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English for Academic Purposes, English Course

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  • 3 months
Do you want to improve your English language skills for college? The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program at Centennial College is a certificate program for students who use English as a second or additional language, and who wish to improve their English language skills to advance their education.


The program emphasizes speaking, listening, effective writing, reading comprehension, and college study skills.  Students are placed in one of our three levels - Basic, Intermediate, or Pre-College.  Students are placed according to a free language diagnostic test.  Students who successfully complete at least two levels, including Level 3 in the EAP Program, receive a college certificate.  Students in Level 3 who get B grades in their Reading, Writing and Speaking classes have automatic entry into the college COMM 161 English course.

The EAP program includes

  • Highly qualified, dedicated, and experienced teaching staff
  • Free discussion groups through the Library which are designed to help students build their conversational English skills
  • Computer labs featuring multimedia ESL software
  • Tutoring
  • Academic advising to ensure a smooth path to further education

Success in College Programs

About 70% of English for Academic Purposes Program students continue their studies at Centennial College.  EAPP students claim more confidence in their English language ability after taking EAPP classes, and they say they feel better prepared to make presentations, submit assignments, and participate in group work when they enter college classes.

Program Highlights

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) offers you the opportunity to improve your English language skills, which gives you an advantage when applying to college or starting a career.

Career Outlook

  • University Arts program preparation
  • Career preparation
  • College preparation

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Building Basic Language Skills: Reading 
  • Building Basic Language Skills: Writing 
  • Building Basic Language Skills: Listening 
  • Building Basic Language Skills: Speaking 
  • ESL Reading Techniques 
  • Guided Writing in English 
  • Speaking Up 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: International students: Apply early! Allow approximately four to six months before start for admission and Study Permit/Visa processing. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 3 months
    • Duration description
      The length of study depends on the student's level of English. All three levels are offered each semester. Each level is completed in one semester of 14-weeks.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

You should have completed a pre-intermediate level English course prior to starting EAP. (CLB 4)

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years of age or older)


  • This is not a program for absolute beginners
  • International students require the following minimum scores for admission:
    • IELTS - 3.5-4.0
    • TOEFL - 397-433
    • ibTOEFL - 30-40
    • iTEP - 3.5-3.6
    • Pearson TE (Academic) - 36-40
    • Cambridge Exams - Preliminary English Test ( PET) - Pass
  • All students must complete a specialized English placement assessment to determine English for Academic Purposes program placement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7040 CAD/semester
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7040 CAD per semester and a duration of 3 months.
  • National

    1338 CAD/semester
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1338 CAD per semester and a duration of 3 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
The current cost of textbooks is approximately $200 per semester for each level.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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