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At SAIT, English Language Arts admission requirements for the programs you apply to must demonstrate English language proficiency. English is the language of instruction for all programs at SAIT and is the most common language used in business in Alberta.  

SAIT has the right to use discretion in determining adequate levels of English language proficiency to ensure an applicant’s success in the program.

You must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

1. Submit official transcripts or a completed international document assessment verifying completion of: 

  • At least three years of full-time study taught in English – a minimum of 12 hours per week at an English speaking secondary school; or
  • At least two years of post-secondary education taught in English at a recognized institution; or
  • Successful completion of a recognized credential from a SAIT-approved post-secondary institution – program must have been taught in English.

2. Successfully complete a post-secondary credit course in English, comparative literature or communications or equivalent at SAIT or a recognized post-secondary institution – minimum “C” grade required.

3. Achieve the applicable score on an English assessment test – the test score must be within one year prior to the date you submit your application.

4. Successfully complete the English Language Foundations (ELF) program

  • COMN 155 and SPCH 155 meet proficiency for programs requiring English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • COMN 154 and SPCH 154 meet proficiency for programs requiring English Language Arts 20-1 or 20-2

5. Successfully complete one of the recognized alternatives to our English Language Foundations program listed below.

ANNE'S Language House
  • General English 4 (GE4) - must achieve at least 80% in the level exit test to be granted 65% in English Language Arts 20-1
  • General English 5 (GE5) - must achieve at least 80% in the level exit test to be granted 65% in English Language Arts 30-1
Bow Valley College
  • English for Academic Purposes — must achieve a B or 73% to be granted 65% in English 30-1
Centre for English Studies
  • English for Academic Purposes — must achieve 70% to 79% to be granted 70% in English Language Arts 20-1
  • English Academic Purposes — must achieve 80% or higher to be granted 70% in English Language Arts 30-1
Chinook College
  • Accelerated Academic Preparation 2 — must achieve 75% to be granted 65% in English Language Arts 30-1
English School of Canada
  • University/College Transfer Program (UCTP) — must achieve between 70% and 79% in both Integrated Skills and Writing to be granted 70% in English Language Arts 30-1.
  • University/College Transfer Program (UCTP) — must achieve an 80% or higher in both Integrated Skills and Writing to be granted 75% in English Language Arts 30-1.
GEOS Language Plus
  • Level 5 — must achieve 80% to be granted 70% in English Language Arts 20-1
  • Level 6 — must achieve 80% to be granted *70% in English Language Arts 30-1
  • English for Academic Purposes 2 — must achieve 80% to be granted *70% in English Language Arts 30-1

*Applicants to our bachelor programs must successfully complete English for Academic Purposes 2.

Global Village English Centres (Canadian offices only)
  • GV6 — must achieve 73% to be granted 65% in English Language Arts 30-1
  • GV7 — must achieve 73% to be granted 75% in English Language Arts 30-1
ILSC Education Group
  • Intermediate 4 — must achieve 70% to be granted 70% in English Language Arts 20-1
  • Advanced 1 — must achieve 70% to be granted *65% in English Language Arts 30-1
  • Advanced 2 — must achieve 70% to be granted *75% in English Language Arts 30-1

*Applicants to our bachelor programs must successfully complete the Advanced 2 pathway.

International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC)
  • Pathway 3.2 — must achieve 75% to be granted *65% in English Language Arts 30-1
  • Pathway 3.3 — must achieve 75% to be granted *70% in English Language Arts 30-1

*Applicants to our bachelor programs must successfully complete the 3.3 pathway.

Quest Language Studies
  • Academic Pathway Program — must achieve an exit test score between 60% and 73% to be granted 70% in English Language Arts 20-1.
  • Academic Pathway Program — must achieve an exit test score of at least 74% to be granted 70% in English Language Arts 30-1.
Royal Canadian Institute of International Studies (RIICS)
  • English for Academic Purposes pathway program — must achieve at least 70-74% and final exam mark of 6.5 to be granted 65% in English Language Arts 20-1.
  • English for Academic Purposes program — must achieve at least 75% and final exam mark of 6.5 to be granted 65% in English Language Arts 30-1.
Solomon College
  • ESL Intermediate 2 — must achieve CLB 7-C in all areas — number grade at least 70% — to be granted 65% in English Language Arts 20-1.
  • ESL Advanced — must achieve CLB 8-C in all areas — number grade at least 70% — to be granted 65% in English Language Arts 30-1.
Stafford House International
  • Academic College Preparation Program (Level 5 — Upper Intermediate) — must achieve at least 80% to be granted 75% in English Language Arts 20-1.
  • Academic College Preparation Program (Level 6 — Advanced) — must achieve at least 80% to be granted 75% in English Language Arts 30-1.
  • Academic College Preparation Program (Level 7 — Proficient) — must achieve at least 80% to be granted 80% in English Language Arts 30-1.
St. George International College (SGIC)
  • University/College Preparation Program — must achieve between 65 and 69% to be granted 70% in English Language Arts 20-1.
  • University/College Preparation Program — must achieve at least 70% to be granted 70% in English Language Arts 30-1.
Tamwood International College
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 192 – must achieve 68% to be granted 60% in English 20-1
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 193 – must achieve 68% to be granted 60% in English 30-1
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 194 – must achieve 68% to be granted 65% in English 30-1

Assessment tests

In order to accept one of the below exams, you must apply for a SAIT program within one year of the date the score is issued.

Note: This policy is in place for programs starting July 2022 or later. Applications for earlier start dates must be submitted within two years from the date the score is issued.

Assessment test Test score Program requirement

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS Indicator is also accepted

Must be the Academic IELTS Assessment

6.0 in each skill/category English Language Arts 30-1 or 30.2
5.5 in each skill/category English Language Arts 20-1 or 20-2

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

CAEL Online is also accepted

60 overall band English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
50 overall band English Language Arts 20-1 or 20-2

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL Home Edition is also accepted

MyBest Scores are not accepted as proof of English proficiency

A minimum score of 20 in each category English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
A minimum score of 18 in each category English Language Arts 20-1 or 20-2
Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) A score of 8 in each section English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
A score of 7 in each section English Language Arts 20-1 or 20-2
Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum score of 53 English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
Michigan English Language Assessment (MELAB) A minimum score of 76 English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
Duolingo

105 minimum

*115 overall minimum with at least 95 in each section

English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

*Minimum score required for programs beginning July 1, 2022 or later.

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 (ELTPA) to qualify for admission to the  Respiratory Therapy program.

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