Admission requirements:

Who is a mature student?

Mature applicants must be 19 years old by the first day of scheduled classes and do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicants must meet program-specific prerequisite courses listed in the admission requirements on each program page. Mature applicants can meet English, math or science prerequisites by successfully completing academic upgrading.

You can apply to Fanshawe College before you have completed all of the admission requirements; simply send us proof of enrolment 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 and English is your first language, 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.

If English is not your first language, the Duolingo English Language Assessment can be used for admissions purposes. To learn more about the test, see the FAQ section for test takers.

You can sign up to take the $49 (US dollars) at Results are available within 48 hours of taking the 100% online test.


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. If you have any questions about whether these equivalencies are right for you, please contact an Admissions and Pathways Advisor at

12C College Preparation English (ENG4C)

You will write an essay in response to a short reading. You will have 50 minutes to read the prompt and write the essay.

You have three options:

  1. Complete a handwritten assessment in person in the Test Centre;
  2. Complete an assessment on a computer in person in the Test Centre;
  3. Complete an assessment online at home (proctored via video camera).


Book an Assessment
  1. Book your assessment. Contact Fanshawe's Testing Centre: indicating a preferred date and how you would like to complete the assessment (in person or online). You will need your student number (given to you on the day you apply for admission).
  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.


Upgrading for math and science

We have several options for mature applicants to get the courses they need to meet admission requirements. We offer special condensed math and English courses.

Visit our academic upgrading site to learn more about the ACE program, preparing for your GED, science courses offered and much more.


The admissions team will need your test result two week before school begins each term. You will need to do the English Assessment before August 20 for fall term, Dec 10 for Winter term, and April 20 for Summer term. Upgrading courses have their own timelines – please links above.

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.

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 if you make an accommodation request seven days in advance and when you book your English Equivalency Assessment at the

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