English Language Proficiency
English is the primary language of instruction at MITT. In order to be successful in a program, it is important for all students to have a level of English proficiency that will allow them to participate in all aspects of the program. As such, an applicant whose primary language is not English or who is not from an English exempt country, must demonstrate English Language Proficiency.
An application will not be assessed and processed until supporting documentation demonstrating English Language Proficiency has been provided.
Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by one of the following methods:
- Writing an accepted English language proficiency test, or successfully completing an approved English language training program
- Completing the required level of MITT’s English Language Institute’s (ELI) English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program
- Meeting one of the identified English Language Proficiency waiver criteria
- Completing the required level at an English Language training program with one of MITT’s Pathway Partners
Please review the program categories1 to determine the specific English Language Proficiency requirements that must be met for each MITT program. Not all programs accept all proficiency methods, so it is important to refer to the specific program category to determine what methods of English Language proficiency are accepted.
Official test results may need to be forwarded directly from the test centre to Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. MITT can verify IELTS scores online - please upload a scanned copy of your Test Report Form (TRF) Number and an official test result will not be required to be submitted. Tests taken more than 2 years prior to the anticipated start date of the technical program applied to will not be considered.
Options for Applicants affected by COVID-19
For applicants affected by test centre closures due to COVID-19, MITT will be temporarily accepting the following English Proficiency Tests as a means of meeting the English Language Proficiency Requirements for Category A and B post-secondary and post-graduate programs. Results will be accepted for Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 programs at this time.
- Duolingo English Test (DET)
- Minimum score of 105 for category A programs
- Minimum score of 115 for category B programs
- TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
- Same score reqiurements as the standard TOEFL iBT
- IELTS Indicator
- Same score requirements as the standard IELTS
- CAEL Online
- Same score requirements as the standard CAEL CE
|Test Type||Minimum Requirements for Category A Programs2||Minimum Requirements for Category B Programs3|
|CAEL CE & CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Assessment)||60||60|
|Cambridge English Advanced Certificate (C1)||Scale Score of 180 / Grade of C||Scale score of 180 / Grade of C|
|CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)||4.0 in all components||4.5 in Reading & Listening
4.0 in Writing & Speaking
(International English Language Testing System)
|6.0 overall, no band less than 5.5||6.5 overall, no band less than 5.5|
|MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)||80||80|
|PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)||54||58|
(Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based)
*MITT Institution Code #8870
|Overall score of 78, with no less than 17 in each component||Overall score of 86, with no less than 20 in each component|
|TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based)||Overall score of 550,
with no less than 50 (unscaled) in each component
|Overall score of 550,
with no less than 50 (unscaled) in each component
|Revised TOEFL Paper Delivered Test||17 in Reading, Writing and Listening||20 in Reading, Writing and Listening|
Official results must be forwarded directly from the applicable institution to Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. The Institute will not accept photocopied documents or student copies. English Language programs completed more than 2 years prior to the MITT program start date will not be considered.
|English Language Program||Minimum Requirements for Category A Programs2||Minimum Requirements for Category B Programs3|
|English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Academic English for College Entrance - Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology (MITT)||Completion of Level 4 with a minimum grade of 80%||Completion of Level 5 with a minimum grade of 80%|
|AEPUCE (Academic English for University and College Entrance) - University of Manitoba and Red River College||Achieve a passing grade of 65%||Achieve a passing grade of 65%|
|Academic English Program Level 5 - University of Winnipeg||Achieve a passing grade of 65%||Achieve a passing grade of 65%|
Official results or proof of enrolment in the required program/level must be forwarded directly from the applicable institution to Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. The Institute will not accept photocopied documents or student copies. Pathway programs completed more than 1 year prior to the MITT program start date will not be considered.
|Pathway Partner||Minimum Requirements for Category A Programs2||Minimum Requirements for Category B Programs3||Minimum Requirements for Category C Programs|
|English School of Canada||Completion of University College Transfer Program (UCTP) course with a minimum of 70% overall||Completion of the UCTP Course with a minimum of 80% overall||Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program|
|Heartland International English School||Completion of the Advanced 2 course||Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program||Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program|
|ILAC||Completion of the Level 15 (3.2) course||Completion of the Level 16 (3.3) course||Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program|
|ILSC||Completion of the A1 course||Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program||Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program|
Under certain circumstances students may request a waiver of the English Language Proficiency requirement. To be considered for a waiver, students must provide supporting documentation to show they meet one of the waiver conditions found here.
Citizens of the following countries who have completed their secondary education in their country of citizenship may be exempt from the English Language Proficiency requirements:
|Anguilla||Guam (USA)||South Africa|
|Antigua & Barbuda||Guyana||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|Australia||Ireland, Republic of||St. Lucia|
|Bahamas||Isle of Man||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Bermuda||Kiribati||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Botswana||Leeward Islands||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Canal Zone (USA)||Malawi||United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Norther Ireland)|
|Cayman Islands||Malta||United States of America|
|Cook Islands||Namibia||Virgin Islands (UK)|
|Dominica||New Zealand||Virgin Islands (USA)|
|Falkland Islands||Nigeria||Wake-Midland Island|
|Fiji||Papua New Guinea||Windward Islands|
|Gambia, The||Pitcairn Island||Zambia|
MITT reserves the right to request proof of language proficiency by means of a recognized language proficiency score report at any point in the application process.
Category A Programs2 (all methods of ELP are accepted, Category A requirements must be met where indicated):
Applied Leadership, Automotive Service Technician, Business Administration Assistant, Business Management, CAD Technician, Carpentry, Client Service Specialist, Culinary Arts and Design, Cyber Defense and Cloud Administration Diploma, Electrical Applications, Electronics Technician, Graphic and Print Technician, Hairstyling, Hospitality Management Diploma, Hotel and Hospitality Services, Industrial Mechanic/Millwright, Industrial Welding, International Business, Leadership & Management, Motosport Technician, Network and Systems Administrator, Software Developer.
Category B Programs3 (all methods of ELP are accepted, Category B requirements must be met where indicated):
Global Supply Chain Management*, Human Resources Learning and Development*, Medical Office Assistant and Rehabilitation Assistant.
*Applicants may also use Category A requirements plus successful completion of MITT’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Management including grades of 80% or higher in “Writing and Grammar for Business” and “Dynamic Communication Skills”. Applicants may qualify for a waiver under the regular waiver criteria.
Category C Programs: Category C Programs have individual English Language Proficiency Requirements as outlined below:
- Early Childhood Education applicants must present a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each component if using the IELTS for admission. For all other criteria, Category B requirements must be met. Applicants may qualify for a waiver under the regular waiver criteria.
- Health Care Aide and Personal Support Worker applicants must present an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each component. No other English Language Proficiency tests, waivers, or equivalences will be accepted. For the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 intakes, IELTS Indicator will also be accepted.
- Pharmacy Technician applicants must meet the language proficiency test results that meet the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Language Proficiency Requirements for licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada