English Language Requirement
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 your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. These skills are required to be successful in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.
Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency requirements.
Refer to our English Language Proficiency Requirements (pdf) chart for details, including IELTS.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's English for Academic Purposes program will help strengthen your skills in a culture of communication that goes beyond speaking and writing, in the following courses:
English for Academic Purposes Program
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's English for Academic Purposes program will help strengthen your skills in a culture of communication that goes beyond speaking and writing. International students needing to increase their language levels before entering a post-secondary program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic can enroll in the following courses.
English for Success Level 1
Students will develop the language skills necessary to move from IELTS 5.5 to IELTS 6.0 (or equivalents) during this 300-hour course (15 weeks; 20 hours per week). The skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking will be developed with language from topics in the following areas:
1. Understanding Canadian culture - holidays, customs, dress/appearance, eating habits, blended families, time-bound culture, etc.
2. Understanding industry-specific culture - dress, policies, safety, language, mannerisms, protocols, confidentiality, etc.
3. Understanding employment culture - labour laws, punctuality, management structure, initiative, conflict resolution, team work, religious beliefs, etc.
English for Success Level 2
Students will advance from IELTS 6.0 to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalents) during this 300-hour course (15 weeks; 20 hours per week), by developing more advanced reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through the use of language in topics introduced in English for Success Level 1:
1. Understanding Canadian culture
2. Understanding industry-specific culture
3. Understanding employment culture
4. Applying post-secondary success techniques
Successful completion of English for Success Level 2 meets the English language entrance requirements to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's post-secondary programs.
English for Success Level 1 and Level 2 will be offered beginning in September 2019, January 2020, and May 2020 at Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and Regina Campuses.
Tuition: $4100 (per course)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module
Achieving the required minimum scores through an IELTS Academic Module assessment is one of several ways that applicants may satisfy Saskatchewan Polytechnic's English language proficiency requirement.
IELTS test results remain current for Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs for a period of two years.
If you receive a letter from Registration Services in response to your application, indicating that Saskatchewan Polytechnic's English language proficiency requirement is outstanding, you are eligible for a Saskatchewan Polytechnic IELTS assessment. Your letter will provide you with the relevant contact information needed to book your assessment appointment. Assessments are conducted at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus, in accordance with the IELTS assessment schedules for Regina and Saskatoon. Applicants to any of our four Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses may use this service.
Once you receive your letter and decide to book an assessment, you must download and complete a copy of the IELTS Application Form. (Alternatively, you may pick up a copy of the application form from Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. or Regina Campus. Prepare your passport photos, payment, and identification (e.g., passport, permanent resident card) as required by IELTS. You cannot use a driver's license as identification. You must bring all items with you to your appointment.
Consult the IELTS site for additional valuable information and practice materials. If you have any questions for Saskatchewan Polytechnic before booking an assessment you can call us toll-free at 1-866-467-4278.
Applicants who are not successful in achieving required minimum scores may re-write the test at any time. However, you are advised to consult the IELTS site concerning re-write recommendations. Applicants must re-write all (4) test segments, not only the segment(s) wherein a required minimum was not met. Test segment scores cannot be combined.
Assessment results are the property of IELTS and the test-takers. Results for assessments conducted at Saskatchewan Polytechnic are submitted to us by IELTS on the 13th day following the assessment. You may request that we release your results to third parties, in accordance with IELTS policy.