English Language Proficiency Requirements

English is the language of instruction and examination at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. If your first or primary language is not English, and/or your country is not exempt, you will need to provide evidence of having the English language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing necessary to be successful in the Saskatchewan Polytechnic program to which you are applying.

Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements.

Exempt countries may not be recognized during ELP assessment for programs with program-specific ELP requirements. These programs include:

  • Addictions Counselling
  • Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing
  • Collaborative Nurse Practitioner
  • Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology 
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Cytotechnology
  • Health Information Management (IELTS variance only)
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Radiologic Technology
  • Nursing Re-entry
  • Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing
  • Primary Care Paramedic
  • Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Literacy and Adult Education programs (other than Adult 12)

Saskatchewan Polytechnic applicants who have completed their secondary (high school) education or received post-secondary training in one of the following exempt countries are not generally required to provide evidence of English language proficiency (ELP).

Note: If you are from an exempt country, you may need to meet a program's specific English language proficiency requirement.

Exempt Countries:

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • England
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Ireland
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Panama Canal Zone
    Puerto Rico
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Scotland
  • Sierra Leone
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United States of America
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Wales
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

International applicants with study permits may be subject to further requirements.

Full-time study - secondary education (high school)

For Regular High School and Adult Basic Education a minimum 3 courses in a semester, or 3 courses over two consecutive quarters, or 6 courses in a non-semestered academic year is required to be considered full-time. Adult Basic Education may include Adult 12 bridging courses (at the discretion of International Admissions).

Note: ESL and non-credit courses are excluded.

Evidence may be demonstrated in one of the following ways.

Successful completion of Grade 12 at an English-speaking high school, including Advanced Placement English courses, each with a minimum grade of 3
A minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30 and English Language Arts B30 (or equivalent) as part of one successful full-time year of study and completion of a provincially-examined Adult 12 program.

A minimum grade of 70% in Grade 12 provincially-examined or state-examined English courses as part of one successful full-time year of study; OR successful completion of Grades 10, 11 and 12 English courses or their equivalents, in sequence, as part of three full-time years in a high school using provincially-accredited Canadian or state-accredited U.S. curriculum, including regular (10, 20 or 30 level) or modified (11, 21 or 31 level) courses. English as a Second Language courses will not be considered.

Quebec applicants must provide proof of:

  • a Secondary V Diplôme d’études secondaires (DES) with three successful years of English in sequence, or
  • a minimum of one complete year in an academic diploma program at a French Collège d’enseignement général et professional (CEGEP), and two of the following English courses: English 603-101, 603-102, 603-103, or
  • a minimum of one complete year in an academic diploma program at an English CEGEP college
Successful completion of Grades 10, 11, and 12 (or equivalent), in sequence, as part of three full-time years of secondary school taught and examined at an accredited institution recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where English is the official language of instruction and examination. Registrar approval will be required.
 Successful completion of an approved Adult 12 program, including a minimum grade of 70% in equivalent English courses as part of one successful full-time year of study.

ELP tests are valid for a period of two years. Each testing service has its own policies concerning re-testing timeframes, etc.

Minimum score of 60 with a minimum score of 50 in each component.

www.cael.ca

Minimum score of 4.5 in each of listening and reading, a minimum score of 4.0 in speaking, and a minimum score of 4.0 in writing 

www.usask.ca

Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, including higher level English with a minimum grade of 4

Overall minimum score of Band 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.0 in each component.

www.ielts.org 

IELTS at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

 

A minimum score of 63 with minimum component scores of 50.

https://pearsonpte.com 

An overall minimum score of 81 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), with a minimum score of 19 in each of reading, listening, speaking and writing.

www.toefl.com 

 

Minimum test score of 550 with a minimum TWE of 3.5 and a minimum TSE of 50.

www.toefl.com 

Applicants may be conditionally waitlisted and/or conditionally accepted where proof of registration in an English language Centre program is provided. Proof must include a specified date by which the individual is anticipated to meet the ELP requirement.

Successful completion of ESL 050 (Advanced Level) with completion of either Literature and Writing or Advanced Writing, or a minimum average score of 55 on the ESL placement exam.

