International Students

English Language Proficiency

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As English is the primary language of instruction at UAlberta, Augustana Campus, all students are required to meet our English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement.  For more information, see Section 13.3.1 of the University of Alberta’s Academic Calendar.

Ways to meet the ELP requirement

UAlberta will accept one of the following

Requirements

Complete an ELP exam with the minimum required score.

 

Standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing office. Photocopies will not be accepted.

 

Test scores must be valid and verifiable. Scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

When requesting TOEFL scores, use:
Institution Code: 0963
Department Code: 00

iBT: At least 86 with a minimum score of 21 points in each section, or

Paper based: 580

IELTS (Academic) (International English Language Testing System)

At least 6.5 with no band less than 5.0

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language assessment exam)

At least 70

CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)

At least 4.5, with no part lower than 4

CAE (Certificate in Advanced English, also known as Cambridge English: Advanced)

At least B

CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English, also known as Cambridge English: Proficiency)

At least C

MELAB (Michigan English Assessment Battery)

At least 85

PTE (Academic) (Pearson Test of English Academic)

At least 59

Complete certain UAlberta-approved courses with a minimum required grade.

 

In countries where alpha-grades are further defined by numerical grades, a minimum grade of 3 is required to meet ELP. For example: a grade of B3.

 

Standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing office. Photocopies will not be accepted and test scores must be valid and verifiable.

English Language Arts 30-1 course (Alberta High School)

Final blended grade of 75% or better

International Baccalaureate English A1, A2

A grade of 5 or better

International Baccalaureate English B1, B2

A grade of 6 or better

Advanced Placement English

A grade of 4 or better on the AP English College Board examination

O-level, GCSE, IGCSE, AS-level or A-level English Language or Literature course

A grade of B or better

6 credits of transferable university-level English Language and Literature completed at a postsecondary institution where English is the language of instruction

A grade of B+ or better

University of Alberta’s ESL 140/145

Successful completion

Previous Education in English

 

Enrolment in English as a second language (ESL) courses or programs will not be included in the calculation of three years of full-time study. Enrolment must be in a regular high school or postsecondary for-credit program. Where students are registered in both ESL and regular programs, the ESL hours will be deducted from the total educational hours.

 

Proof of three years of education must be submitted in the form of official transcripts, including details on course enrolment and hours of instruction.

 

Failing grades/courses will not be counted when calculating full-time attendance. Only courses with passing grades will be considered.

** For a list of countries and institutions that are recognized as having met the ELP requirement, see Countries, Universities and Schools that satisfy ELP.

Three or more years of full-time education in English (excluding ESL) in a country where English is the principal language.

Education must be equivalent to Alberta Grade 12 and can be a combination of secondary and postsecondary training.

Three years of full-time instruction in a school/institution in Canada in which the major language of instruction is English.

The level of English proficiency required for graduation must be equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada.

Successful completion of three years of full-time education in English at a recognized school/institution that uses English as the primary language of instruction.

The level of English proficiency required for graduation must be equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada.

Graduation from a degree program offered by an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction.

The institution must be located in a country where English is the primary language.

Complete UAlberta’s Bridging Program.

If you meet the subject requirements for your program of interest, but not the English Language requirement, you should explore UAlberta’s Bridging Program. The program allows students to start some degree programs while taking ESL classes to improve English language skills.

See Bridging Program.