English Language Proficiency Requirement

The information below is for domestic students only.

International student information can be found on the English Language Proficiency and ELT Partners webpage.

Applicants who have completed one of the following will not be required to submit additional documentation:

  • Grade 12 English credit at the C or U level
  • Post-secondary domestic English credit
  • GED
  • CAED (Canadian Adult Education Credential)
  • Successful test result from the Duolingo English Test


  • IELTS (Academic) / IELTS (Academic) One Skill Retake:
    • 6.0, no band score less than 5.5 for certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas
    • 6.5, no band score less than 6.0 for degrees and graduate certificates
  • or
  • IBT TOEFL: 88, with minimum section scores of 22
  • Pearson PTE: 58-64
  • CAEL: Overall score of 70, no section below 70
  • Duolingo English Test
    • 110 and higher for certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas
    • 120 and higher for degrees and graduate certificates


Durham College   will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for open programs only. The DET does not require applicants to visit a test centre and is completed entirely online. Please visit englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants for information about this test.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to request that test scores are sent to Durham College Admissions(admissions@durhamcollege.ca). Certified test results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

If you have questions about the Duolingo English Test please visit the FAQ page for answers. Alternatively, please contact Duolingo (englishtest-support@duolingo.com) directly for support.