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English Language Proficiency Requirements

To view the appropriate set of English Language Proficiency Requirements for the program you're applying to, please click on one of the options directly below:

English Language Proficiency Requirements - programs beginning Fall 2016 and later (effective Jan. 1, 2016)

English Language Proficiency Requirements - programs beginning up until Spring/Summer (May) 2016

REQUIREMENTS FOR FALL 2016 onwards

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 (BVC Course)
Academic
English 1 (BVC Course)
Canadian Language Benchmarks / Milestones Test
 Health Care Aide, Recreation Therapy Aide 5.5 with minimum
band score of 5.0
71 n/a Minimum grade of Grade B- 7 in each strand

Addiction Studies Aboriginal Focus (formerly Aboriginal Addictions Services Counselling), Chiu School of Business Programs, Disability Studies, Early Learning and Child Care, Education Assistant, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education, Health & Human Services Management, Interior Decorating, Justice Studies, Nutrition Manager, Open Studies

6 with minimum
band score of 5.5
83 Minimum grade of Grade B- n/a 8 in each strand
Social Work * (see below for more information) 6.0 with no band score below 6.0 84 with no section score below 21 n/a n/a 8 in reading, 8 in writing, and no lower than 7 in speaking/listening
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 Minimum Grade of 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

* Social Work - other accepted English Proficiency Requirements

**Pharmacy Technician

  • Proof of English Proficiency is required for all applicants who have not:
    • Graduated from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English courses/credit or
    • Completed an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, where instruction was provided in English

  • 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:

CLB, 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.

REQUIREMENTS UP UNTIL SPRING/SUMMER (MAY) 2016

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
Canadian Language Benchmarks (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:

CLB, 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.