre locations, please visit http://testcan.uottawa.ca./*As of August 15, 2022, the College no longer accepts CanTest.
  • TEF: Test d’Évaluation de Français
    • Minimum scores of 181/300 in Reading, 271/450 in Writing, 216/360 in Listening, 271/450 in Speaking
  • DELF / DALF: Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française / Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française
    • Minimum score of overall (DELF : B1 / DALF : C1)

In Section 8 of the Application Form for the Individual Assessment of Educational Qualifications, check the box to indicate the language test results that will be submitted to the College as part of your application.

What supporting documents must be submitted for this option?
  • The College requires official test results from the testing centre at which you took the language test. The language test results must:
    • Show that you achieved the minimum scores in a single sitting of the test.
    • Be no more than two years old. Results that are more than two years old are not accepted.
  • The official test results must be sent by the testing centre directly to the College.
    • You are responsible for making these arrangements with the testing centre.
    • The College does not accept test results that are sent by applicants or any other persons or organizations.
Where can I get more information about the tests (e.g., information about registration and booking appointments, fees, resources, etc.)?
  • Visit the website for the language test for the most up-to-date information.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic – www.ielts.org
    • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (IBT TOEFL) – www.ets.org
    • Canadian Test of English Scholars and Trainees (CanTest) – cantest.uottawa.ca
    • Test pour étudiants et stagiaires au Canada (TestCan) – testcan.uottawa.ca
  • You are responsible for contacting a test centre to register, book appointments, and pay any fees for taking the test.