University of Regina

Successful completion of U-Prep 2 or U-Bridge 2.

University of Saskatchewan

Minimum 70% in UCTP for certificate, diploma, and degree program and 80% for post-graduation certificate program. 

English School of Canada

Successful completion of a Saskatchewan Polytechnic-recognized ESL program from a Canadian college or university, if it is considered equivalent to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s required TOEFL iBT or IELTS admission requirements. Proficiency equivalents will be reviewed by Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s International Admissions Representative in consultation with the relevant program head. Registrar approval will be required.

Successful completion of a minimum of 24 credits from an accredited program at a recognized institution, or a combination of accredited programs at institutions recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where English is the official language of instruction and examination.
Proficiency equivalents are reviewed by Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s International Admissions Representative in consultation with the relevant program head. Recommendations are submitted to the Registrar for final approval. Applicants may appeal to the Registrar decisions concerning English language proficiency requirements.

The language of instruction and assessment for this program is English. In addition to the general admission requirements, if your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English.

English language proficiency will be based on submission of evidence of one of the following:

Completion of studies at a Canadian or U.S. high school (secondary education):

  • Completion of grades 10, 11, and 12 English, in sequence, as part of three full academic years in a high school using provincially-accredited Canadian or state-accredited U.S. curriculum with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, or equivalent. English as a Second Language courses will not be considered.

Completion of studies at an English-speaking post-secondary school:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of two years from an accredited program at a recognized institution or a combination of accredited programs at institutions recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where English is the official language of instruction and examination with a grade point average of 60% or equivalent.

If one of the above requirements is not met, evidence of one of the following English proficiency tests meeting the specified exam standards must be submitted:

International Language Testing Source – Academic Version (IELTS-AC)

  • Overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)

  • Minimum score of 4.5 in each of Listening and Reading, a minimum score of 4.0 in each of Speaking and Writing

Michener English Language Assessment (MELA)

  • Minimum score of 8 in each of Reading, Listening and Speaking, and a minimum score of 7 in Writing

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Overall score of 94-101 with a minimum score of 23 in Speaking, a minimum score of 24 in each of Listening and Reading, and a minimum score of 27 in Writing

Completion of grades 11 and 12 English, in sequence, as part of two full academic years, in a high school using a provincially- or state-accredited Canadian or U.S. curriculum OR a grade of 80% or better in a grade 12 provincially-examined English course, as part of one full term of study

Successful completion of at least 24 credit hours in an approved English-language post-secondary institution, including at least 6 credit hours in humanities or social science subjects and with a grade point average of 60.00% or equivalent.

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE Ordinary Level English, English Language, or English as a Second Language with minimum grade of ‘B’ or GCE A/AS/AICE Level English or English Language with minimum grade of ‘C’.

One of the following tests also will be accepted. Test results must be received, by the Admissions Office, directly from the testing service.

A minimum score of 4.5 in each of Listening, Reading, and Writing and a score of 5.0 or higher in Speaking.

www.usask.ca

 

A minimum score of 70 with a minimum sub-score of 70 in all components.

www.cael.ca

 

A minimum score of 85 with a minimum sub-score of 3+ in Speaking.

www.umich.edu

 

A minimum overall score of 90 with minimum sub-scores of 20 in Reading and Writing, 26 in Speaking, and 22 in Listening.

www.toefl.com

 

A minimum overall score of 580 with a minimum sub-score of 50 in each of Listening and Speaking, and a minimum score of 5.0 in each of Writing and Reading.

www.toefl.com

The language of instruction and assessment for this program is English. In addition to the general admission requirements, if your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English. English language proficiency will be based on submission of evidence for one of the following:

  • Completion of studies at a Canadian or U.S. high school (secondary education)
    • Completion of grades 10, 11, and 12 English, in sequence, as part of three full academic years in a high school using provincially-accredited Canadian or state-accredited U.S. curriculum with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30 or equivalent. English as a Second Language courses will not be considered.
  • Completion of studies at an English-speaking post-secondary school
    • Successful completion of a minimum of two full years (minimum 24 credits) from an accredited program at a recognized institution or a combination of accredited programs at institutions recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where English is the official language of instruction and examination with a grade point average of 60% or equivalent.

