The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

English Language Benchmarks

English Language Proficiency Requirement   

Proof of English language proficiency equivalent to a CLB Level 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks for all skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) is required for OACETT certification. 

A.  Internationally-Educated Applicants
 
Internationally-educated applicants may meet the English language proficiency requirement in one of two ways.
 
1. Official results on a recognized standardized English language proficiency test accepted at a Canadian public community college or institute, as outlined below.  As proof of your English language proficiency you must submit an official or notarized copy of your test results with your application, or as soon as possible thereafter. Your test results can be no more than two years old.
 
Scores on any of the following recognized standardized English language proficiency tests will be accepted:
  • IELTS Academic:  6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 on each band (listening, reading, speaking, writing). Only the academic exam is acceptable, scores from the general exam will not be accepted 
  • TOEFL iBT:  80 overall, with no less than 20 on each of the skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing) 
  • CAEL:  60 overall, with no less than 50 on each band (listening, reading, speaking, writing)  
  • PTE:  58 overall  
Scores on the following standardized English language proficiency tests will NOT be accepted:  IELTS General, paper-based TOEFL, computer-based TOEFL, CELPIP, CLBA, CLBPT, MELAB, CPE, CAE, FCE and TOEIC.
 
2. Graduation from a program equivalent to a 2-year or 3-year Ontario post-secondary engineering technology or applied science program, administered and instructed in English, in one of the following countries:
 
Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Australia Bahamas
Barbados Belize Bermuda Botswana
British Virgin Islands Cameroon Cayman Islands Dominica
Falkland Islands Fiji Gambia Ghana
Gibraltar Grenada Guyana Ireland
Jamaica Kenya Kiribati Lesotho
Liberia Malawi Malta Marshall Islands
Mauritius Micronesia Monserrat Namibia
Nauru Netherlands New Zealand Nigeria
Papua New Guinea Philippines Saint Kitts-Nevis Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent &
The Grenadines
Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore
Solomon Islands South Africa Swaziland Tanzania
Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Turks and Caicos Uganda
United Kingdom United States of America US Virgin Islands Zambia
Zimbabwe      


B.  Canadian-Educated Applicants

Canadian-educated applicants may meet the English language proficiency requirement in one of two ways.

1.  Graduation from a Canadian 2-year or 3-year post-secondary engineering technology or applied science program.

2.  Applying with a minimum of 60 academic points (Associate level) plus successful completion of the OACETT certification requirements.  

Resources

The IELTS is an English language proficiency exam for non-native speakers who want to work or study in an English-speaking country. Get tips and resources to help you study, and learn how you can enroll in a free IELTS masterclass.

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