English Proficiency Requirements

Except those from exempted countries, International students whose mother tongue 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.

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. 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.

English Language Waiver

In lieu of providing proof of English proficiency, students may obtain an English Language Waiver by meeting one of the following conditions:

  1. Successful completion of a three-year secondary school program in Canada or the United States, or successful completion of an accredited three-year post-secondary program in Canada or the United States, or any combination of three successful years of secondary and post-secondary education in Canada or the United States. Overall post-secondary cumulative GPA must be a minimum of 2.0.
  2. Graduation from a Manitoba high school with at least one Grade 12 40S English credit with a minimum grade of 70% or better.
  3. Graduation from a Canadian high school (outside Manitoba) with at least one Grade 12 English credit equivalent to Manitoba 40S with a minimum grade of 70%.
  4. Completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) English course with a score of four or greater.
  5. Completion of Advanced Placement (AP) English, Literature and Composition or Language and Composition with a score of four or greater.
  6. Completion of an accredited first undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution.
  7. Residence in Canada for a minimum of 10 consecutive years. The period of residency will be the time between the “Landed On” date on the Record of Landing Document and the first day of classes in the term the applicant intends to register. The Record of Landing Document must be presented to the Admissions Office.

Note: Where high school English courses are referenced in the foregoing, courses with an “E” designation or any equivalent designation are not acceptable. Canadian high school graduates who have completed English courses with an ‘E’ designation or equivalent will be required to submit proof of English proficiency or 70% in English 40S equivalent. Also, any “EAP” “EAL”, “ESL”, or equivalent courses or programs completed at another post-secondary institution are not acceptable for the purpose of being granted a waiver of the English Language Proficiency Requirement.