Language Requirements

English Proficiency


All Programs

Except Personal Support Worker (PSW) and Massage Therapy (MT)

English is the language of instruction and examination at Willis College. You must demonstrate that you are sufficiently proficient in the language to follow a postsecondary academic program. We reserve the right to request the result of a language test at any time if necessary.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of adequate English for admission consideration, unless you meet one of the following exemptions.

  1. You can provide a certificate of completion from a recognized ESL School which demonstrates an equivalency of required English proficiency. (i.e. ESL school equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or 6)
  2. You have successfully completed a minimum of one year in a program offered in English at a Canadian College.
  3. You have completed a minimum of one year of postsecondary – or two years of secondary full-time academic study in an English language school located in a country where the dominant language is English. These countries include:
American Samoa.  Jamaica Sierra Leone
Anguilla Kenya Singapore
Antiqua & Barbuda Kiribati Solomon Islands
Australia Lesotho South Africa
Bahamas Liberia St. Kitts and Nevis
Barbados Malta St. Martin
Belize Malawi St. Lucia
Bermuda Marshall Islands St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Botswana Mauritius Sudan
Cayman Island Micronesia Swaziland
Dominica New Zealand Tanzania
Eritrea Nigeria Trinidad & Tobago
Falkland Islands Pakistan Turks & Caicos Islands
Fiji Palau Uganda
Gambia Papua New Guinea United Kingdom
Ghana The Philippines USA
Gibraltar Puerto Rico Virgin Islands (British)
Grenada Saint Helena Virgin Islands (US)
Guam Saint Kitts & Nevis Zambia
Guyana Saint Lucia Zimbabwe
Hong Kong Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Ireland Seychelles


If you do not meet any of the exemptions listed above, you must provide evidence of meeting the minimum scores required below:


  IELTS CELPIP CAEL Cambridge TOEFL iBT Duolingo CLB Pearson

PTE Academic

All programs except PSW and MT



with no score below 5.0

6 40 162 46 – 59 95 6 36


Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate

If English is not your first language, you must meet the language proficiency requirements through one of the following tests. Please note the exceptions listed above do not apply to the PSW Certificate.


Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate 6.0 with no score below 5.5


60 80 with minimum score of 20 in each component



Massage Therapy (MT) Diploma

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of adequate English by meeting one of the following:

  1. Completed formal education in an approved English language school which offers an approved program of study of three (3) years full-time study at the secondary or college level in a country where English is an official language or language of common use.
  2. Completed an approved standardized English test and achieved the scores indicated below.


  IELTS (GT or AC) TOEFL (iBT) Can Test Mela Test
Writing 6.0 20 3.5 7.0
Speaking 6.5 20 4.5 8.0
Listening 7.5 24 4.0 8.0
Reading 6.5 19 4.0 8.0



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