English Language Proficiency

The ELP requirement is designed to ensure that you have the best opportunity for success in your university studies. To apply to undergraduate programs you must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency (ELP) prior to admission, regardless of citizenship or country of origin. 

Your primary language is defined as the language in which you are most proficient. It is your language of instruction in the last three years of formal study as well as the language you use at home for daily written and oral communication.

If your primary language is English you meet the English language proficiency (ELP) requirement. All other applicants must demonstrate fulfillment of ELP by presenting the appropriate requirements for their program and admission intake.

MacEwan University reserves the right to use discretion to determine an applicant's language proficiency.

In addition to English language proficiency (ELP), applicants to Psychiatric Nursing must demonstrate spoken English proficiency (SEP).

 

2019/20 requirements

English language proficiency (ELP)

Applicants to Psychiatric Nursing must present one of the following to demonstrate fulfillment of English Language proficiency (ELP). Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted for admission.

English language proficiency tests

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS–Academic

Minimum overall band score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.5 in Reading and Writing, 7.0 in Speaking and 7.5 in Listening.

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Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet-Based Test (iBT)

Minimum total score of 98 and a minimum score of 21 in Reading, 27 in Writing and Listening, and 26 in Speaking. 

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Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

Minimum overall band score of 80 and minimum scores of 70 in Reading, Writing, and Speaking and 80 in Listening.

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Pearson Test of English (PTE)

PTE - Academic

Minimum overall score of 68 and a minimum score of 61 in Reading, 71 in Speaking and Writing, and 75 in Listening.

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Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cambridge English: Advanced/Proficiency

Minimum overall score of 188 and a minimum score of 180 in Reading, 188 in Speaking and Writing, and 195 in Listening.

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Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

Minimum overall score of 85 and a minimum score of 85 in GCVR and Writing, 90 in Listening, and -4 in the Speaking Test.

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Spoken English language proficiency (SEP)

Applicants to Psychiatric Nursing must present one of the following to demonstrate fulfillment of spoken English proficiency (SEP). Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted for admission.

Spoken English language proficiency tests

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS–Academic

Minimum score of 7.0 in Speaking.

Website

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet-Based Test (iBT)

Minimum score of 26 in Speaking.

WEBSITE

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

Minimum score of 70 in Speaking.

WEBSITE

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

PTE - Academic

Minimum score of 71 in Speaking.

WEBSITE

Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cambridge English: Advanced/Proficiency

Minimum score of 188 in Speaking.

WEBSITE

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

Minimum score of -4 in the Speaking Test.

WEBSITE


Based on Admissions (C5010) policy, no petitions or waivers will be considered for the Spoken English Proficiency (SEP) requirements.


 

Exemptions

An applicant who is completely bilingual and fluent in English is entitled to submit a written petition to the Office of the University Registrar providing evidence that the applicant’s English language proficiency exceeds the specified minimum levels, and requesting exemption from the English language proficiency (ELP) requirement.

If you are fully bilingual and fluent in English, your petition should detail:

  • your background;

  • your educational and personal experience with English;

  • the language of instruction throughout your schooling and the language you use at home and on a daily basis;

  • why you believe that an exception to the requirement is warranted in your situation.

Attestations from former English instructors and reports of any standardized English language proficiency tests may be supportive of your petition.

The Admissions Unit of the Office of the University Registrar will review the petition for possible waiver. A successful petition will not guarantee admission to another institution.