English Proficiency Requirements

Except those from exempted countries, International students whose primary language is not English will be required to submit evidence acceptable to the University or faculty in English. The Admissions Office will not accept English proficiency results more than two-years old.

If you are in a region impacted by IELTS or TOEFL test centre closures due to COVID-19, Brandon University will temporarily accept the Duolingo English Test as one of the ways to meet our English Language Proficiency requirements.  The minimum score required by Brandon University is 115.  The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with Brandon University when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

The following are accepted:

Test Undergraduate Graduate
C1 Advanced
The Cambridge English Advanced exam
176 Not Applicable
C2 Proficiency
The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
176 176
CAEL
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment
60 60
CAEL CE
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment
60 60
CanTEST
Canadian Test for English for Scholars and Trainees
  • 4.5 (reading and listening)
  • 4.0 (speaking and writing)
  • 4.5 (reading and listening)
  • 4.0 (speaking and writing)
EAP
English for Academic Purposes
  • Successful completion of Tier 4 for undergraduate students
  • Successful completion of Tier 4 with 75% in each course plus CanTEST minimum scores as described above for Graduate students
IELTS
International English Language Testing System (Academic)
6.5 overall 6.5 overall
MELAB
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
80 80
PTEA
Pearson Test of English Academic
58 60
TOEFL
Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • 550 (paper-based test) with a minimum score of 50 in each testing section.
  • 80 (Internet-based test) with a minimum score of 20 in each testing section.
  • 567 (paper-based)
  • 86 (Internet-based)

All documents submitted must be official. Brandon University will accept documents that have been sent from the granting institution only.  The only exception is TOEFL which may be sent electronically directly through TOEFL (ETS). We will not accept e-mailed, photocopied, notarized or attested documents.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program

EAP is primarily for students who are preparing to enter English-speaking post-secondary educational institutions and need to improve their English skills to university-level fluency.

EAP is also designed for those people who want to improve their use of English as a second language for professional or personal purposes.

Some knowledge of the English language is required before students are accepted into the EAP program. Generally, high school English is required.

For more information please visit the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program website.