If one of the above requirements is not met, evidence of one of the following English proficiency tests meeting the specified exam standards must be submitted:

  • International Language Testing Source – Academic Version (IELTS-AC)
    • Overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
    • Minimum score of 4.5 in each of Listening and Reading, a minimum score of 4.0 in each of Speaking and Writing
  • Michener English Language Assessment (MELA)
    • Minimum score of 8 in each of Reading, Listening and Speaking and a minimum score of 7 in Writing.

The language of instruction and assessment for this program is English. In addition to the general admission requirements, if your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English. English language proficiency will be based on submission of evidence for one of the following:

  • Completion of studies at a Canadian or U.S. high school (secondary education)
    • Completion of grades 10, 11, and 12 English, in sequence, as part of three full academic years in a high school using provincially-accredited Canadian or state-accredited U.S. curriculum with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30 or equivalent. English as a Second Language courses will not be considered.
  • Completion of studies at an English-speaking post-secondary school
    • Successful completion of a minimum of two full years (minimum 24 credits) from an accredited program at a recognized institution or a combination of accredited programs at institutions recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where English is the official language of instruction and examination with a grade point average of 60% or equivalent.

If one of the above requirements is not met, evidence of one of the following English proficiency tests meeting the specified exam standards must be submitted:

  • International Language Testing Source – Academic Version (IELTS-AC)
    • Overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
    • Minimum score of 4.5 in each of Listening and Reading, a minimum score of 4.0 in each of Speaking and Writing
  • Michener English Language Assessment (MELA)
    • Minimum score of 8 in each of Reading, Listening and Speaking and a minimum score of 7 in Writing.
Evidenced through licensure with the registered nurses’ licensing body in Canada

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Overall minimum score of Band 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component is required.

The language of instruction and assessment for this program is English. In addition to the general admission requirements, if your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English. English language proficiency will be based on submission of evidence for one of the following:

  • Completion of studies at a Canadian or U.S. high school (secondary education)
    • Completion of grades 10, 11, and 12 English, in sequence, as part of three full academic years in a high school using provincially-accredited Canadian or state-accredited U.S. curriculum with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30 or equivalent. English as a Second Language courses will not be considered.
  • Completion of studies at an English-speaking post-secondary school
    • Successful completion of a minimum of two full years (minimum 24 credits) from an accredited program at a recognized institution or a combination of accredited programs at institutions recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where English is the official language of instruction and examination with a grade point average of 60% or equivalent.

If one of the above requirements is not met, evidence of one of the following English proficiency tests meeting the specified exam standards must be submitted:

  • International Language Testing Source – Academic Version (IELTS-AC)
    • Overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
    • Minimum score of 4.5 in each of Listening and Reading, a minimum score of 4.0 in each of Speaking and Writing
  • Michener English Language Assessment (MELA)
    • Minimum score of 8 in each of Reading, Listening and Speaking and a minimum score of 7 in Writing.

The language of instruction and assessment for this program is English. In addition to the general admission requirements, if your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English. English language proficiency will be based on submission of evidence for one of the following:

  • Completion of studies at a Canadian or U.S. high school (secondary education)
    • Completion of grades 10, 11, and 12 English, in sequence, as part of three full academic years in a high school using provincially-accredited Canadian or state-accredited U.S. curriculum with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30 or equivalent. English as a Second Language courses will not be considered.
  • Completion of studies at an English-speaking post-secondary school
    • Successful completion of a minimum of two full years (minimum 24 credits) from an accredited program at a recognized institution or a combination of accredited programs at institutions recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where English is the official language of instruction and examination with a grade point average of 60% or equivalent.

If one of the above requirements is not met, evidence of one of the following English proficiency tests meeting the specified exam standards must be submitted:

  • International Language Testing Source – Academic Version (IELTS-AC)
    • Overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
    • Minimum score of 4.5 in each of Listening and Reading, a minimum score of 4.0 in each of Speaking and Writing
  • Michener English Language Assessment (MELA)
    • Minimum score of 8 in each of Reading, Listening and Speaking and a minimum score of 7 in Writing.

