English proficiency requirements

English is the primary language of instruction at Brock University. If your first language is not English, you must prove proficiency with one of the following:

Undergraduate studies

IELTS overall 6.5, no band below 6.0*
TOEFLoverall 88, no band below 21*
Duolingominimum score of 110*
CAELoverall 70, no band below 60
PTE58
IELP Level 5 Successful completion of Level 5 of the Brock Intensive English Language program
CAE (A1 Advanced)176 minimum score*
CPE (C2 Proficiency)176 minimum score*
IBCompletion of the International Baccalaureate diploma with English A
English Language InstructionA minimum of three previous years of full-time study (non-ESL) where the primary language of instruction and evaluation was English, with strong grades in English and other humanities/social science secondary school courses.

*See exceptions below

Undergraduate studies – Co-op Accounting (BAcc)

IELTSoverall 7.0 with no band below 6.5
TOEFLoverall 100, minimum 27 on writing, 27 on speaking
Duolingominimum score of 120
CAE (A1 Advanced)185 minimum score
CPE (C2 Proficiency)185 minimum score

CTESL Certificate

IELTSoverall 7.0, no band below 7.0
TOEFLoverall 100, minimum 27 on writing, 27 on speaking
CAE (A1 Advanced)185 minimum score
CPE (C2 Proficiency)185 minimum score

Submitting test results

  • If English is not your first language, your application to Brock will prompt you to provide proof of English language proficiency through of the English proficiency tests (EPT) listed above. You can upload your EPT results to your my.brocku.ca portal. In many cases, we can verify your results online. If your results cannot be verified online, we will contact you.
  • When registering for your English proficiency test (EPT), please ensure that you select Brock University as a “Destination” or “Receiving Institution” of your score results so we can review and verify them online when we receive them. This option is available for most tests including IELTS, TOEFL, and Duolingo.
  • You may email your unofficial EPT results (a copy or scan) to admissions@brocku.ca. Please include “EPT RESULTS” in the Subject Line and include your 7-digit Student Number or your Campus ID in the email so we know who the results belong to.
  • If you prefer, you can ask that the EPT test provider send a hard copy of your test results to:

Brock University
Undergraduate Admissions
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON
Canada L2S 3A1

Brock University reserves the right to ask for further evidence of English proficiency regardless whether you have met published requirements.

Requests for exemptions will be considered for entry to undergraduate studies using the following guidelines:

  1. At the time of application, you must have completed a minimum three years of full-time study (non-ESL) where the primary language of instruction and evaluation was English with strong grades in English and a good selection of humanities/social science secondary school courses.
  2. Complete and submit the ELP Exemption Form by uploading it to your portal in the EPT document section.
  3. The ELP Committee will review your exemption request and provide a final decision.

Intensive English Language Program (IELP) to Undergraduate studies

If you meet all of Brock’s undergraduate admission requirements except the English language score, we’ll automatically extend an offer to our IELP. Upon completion of this specialized program, you will automatically enter into our undergraduate degree program. For details see IELP/Undergraduate Conditional Program.