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University of Calgary Calendar 2011-2012 Undergraduate Admissions A.17 English Language Proficiency
A.17 English Language Proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency for purposes of admission in one of the following ways:

(a) Successful completion of at least three years of formal, full-time study (not less than three courses per semester) at an English secondary or post-secondary institution in an English-speaking country which the University of Calgary recognizes as English language proficiency exempt; or

(b) Graduation from a degree program offered by an accredited university in a country which the University of Calgary recognizes as English language proficiency exempt; or

(c) A mark of 75% or better on the Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 diploma examination (not the blended grade) OR a mark of 80% or equivalent letter grade or better in Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 (blended mark) or equivalent course from other Canadian provinces.

Applicants may also satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirements by presenting one of the following:


Bachelor of Education

All other Undergraduate programs3

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program

successful completion of Tier 3 courses1


successful completion of Tier 3 courses

Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)




Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)




Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) examination




Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)




International English Language Test System (IELTS)




Pearson Test of English (Academic) 641 701 591

1 In addition to the requirements indicated above, applicants to the Faculties of Education and Nursing must also present one of the following in order to satisfy the Spoken English requirement:



Internet-based Test of Spoken English (TSE)



MELAB Speaking Test

3+ (3 plus)

4- (4 minus)

2 A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a minimum score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) is also acceptable (except for the Faculty of Nursing or the Faculty of Education).

3 Applicants to the Faculties of Law, Graduate Studies, Medicine (excluding applicants to the Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation or Bachelor of Health Sciences) or Veterinary Medicine should check English Language Proficiency requirements directly with those faculties.

Please note: Applicants must satisfy two separate and distinct English Language requirements for admission to the University of Calgary:

1. The English subject acceptable in lieu of Alberta English Language Arts 30-1


2. The English Language Proficiency requirement

Note: Students with disabilities should contact the University of Calgary Disability Resource Centre for information regarding alternative methods of evaluating the English proficiency of individuals who cannot take tests under standard conditions.

No student will be admitted unless this requirement has first been satisfied.

Please refer to the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program section for details of this program.

For information on how to register for the TOEFL examination, please refer to their website at http://www.ets.org/. When requesting official test results to be forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813 and department code 00.

The IELTS is administered by the British Council offices outside Canada and the United States. For further information about the test, please refer to their website at http://www.ielts.org/.

Information on the CAEL may be obtained from their website at http://www.cael.ca/.

Information on MELAB may be obtained at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing.

Information on the Pearson Test of English (Academic) may be found at: http://www.pearsonpte.com/petacademic/Pages/home.aspx.