The ELE has been temporarily suspended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Once the college is open again, we will resume offering the ELE. In the meantime, please visit the following webpage for information on other ways of meeting your language requirement. The Duolingo Test of English has been temporarily added and is fully online. Scroll to the bottom of the English Language Requirements page to find further information.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email


Information about the Fanshawe College English Language Evaluation

To be accepted into a post-secondary program at Fanshawe you need to be proficient in English. Students whose first language is not English and who do not have a Grade 12 English credit from a Canadian secondary school have several different ways to show their ability in English. One way students can choose is to write the English Language Evaluation test at Fanshawe College. Check your program information to find out what score is needed on the ELE for the program(s) you are applying to.

Step One

Apply to the post-secondary program(s) you are interested in, using the OCAS application system (

International students, please apply here

Step Two

Schedule yourself to write the English Language Evaluation test as soon as possible. You can do this by emailing the English Language Institute (ELI) at: Follow the instructions in the automatic reply. You will receive a confirmation email once you are signed-up.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your test, please email the ELI at the above email address at least 24 hours in advance.

Step Three

After you book the test with the ELI, you must fill out an application form and pay a non-refundable fee of $60 (credit and debit only) to write the test. You do this in the Office of the Registrar, Room E1012, London Campus. It is possible to do this on the same day as the test, but make sure you come to the College early enough to be on time for your test. You will receive your application form and a receipt from the Registrar’s Office.

Step Four

Arrive at the testing room at the scheduled time. You must bring your completed application form, your receipt of payment, and photo identification (e.g. passport, driver’s license, etc.)

Step Five

Write the test – it takes approximately three and a half hours and it will start precisely on time. Please do not be late. Students who arrive after the test begins cannot write the test. There are four parts to the test: listening comprehension, grammar, reading comprehension, and writing.

In order to pass for most diploma-level programs, you must get at least 70% in all four parts of the test. Pre-Health, Degree and Graduate programs require 75% in all parts of the test.

Step Six

Within a week of writing your test, you will receive an email from Claire Marin, ELI Coordinator, with your results. For more information please email or call 519-452-4430 x4669. Your results will also be sent directly to the Registrar's Office to be added to your application documentation.

ELE Frequently Asked Questions

English Evaluation Test Schedule