Conditional Admission

International students applying to the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s undergraduate programs must demonstrate sufficient mastery of English, both oral and written, at a level appropriate for academic studies at a U.S. college or university.

This requirement can be met by providing the College of Mount Saint Vincent with an official score on the TOEFL exam, on the IELTS exam, the Pearson PTE, the GTEC CBT exam. Students may also elect to take the SAT or ACT exams. Minimum passing scores on the English section of those exams will be the determining factor for proper English proficiency.

The minimum acceptable score on each exam is as follows:

  • Written TOEFL–550; online TOEFL–80
  • IELTS–6.5
  • Pearson PTE–58
  • GTECH CBT–1100
  • SAT EBR+W–550
  • ACT English–22

Applicants whose scores are below these minimum requirements, but otherwise fulfill all of the other requirements for admission, may be granted “conditional admission” into a a program of English Language training at our partner school ELS Language Centers. An ELS Center is located on the Riverdale campus and offers many programs to help international students achieve English language fluency.

A student’s language skills are assessed on entry to the program and the student is placed in the appropriate level of English Language study. The length of time required for reaching a satisfactory level of competency varies with each student, and the level on which the student was placed after assessment. ELS training is structured as a series of intensive one-month modules and are offered year-round. Students enrolled in an English language training program will reside on campus while they attend language training classes full-time.

Once a student progresses through their respective ELS training and advances out of ELS 112, they may fully matriculate at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Upon satisfying the English requirements, the student can enroll in academic coursework at the Mount. Students will also earn 6 credits in English towards their respective degree. The following table outlines the test scores earned and requirements.

Students enrolled in an ELS program will reside on campus while attending language training classes full-time. The fee for the Conditionally Accepted English Language Program is $3,975 per session. Learn more about ELS Language Centers.