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Study English

Why study English at St. Lawrence College?

Strong English skills are the foundation for your academic and career success. The College provides a variety of programs to suit your needs. You can study at home from your country, or come to Canada to be immersed in the English environment. Either option will allow you to reach the proficiency level required to enter an academic program or enhance your career prospect. The College also provides summer camps and customized ESL training for you to learn about Canadian culture through experiential learning.

SLC English as Second Language programs are accredited by Languages Canada.

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What is my English level?

If you have taken a standardized test such as IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Duolingo, we will place you into the appropriate level. We also accept Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). If you have not taken a standardized test, we will conduct a placement test.

The table below shows the entrance score for each level.

St. Lawrence College Placement

IELTS*

TOEFL iBT

TOEIC

CLB (Completed)

DuoLingo**

Pre-Intermediate

30

3.0

30-40

250

3-4

45-60

Intermediate

50

4.0

41-52

405

4-5

65-80

Advanced

60

5.0

53-64

600

5-6

85-90

Advanced Plus

70

5.5

64-77

700

6-7

95-100

*No band may be lower than the overall score.
** If any subskills are below the minimum score, this may result in placement at a lower level.

  • Online self-assessment: This assessment is designed to help estimate your English level. It consists of 90 questions in 3 parts (grammar, reading and listening). It should take about one hour to complete. The results from this test is for your reference only. It is not the official placement test and cannot be used as official proof of English proficiency for admission.

  • English Skills - Checklist: If you answer "YES" to at least 14 of these questions, then you are ready for the Pre-Intermediate English level. The results from this checklist is for your reference only. It is not the official placement test and cannot be used as official proof of English proficiency for admission.