Michener English Language Assessment

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

In class




4 hours


Bruce Russell, B.A., B.Mus., CTESL, M.Ed. (OISE)

Intended For

  • Students applying for admission to the Michener Institute
  • Health professionals fulfilling the language requirement for professional certification.

Course Description

The Michener English Language Assessment (MELA – LANG100) measures English language proficiency based on communication that is typical in health care education or practice settings. The test is referenced to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), a Canadian framework for English language proficiency. MELA scores are used by post-secondary institutions and regulatory bodies as approved and acceptable demonstration of communicative competence to study or practice.

Please note: A participant may only attempt the MELA test up to a maximum of 3 times.
For additional information and samples of the test visit The MELA website .

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols, we’re currently conducting the Speaking Test portion ONLINE. This portion is ½ hour and will be conducted on Saturday or Sunday of the nearest weekend. Please keep in mind that this portion of the test may not be scheduled on the same day as the other portions of the test. Invitations to the Speaking Test will be sent out within 3 days of the MELA.

Evaluation Method:

The assessment takes approximately 4 hours and scores are reported in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

Assessment Times:

Wednesday Dates – between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (Toronto – Eastern Time)
Saturday Dates – between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  (Toronto – Eastern Time)


The Michener Institute of Education at UHN (conveniently located by St. Patrick Subway Station)
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1V4

Reception will direct you to the test room location. Please arrive on time for your sign-in.

*NEW* – For a fully-online version of the MELA, please visit our MELA online option.

Transfers, Withdrawals, Refunds, and Appeals

For information on transfers, withdrawals, refunds and appeals, please refer to our Continuing Education Policy.

COVID-19: Health & Safety

Michener will actively be screening all MELA participants upon arrival. Participants must comply with social distancing measures and wear a face mask at all times. In addition, to minimize time spent indoors on your MELA test date, the MELA Speaking Test interview will be conducted online at a later date – typically by next day. Additional information will be provided to all registrants.

COVID Vaccine Requirement:

Proof of full vaccination will be required.

Instructions to upload proof of COVID vaccination to Self Service

Registration instructions:

  1. Select button “View Available Sections and Registration”
  2. This page contains 3 boxes. Click on the “Sign In” box
  3. If you have a Self service account, sign in here. If you do not, then create an account.
  4. Select your course/section by clicking the “Add” button which will send the course to your cart.
  5. To move on to payment, click the blue “Register” button.
  6. Once payment has been processed, registration is complete.