English Language Proficiency

The English language proficiency (ELP) requirement applies to applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin.

Proof of English language proficiency must be provided by an applicant prior to an offer of admission into a program. Acceptable forms of ELP must include competencies in reading, writing, listening, and spoken English proficiency. Each competency must have been completed within two years prior to application to a program. An offer of admission may be made once the applicant meets the acceptable ELP scores for the program to which he or she is seeking admission.

ELP requirements are set for each program at a level to ensure success in that particular program. Acceptable evidence of ELP may be obtained through any one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • CLBA (Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
  • CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program)
  • Other ELP test as deemed acceptable by the Office of the Registrar
  • NorQuest ESLS/ESLW courses may be acceptable by some programs. Please refer to the program admission requirements for more information.

Please refer to the program admission requirements for your program of choice to see whether ELP is an admission requirement and what scores are acceptable. For information regarding the ELP submission methods, please refer to English Language Proficiency (ELP).

Applicants have the right to appeal if they are dissatisfied with an ELP admission decision.

Applicants may also be granted a waiver of ELP if they meet very specific criteria. To see what documents are required and what countries may be ELP exempt, refer to the: