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 post-secondary – 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
Anguilla
Antiqua & Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Botswana
Cayman Island
Dominica
Eritrea
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Gambia
Ghana
Gibraltar
Grenada
Guam
Guyana
Hong Kong
Ireland
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Liberia
Malawi
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Micronesia
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Puerto Rico
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Martin
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
The Philippines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
Uganda
United Kingdom
USA
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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

All Programs Except PSW and MT

IELTS
5.5 with no score below 5.0
CAEL
40
TOEFL iBT
46–59
CLB
6

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.

IELTS
6.0 with no score below 5.5
CAEL
60
TOEFL iBT
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.

Writing

IELTS (GT or AC)
6.0
TOEFL (iBT)
20
Can Test
3.5
Mela Test
7.0

Speaking

IELTS (GT or AC)
6.5
TOEFL (iBT)
20
Can Test
4.5
Mela Test
8.0

Listening

IELTS (GT or AC)
7.5
TOEFL (iBT)
24
Can Test
4.0
Mela Test
8.0

Reading

IELTS (GT or AC)
6.5
TOEFL (iBT)
19
Can Test
4.0
Mela Test
8.0

What Our Graduates Are Saying

Willis College is so flexible for students! My program allowed me to complete all my courses online. I got to choose when I wanted to attend my live lectures which was incredibly helpful around my daily life. This program made it possible for me to pursue a career as a single mom!
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