Courses at Bow Valley College are primarily taught in Canadian English. To qualify for admission, learners must demonstrate their language proficiency, typically through their high school or college/university transcripts, or through a test of English language proficiency, depending on the individual program.

Open the drop-down items below to check the requirements for your specific program of interest.

Requirements By Program

The English proficiency requirements listed in this section applies to all post-secondary programs, except Health Care Aide Certificate, Pharmacy Technician Diploma, Practical Nurse Diploma, and Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate. 

Results Minimum Required Score
BVC Academic English 1 Not accepted
BVC Academic English 2 Minimum grade of Grade B-
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) 50
Canadian Language Benchmarks     8 in each strand (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
Duolingo 95 - 100
IELTS Academic 6.0 with minimum band score 6.0  
Pearson Test of English (PTE) A 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. Click for more information

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

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 for Health Care Aide Certificate are:

English Test* / Program Minimum Required Score
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 7 in each strand
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) 7 general, with no section score below 6.0
Duolingo 95 - 100
IELTS Academic 6.0 overall, with no section score below 5.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* 71

OR: Three (3) years of full-time secondary education at a Canadian high school where the primary language of instruction was English

OR: Two (2) years full-time study at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada where the primary language of instruction was English

Test Validity

English test 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 for the Health Care Aide for English Language Learners Certificate program are:

Stream 1 – Applying with English Language Arts
English Test* / Program Minimum Required Score
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 6 in each strand or a combination of 6 and 7
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* 53
IELTS Academic 5.0
Stream 2 – Applying with English Language Proficiency
English Test* / Program Minimum Required Score
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 7 in each strand or a combination of 7 and 8
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* 71
IELTS Academic 6.0 overall, with no section score below 5.5
Duolingo 75 - 80

OR: Three (3) years of full-time secondary education at a Canadian high school where the primary language of instruction was English

OR: Two (2) years full-time study at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada where the primary language of instruction was English

Test Validity

English test 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 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
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
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 91 with minimum scores, Listening - 21, Reading - 22,
Writing – 25, and Speaking -23

 

OR: Three (3) years of full-time secondary education at a Canadian high school where the primary language of instruction was English

OR: Two (2) years full-time study at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada where the primary language of instruction was English

 

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
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
Test of English as a Foreign Language (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

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 for Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate are:

English Test* / Program Minimum Required Score
BVC Academic English 1 Minimum grade of Grade B-
Canadian Language Benchmarks 7 in each strand
 Duolingo 85 - 90 
IELTS Academic 5.5 with minimum band score of 5.0
PTE A (Pearson Test of English) 42-50
Test of English as a Foreign Language (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

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

SAIT

SAIT graduates who complete SAIT’s English Language Foundations (ELF) Level 5 (Communications 5 - COMN155 and Speech 5 - SPCH 155) with a minimum mark 75% or B will be recognized as satisfying English language proficiency requirements for the purposes of admission to a BVC program.*

SAIT ELF Level 5 students can also present a COMN 155 score + a CLBA 8 test score in lieu of SPCH 155 or present SPCH 155 score and a CLBA 8 test score in lieu of COMN 155.

*Except the Pharmacy Technician Diploma and Health Care Aide Certificate program.


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