English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Applicants whose first language is not English, and those from countries where the language of instruction is not in English, will need to provide proof of English Language Proficiency (ELP). Applicants from countries where English is the official language of instruction may be exempt from ELP. View the ELP Exempt Countries Chart (71K pdf) to see if your country qualifies for exemption.

The ELP covers English reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Each program has an ELP requirement of what your language level needs to be to ensure your success in your chosen program.

If an ELP test is required from you, it must have been completed within two years prior to the start of your program. View your program's admission requirements to see what ELP tests are acceptable. 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 Academic (International English Language Testing System)
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
  • CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)
  • CELPIP General (The Canadian English Language Test)
  • Other ELP test as deemed acceptable by the Office of the Registrar

Submission of ELP Results

NorQuest College requires official ELP results to be submitted directly from the test provider, with the exception of some official test scores which are available online.

For more information refer to the following chart:

Type of Test Acceptable Forms Submission Method
CLBA Original only Results need to be dropped off in person at our Client Services Centre.
IELTS Academic Scores will be verified through the IELTS online verification system. Test report form number must be sent by email to admissions@norquest.ca.
TOEFL Scores will be verified through the ETS online verification system. Test date must be sent by email to admissions@norquest.ca.
CELPIP General Original 

Photocopies only acceptable when the test was taken at NorQuest.
When tested at NorQuest, photocopy results can be dropped off in person at our Client Services Centre or sent by email to admissions@norquest.ca.

When tested outside NorQuest, originals must be dropped off in person at our Client Services Centre.

All other acceptable ELP tests not mentioned above must come direct from the issuing agency.

Ensure the required documentation is mailed to:

NorQuest College
Admissions and Transfer Credit Unit
Office of the Registrar
10215 108 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  T5J 1L6

Note: ELP is not the same as English academics. English academic curriculum covers six language arts:

  • listening
  • speaking
  • reading
  • writing
  • viewing and
  • representing.

Students read, write, and study essays, novels, and poetry expressing their opinions and sharing their perspectives by becoming critical thinkers.

Meeting the ELP requirement does not exempt you from meeting the English academic course work required for the program and, furthermore, having taken compulsory English courses as part of your studies may not exempt you from providing an ELP. Our request for ELP depends upon your individual circumstances and/or the primary language of instruction used in the country in which your previous education was completed.

NorQuest’s ~~~[ESLINT]~~~ courses can be used to meet  ELP requirements for NorQuest programs (with the exception of ~~~[PT]~~~). The specific courses required to meet the ELP requirements are listed on each program under Admission Requirements. 

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