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English Proficiency

English is the language of instruction in all programs at SAIT and is the common language for business in Alberta. Applicants must meet the minimum English Language Arts admission requirement for the program they apply to, and demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission.

Applicants can demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

a) Complete three years of full-time instruction in the English language, with a minimum of 12 hours instruction per week. 

  • You must provide high school or post-secondary transcripts to demonstrate this requirement.
  • If you were educated outside of Canada, you will require a document assessment.

b) Successfully complete assessment testing in one of the following:


Please note: All tests below are valid for a one year period from the date of issue of the test.

Minimum test score for programs requiring English Language Arts 30-1

Assessment Test English Language Arts 30-1
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- must be the academic assessment
6.0 in each skill/category
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) 60 overall band

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Internet Based Testing (IBT)

Destination Institution code for SAIT: 0849

Overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 20 in each category

Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) Score of 8 in each section

Respiratory Therapy program
All applicants who have English as an additional language must achieve level 9 in all categories of the Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (ELPTA) to qualify for admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.

Minimum test score for programs requiring English Language Arts 20-1

Assessment Test English Language Arts 20-1
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- must be the academic assessment
5.5 in each skill/category
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) 50 overall band

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Internet Based Testing (IBT)

Destination Institution code for SAIT: 0849

Overall score of 72, with a minimum score of 18 in each category

Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) Score of 7 in each section

c) Successfully complete the English Language Foundations (ELF) program at SAIT

  • Complete COMN 155 and SPCH 155 or COMM 188 and SPCH 188 courses to meet proficiency for programs with an English Language Arts 30-1 requirement.
  • Complete COMN 154 and SPCH 154 or COMM 186 and SPCH 186 (ELF level 4) courses meet proficiency for programs with an English Language Arts 20-1 requirement.

Document assessments for students educated outside of Canada

If you were educated outside of Canada, you can demonstrate completion of three years of full-time instruction in the English language by providing one of the following: