Admission Requirements

In order to be accepted to a Conestoga College program, you must:

  1. Meet the program admission requirements
  2. Provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE*

6.0 IELTS Academic (with no band less than 5.5)
80 TOEFL

DEGREE**

6.5 IELTS Academic (with no band less than 6.0)
88 TOEFL

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

(Some IT/engineering program required test scores may vary)
6.5 IELTS Academic (with no band less than 6.0)
88 TOEFL

*excluding: Advertising and Marketing Communications, Business - Insurance, Food Processing Technician, Journalism, Practical Nursing, Public Relations, and Respiratory Therapy diploma programs

**including: Advertising and Marketing Communications, Food Processing Technician, Journalism, Practical Nursing, Public Relations, and Respiratory Therapy diploma programs

If you do not have the English language skills for direct entry into full-time post-secondary programs, you may choose to enter Conestoga's English for Academic Studies (EAS) program.

EAS Equivalency Chart

Note: Conestoga College is temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency. To take the test, go to englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants. For score details, see Admission information - Language.

Conestoga English LevelIELTS Academic Overall BandTOEFL iBTPearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
Level 10-2.50-29 
Level 2
3.0-4.0
No band less than 2
30-45
Level 3
4.5-5.0
No band less than 4.5
46-6036-45
Level 4
5.0-6.0
No band less than 5
61-7946-62
Direct entry to most diploma & certificate programs*
6.0
No band less than 5.5
8053-57
Direct entry to graduate certificate and degree programs**
6.5
No band less than 6
8858-60
Note: The above level equivalencies are subject to change. Each level is based on the 4-month English program. The length of time to complete the program varies by student, depending on effort and aptitude for learning the language.