The language of instruction and assessment for this program is English. In addition to the general admission requirements, if your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English. English language proficiency will be based on submission of evidence for one of the following:

  • Completion of studies at a Canadian or U.S. high school (secondary education)
    • Completion of grades 10, 11, and 12 English, in sequence, as part of three full academic years in a high school using provincially-accredited Canadian or state-accredited U.S. curriculum with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30 or equivalent. English as a Second Language courses will not be considered.
  • Completion of studies at an English-speaking post-secondary school
    • Successful completion of a minimum of two full years (minimum 24 credits) from an accredited program at a recognized institution or a combination of accredited programs at institutions recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where English is the official language of instruction and examination with a grade point average of 60% or equivalent.

If one of the above requirements is not met, evidence of one of the following English proficiency tests meeting the specified exam standards must be submitted:

  • International Language Testing Source – Academic Version (IELTS-AC)
    • Overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
    • Minimum score of 4.5 in each of Listening and Reading, a minimum score of 4.0 in each of Speaking and Writing
  • Michener English Language Assessment (MELA)
    • Minimum score of 8 in each of Reading, Listening and Speaking and a minimum score of 7 in Writing.
Recommendation letter from the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA)

Letter from the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA) or the regulatory body in the province where the student resides, recommending the candidate and indicating the candidate meets English language proficiency

Evidence of English language proficiency will be based on submission of one of the following for evidence:

  • Language proficiency test results determined by the National Association for Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (NAPRA) language proficiency requirements for licensure as a pharmacy technician in Canada
  • Graduation from a high school in Canada or a Collège d’enseignement general et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with four consecutive, first language English or French* courses/credits
  • An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, where instruction is in English or French*

*Saskatchewan Polytechnic is a unilingual institution with all academic instruction, labs and clinicals delivered in English only.

If your first learned language is not English, you must successfully demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways.

NOTE: There are no countries considered ELP exempt.

  1. A minimum of two (2) years of full-time study in total (i.e., at any level from primary to post-secondary in any combination), in English in Canada (not including non-credit courses or English language training courses, e.g., LINC), or the following ELP results for IELTS (Academic) or the CELBAN. (CELBAN is an option for internationally educated nurses only).

NOTE:  SALPN defined full-time study as a minimum of 3 courses per semester

  1. IELTS (Academic): Must meet the minimum in each component shown below, and an overall minimum of 7
  • Writing – 7
  • Speaking – 7
  • Listening – 7.5
  • Reading – 6.5
  1. CELBAN: For internationally educated nurses only
  • Writing – 7
  • Speaking – 8
  • Listening – 10
  • Reading – 8

The language of instruction and assessment for this program is English. In addition to the general admission requirements, if your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English.

English language proficiency will be based on submission of evidence of one of the following: 

Completion of studies at a Canadian or U.S. high school (secondary education):

  • Completion of grades 10, 11, and 12 English, in sequence, as part of three full academic years in a high school using provincially-accredited Canadian or state-accredited U.S. curriculum with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30 and English Language Arts B30, or equivalent. English as a Second Language courses will not be considered.

Completion of studies at an English-speaking post-secondary school:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of two years from an accredited program at a recognized institution or a combination of accredited programs at institutions recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where English is the official language of instruction and examination with a grade point average of 60% or equivalent.

If one of the above requirements is not met, evidence of one of the following English proficiency tests meeting the specified exam standards must be submitted:

International Language Testing Source – Academic Version (IELTS-AC)

  • Overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)

  • Minimum score of 4.5 in each of Listening and Reading, and a minimum score of 4.0 in each of Speaking and Writing

Michener English Language Assessment (MELA)

  • Minimum score of 8 in each of Reading, Listening and Speaking, and a minimum score of 7 in Writing

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Overall score of 94-101 with a minimum score of 23 in Speaking, a minimum score of 24 in each of Listening and Reading, and a minimum score of 27 in Writing
 

Program head approval is required for all Literacy and Adult Education programming other than the Adult 12 program.