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English Language Proficiency Requirement

If you have not met the university's English proficiency requirements, you can still be given conditional admission to the Colleges of Arts and Science, Agriculture and Bioresources, Edwards School of Business or Engineering if you meet all other university admission requirements and enroll in the Academic English Program at the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre.

The language of instruction and examination at the University of Saskatchewan is English. In order for students to understand, communicate and be successful in programs at the university, an acceptable level of academic English is required (including written, spoken, reading and listening components).

Applicants may be required to present proof of proficiency in English, which, for admission to the 2017-2018 academic year, may be demonstrated through:

completion of high school (secondary) studies in English

  • At least 3 years of full-time study in an approved English-medium secondary program including Grades 10, 11, and 12, as well as successful completion of Grade 12 English Language Arts A30 and B30 (or equivalents)
      Students from overseas schools offering a Canadian education system curriculum in English require a minimum grade of 65% on their Grade 12 English course(s).
  • At least 2.5 years of full-time study in an approved English-medium secondary program including Grades 11 and 12, as well as successful completion of Grade 12 English Language Arts A30 and B30 (or equivalents) with minimum final grades of 70%
  • At least 2 years of full-time study in an approved English-medium secondary program including Grades 11 and 12, as well as successful completion of Grade 12 English Language Arts A30 and B30 (or equivalents) with minimum final grades of 80%

If completion of secondary standing occurred more than five years ago, additional proof of English proficiency may be required.

Saskatchewan Fransaskois and French Immersion Students: Students who attend grades 10, 11 and 12 at a Saskatchewan Fransaskois (or francophone) school or a Saskatchewan French immersion high school program and graduate with complete Grade 12 standing are not required to submit additional proof of English language proficiency.


Acceptable English language curricula

Students who have not followed one of these curricula will be required to provide another form of proof of English proficiency. This list will be updated annually as required.

  • Canadian English-medium schools
  • Overseas schools offering a Canadian education system curriculum in English
  • US regionally-accredited English medium schools
  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • India - IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) only
  • GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) O (Ordinary) Level and GCE (General Certificate of Education) A (Advanced) Levels
  • NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority)
  • Australian State Curricula or Australian Curriculum
  • CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations)
  • SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority)
  • NQAI (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland)
  • WBQ (Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification



completion of post-secondary studies in English

  • Successful completion of at least one year of full-time study in a degree program from a recognized post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction and examination
  • Successful completion of a minimum two-year diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada where English is the official language of instruction and examination
  • Successful completion of a minimum three-year diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution outside of Canada where English is the official language of instruction and examination

NOTE: The post-secondary institution must declare English to be the only language of instruction and examination throughout the institution, not just in select departments. If post-secondary study occurred more than five years ago, additional proof of English proficiency may be required.

completion of an accepted standardized test of English proficiency

Test scores must be forwarded by the testing centre directly to International Admissions no later than the deadline for receipt of documents.

TestMinimum Score Required

IELTS (Academic)
International English Language Testing System

  • Overall Band Score: 6.5
    With minimum individual scores of
    • Reading: 6
    • Listening: 6
    • Speaking: 6
    • Writing: 6

TOEFL (institutional TOEFL not accepted)
Test of English as a Foreign Language

Institution code - 0980

  • Internet Based: 86
    With minimum individual scores of
    • Reading: 19
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 19
CanTEST
Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees
  • 4.5
    With minimum individual scores of
    • Reading: 4.5
    • Listening: 4.5
    • Speaking: 4
    • Writing: 4
CAEL
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment
  • 70
    With minimum individual scores of
    • Reading: 60
    • Listening: 60
    • Speaking: 60
    • Writing: 60
MELAB
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
  • 85
    With minimum individual scores of
    • Reading: 80
    • Listening: 80
    • Speaking: >=3
    • Writing: 80

PTE Academic

Pearson Test of English Academic

  • Overall score of 63
    With minimum individual skills scores of 
    • Reading: 59 
    • Listening: 59 
    • Speaking: 59
    • Writing: 59

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

  • C with 65 score

completion of an approved English language training program

For information about English language training programs at the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre, visit learnenglish.usask.ca.

University of Saskatchewan Language Centre

  • Successful completion of U-Prep 2
  • Successful completion of U-Bridge 2

University of Regina

  • Successful completion of English as a Second Language (ESL 050) program

completion of one of the following qualifications

Required score
Advanced Placement (AP) English 4 or better
International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 Higher Level 5 or better
International Baccalaureate (IB) English B Higher Level 5 or better
GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-Level English, English Language, or English as a Second Language B or better
GCE A/AS/AICE Level English or English Language B or better

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