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 (Effective January 2024, no individual skill less than 20.)

Degree**

6.5 IELTS Academic (with no band less than 6.0)
88 TOEFL (Effective January 2024, no individual skill less than 22.)

Graduate certificate

(Some IT/engineering program required test scores may vary)
6.5 IELTS Academic (with no band less than 6.0)
88 TOEFL (Effective January 2024, no individual skill less than 22.)

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

**including: Advertising and Marketing Communications, Business - Insurance, Food Processing Technician, Journalism, Hearing Instrument Specialist, Massage Therapy, Practical Nursing, and Public Relations 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

Please 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 Band
TOEFL 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
61-7946-52
Direct entry to most diploma & certificate programs*
6.0
No band less than 5.5
80
(Effective January 2024, no individual skill less than 20.)
53-57
Direct entry to graduate certificate and degree programs**
6.5
No band less than 6
88
(Effective January 2024, no individual skill less than 22.)
58-60
Please 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.