English Language Proficiency Requirements

Do you meet the English language requirements for the program you want? Find it in the list below to see what you need before you apply.


Requirements by Program

The English proficiency requirements listed in this section apply to career certificates, diplomas, post-diploma certificates, and Career Program Pathways listed below:

English test / program
Minimum required score
BVC Academic English 1
Not accepted
BVC Academic English 2 Minimum grade of Grade B- 
Canadian Language Benchmarks / Milestones Test* 8 in each strand 
IELTS Academic* 6.0 with minimum band score of 5.5
PTE A (Pearson Test of English)* 59-64
TOEFL* 83


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


*Important Notes

Test validity

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.

English Proficiency Tests

The English proficiency requirements listed in this section apply to the programs listed below:

English test / program
Minimum required score
BVC Academic English 1
Minimum grade of Grade B-
Canadian Language Benchmarks / Milestones Test* 7 in each strand
IELTS Academic* 5.5 with minimum band score of 5.0
PTE A (Pearson Test of English)* 42-50
TOEFL* 71

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


*Important Notes

Test validity

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.

English Proficiency Tests

The English proficiency requirements listed in this section apply to the Social Work Diploma program only.

English test / program
Minimum required score
BVC Academic English 1
Not accepted
BVC Academic English 2 Not accepted
CAEL 60, with no subtest below 60
Canadian Language Benchmarks / Milestones Test* 8 in reading, 8 in writing, and
no lower than 7 in speaking/listening
CELPIP General
Overall score of 7,
with a minimum band score of 7
IELTS Academic* 6.0 with no band score below 6.0
NorQuest ESLS7000, ESLS7100, ESLW8000, and ESLW8100** Completed with a minimum grade of 80%
PTE A (Pearson Test of English)* Not accepted
TOEFL* 84 with no section score below 21

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


Important Notes

*Test validity

CLB, CAEL, IELTS (Academic), CELPIP, 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.

**Course validity

NorQuest ESLS7000, ESLS7100, ESLW8000, and ESLW8100 can be accepted if these courses were completed within two years of the start of the Social Work program.

English Proficiency Tests

Proof of English Proficiency is required for all Pharmacy Technician Diploma 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 English proficiency requirements listed in this section apply to the Pharmacy Technician Diploma program only.

English test / program
Minimum required score
BVC Academic English 1
Not accepted
BVC Academic English 2 Not accepted
Canadian Language Benchmarks / Milestones Test* Not accepted
CanTEST*
Minimum score of 4.5 in speaking, 4.0 in writing,
4.5 in reading, and 4.5 in listening
IELTS Academic* 6.5 with minimum band score of 6.0
MELAB*
Overall score of 81, with a minimum score of 3+ in speaking,
80 in writing, 83 in reading, and 80 in listening
PTE A (Pearson Test of English)* Not accepted
TOEFL* 91 with minimum scores, Listening - 21, Reading - 22,
Writing – 25, and Speaking -23

Important Notes

*Test validity

CLB, IELTS (Academic), MELAB, CanTEST, 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.

English Proficiency Tests

The English proficiency requirements listed in this section apply to the Practical Nurse Diploma and Practical Nurse for Internationally-Educated Nurses programs only.

English test / program
Minimum required score
BVC Academic English 1
Not accepted
BVC Academic English 2 Minimum Grade of B
Canadian Language Benchmarks / Milestones Test* 8  in each strand
IELTS Academic* Listening - 7.5, Reading - 6.5, Writing - 7.0, Speaking - 7.0
PTE A (Pearson Test of English)* Not accepted
TOEFL* 92

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


*Important Notes

Test validity

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.

English Proficiency Tests


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