In general, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent is required to apply to Ontario College programs. If you have a high school/post secondary diploma from another country, you need to have them assessed through ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service of Canada) or WES (World Education Services).
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- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
If you use your high school diploma (transcript) as the only credential you use to apply to college, you need to have it assessed only through ICAS because WES doesn’t offer course by course assessment report service for high school diploma.
The advantage using ICAS is that if you have the original diploma and copy of the transcript, you can send them both to ICAS.
ICAS will verify the authenticity of the documents and return the original documents to you.
You can also bring your original and copy of your documents to ICAS office, and you will get the original documents back the same day.
It depends on the country that issued your certificate. Some cases, you need to request your institution to send the documents directly to ICAS.
- World Education Services (WES)
WES only accept the documents that have been sent directly from your institutions. You need to request your institution to send the documents to you, and you forward it to WES as it is (in sealed envelope).
WES doesn’t offer course by course assessment report service for high school diploma but documents by documents assessment.
They only offer course by course report for post secondary education only.
You may need to contact the college directly find out what test and score are required there.
The college usually accepts the test from the following test:
- English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
What happens if you don’t get the score needed to meet the requirement?
Alternatively, you can contact the college directly if they offer English language testing at their institution. English language testing at the College is often easier to pass than the test from the English testing mentioned above.
The college may offer you English as a second language program to improve your English skills needed to succeed in College. Once you complete the English as a second language program, you will be admitted to the program of your choice.
Some colleges, depending on the program, often require you to complete the interview set by the College. The college will contact you directly if there is anything you need to complete before they give you the offer. It is important to note those admission requirements vary between specific colleges and programs.