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English Language Proficiency Requirements

The following are the Language Proficiency Requirements for admission to Bow Valley College's career certificate and diploma programs. Please note these are not the complete admissions requirements for each program; for a complete list of academic and other admission requirements, please see the listing for that program.

Applicants whose first language is NOT English must demonstrate ONE of the following:

Program IELTS - Academic
(see notes)
TOEFL
(see notes)
Academic
English 2
Academic
English 1
CLB
Disability Studies, Early Learning and Child Care 5 with minimum
band score of 4.5
53 n/a Grade B 7 in each strand
Aboriginal Addictions Services Counselling, Education Assistant, Health Care Aide 5.5 with minimum
band score of 5.0
71 Grade B n/a 8 in each strand
Administrative Professional,
Business Administration Certificate,
Business Administration Diploma
(all majors)
Dental Business Assistant, Events Management Certificate, Hospital Unit Clerk, Interior Decorating,
Justice Studies, Legal Assistant,
Medical Office Assistant, Nutrition Manager, Veterinary Office Assistant
6 with minimum
band score of 5.5
83 Grade B n/a 8 in each strand
Pharmacy Technician*
(see below for more information)
6.5 with minimum
band score of 6.0
91 with minimum scores
Listening - 21
Reading - 22
Writing - 25
Speaking - 23
n/a n/a n/a
Practical Nurse programs Listening - 7.5
Reading - 6.5
Writing - 7.0
Speaking - 7.0
92 Grade B n/a 8 in each strand


OR:  Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements for the Career Program

OR:  Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

OR:  Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

*Pharmacy Technician

  • Proof of English Proficiency is required for all applicants who have not graduated from a high school, university, community college, or private vocational college in Canada or the United States.
  • The following English proficiency tests are also accepted for the Pharmacy Technician program:
    • MELAB: Overall score of 81, with a minimum score of 3+ in speaking, 80 in writing, 83 in reading, and 80 in listening
    • CanTEST: Minimum score of 4.5 in speaking, 4.0 in writing, 4.5 in reading, and 4.5 in listening

English Proficiency Tests

NOTES:

IELTS (Academic) and TOEFL results are valid for two years from the day of testing. Results that expire prior to the Start Date of the program cannot be accepted. Official results must be submitted.