Prior to University of Calgary Continuing Education course registration or certificate admission, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

1. Internationally recognized test scores

Test Minimum Score
Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) 80
Computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL CBT) 213
Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) 550
International English Language Test System (IELTS) 6
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) 60
Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA) 7 (average)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) examination 70

2. Continuing Education ESL program

Language Program Level Courses Minimum Grade
UCalgary English Language Program:
Semester Program
Level 6 ESL 610
ESL 620
ESL 630
Completion with B+
UCalgary English Language Program:
Part-Time ESL Course
ESL 5 ENL 510 Completion with B+

3. Completion of formal studies at an English speaking institution

Successful completion of formal, full-time study (not less than three courses per semester) at an English secondary or post-secondary institution that is accredited by the Council of International Schools.

4. High school Canadian English grades

  • A mark of 65% or better on the Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 diploma examination (not the blended grade), OR
  • A mark of 65% or equivalent letter grade or better in Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 (blended mark), OR
  • A mark of 65% or better in Alberta English Language Arts 30-2, OR
  • Equivalent high school level course from other Canadian provinces.

Note: Courses offered through the English Language Program are exempt from University of Calgary Continuing Education English language proficiency requirements. For admission requirements into the English Language Program please click here.

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