Admission requirements:

Applicants over the age of 19 who do not have a high school diploma

To be admitted as a mature applicant, you do not need a high school diploma, but you must have credit in the courses listed in the admission requirements. You can apply to Fanshawe College without having completed all of the admission requirements; simply send us proof of enrollment in any courses you are taking for admission requirements purposes. Fanshawe must receive a final mark for required admission courses three weeks prior to the start of classes.

Mature applicant equivalency assessments*:

If you are ineligible for a program because you are missing an English requirement, the English Equivalency Assessment may be for you. Although achieving a passing grade on this assessment will not provide you with an English credit, it can help you gain admission to an open program at Fanshawe College. 


Learn more about the English Equivalency Assessment


*Please note: Currently all programs in the School of Health Sciences and the School of Public Safety are not accepting English Equivalency.  Select programs in Building Technology and the Music Industry Arts program are also not accepting the English Equivalency.  If you have any questions about whether these equivalencies are right for you, please contact an Admissions and Pathways Advisor at 519-452-4277.

12C College Preparation English (ENG4C)

You will write an essay in response to a short reading (called a prompt). The essay will be handwritten. You will have 50 minutes to read the prompt and write the essay. Please do your best work. Follow the instructions carefully.


Book an Assessment
  1. Book your assessment. Contact Lorrie at Fanshawe's Testing Centre: Lorrie Rutter-Aulis,
  2. Get results. When you have completed your supervised English Equivalency Assessment, your results will be sent to Admissions, and you will be contacted regarding your next steps.


Frequently Asked Questions


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If I live near a regional campus, can I write the Assessment there?
Yes, please call the appropriate office for an appointment.
Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus: 519-426-8260
St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus: 519-633-2030
Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus: 519-421-0144
Huron/Bruce Regional Sites: 519-452-4430

How long is the English Equivalency Assessment?
You will have 50 minutes to complete the supervised English Equivalency Assessment in the Test Centre.

What is the format of the English Equivalency Assessment?
The assessment is handwritten and completed in our Test Centre.

How many attempts do I get on the English Equivalency Assessment?
You will get only one attempt on the supervised English Equivalency Assessment.

What should I bring with me to write the test?
Valid, government-issued photo identification.
Blue or black-ink pen.

What if I require accommodations to write the English Equivalency Assessment?
If you have an identified disability, accommodations can be arranged when you book your English Equivalency Assessment with Lorrie by phone at 519-452-4430 x4947 or by e-mail at

How will I know if I passed the English Equivalency Assessment?
You will get your grade immediately upon completion of the English Equivalency Assessment. This grade will automatically be sent to Admissions, and you will be contacted regarding your next steps.