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English Language Proficiency Requirements

There are multiple methods for international applicants to demonstrate their English language proficiency in order to be admitted into RDC. 

*Scroll to the bottom of this page for the Health Care Aide, English Language Proficiency requirements.  


Method 1 | SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THREE YEARS OF FULL-TIME EDUCATION IN ENGLISH, AT THE SECONDARY OR POST-SECONDARY LEVEL 

International applicants may demonstrate their English language proficiency by providing evidence that they have successfully completed three years of full-time education in English, at the secondary or post-secondary level. This may include:  

Methods ELP Demonstration  

Documentation Required to Verify  

Completed within Canada including the grade 12 year 

Official high school transcript

Completed in another country (see chart) where English is recognized as an official language of instruction and it is noted on the official transcript 

Official transcript or WAEC or NECO results  

Completed at a recognized school or institution which uses English as the primary language of instruction 

Official transcript or a letter on institutional letterhead stating the program was English-medium or that English is the language of instruction

Important Note: 
The Office of the Registrar is able to review your “unofficial” or scanned documents in order to admit you to a program and provide a Letter of Acceptance; however, you must provide official documentation to the Office of the Registrar prior to the first day of classes. This is a vital step in the admission process and you will not be granted “clear” admission until this step has been completed. 


Method 2 | SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ONE OF THE RECOGNIZED ENGLISH LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TESTS

International applicants may demonstrate their English language proficiency by completing one of the recognized English Language Placement Tests described in the table below and achieving the minimum required scores.  

Program 

TOEFL (overall score) 

IELTS* Academic (overall score) 

*RDC will continue to accept IELTS Indicator where IELTS is not available in person.  

CAEL 
(overall score)

*CAEL Online will also be accepted.

MELAB 
(overall score) 

PTE 
(overall score) 

Duolingo English Test 

  

All other programs 

83 iBT 
557PBT 

6.5 with at least 5.5 on each band score 

60 with at least 55 on each band score 

77 with at least 72 on each band score 

59 with at least 56 on each band score 

115 

Early Learning and Childcare 

N/A 

6.5 with at least 6.0 on each band score 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

115 

Pharmacy Technician 

91 iBT 
577 PBT 

6.5 with at least 6.0 on each band score 

N/A 

81 with at least a 75 on each band score 

N/A 

N/A 

Bachelor of Science Nursing / Practical Nurse 

92 iBT 
580 PBT 

7.0 with at least 6.5 on each band score 

70 with at least 65 on each band score 

82 with at least a 76 on each band score 

67 

115 

Bachelor of Education 

100 iBt 
600 PBT 

8.0 with at least 7.5 on each band score 

80 with at least 75 on each band score 

84 with at least 78 on each band score 

76 

115 

 

Methods ELP Demonstration  

Documentation Required to Verify  

Any of the English Language Placement Tests included in chart above 

Test results mailed or emailed directly to the Office of the Registrar or admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

 from IELTS, Duolingo, TOEFL, etc.


Method 3 | COMPLETION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-1 OR EQUIVALENT WITH A MINIMUM GRADE OF 60% 

International applicants may demonstrate their English language proficiency by providing evidence that they have completed English Language Arts 30-1 or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60%. 

Methods ELP Demonstration  

Documentation Required to Verify  

Completion of English Language Arts 30-1 or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60% 

Official transcripts or WAEC or NECO results

Other English Language Proficiency information:  

  • You can take CAEL testing at RDC. For more information and to book your test click here
  • Applicants to the Pharmacy Technician Programmust also meet the language proficiency requirements of National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities. 
  • Applicants applying to the Academic Upgrading and Transitional Vocational programs are not required to demonstrate English language proficiency at the levels noted for credit programs. Placement assessments are used for admission to these programs. Equivalent English Language Arts 30-1 courses are available through the Academic Upgrading program. 
  • Applicants must also meet all other program admission requirements including the English course and minimum grade required for the program. 
  • Enrolment in English as a Second Language (ESL) course or programs will not be included in the calculation of three years of full time study. Enrolment must be in a regular high school or post-secondary credit program. 

 

*HEALTH CARE AIDE | ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

Candidates where English is a Second Language (ESL) must meet the English Language Proficiency requirement in addition to the Academic English requirement.  Equivalencies are as follows:

  • Required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of a minimum of 7 in each of the 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and not an average of 7; OR
  • By completing high school in Canada.  Students must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school (grades 9,10, 11,12) with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study; OR
  • By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada.  The program must have involved at least two full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.

Approved English Proficiency Tests

Tests benchmarked at a CLB 7 for all language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).  Official results must be submitted directly to the PSI.

1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6 (no section score below 5.5);

2. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Testing (TOEFL iBT):  71;

3. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General: 7 (with no section score below 6); and

4. Canadian Language Benchmarks/Milestone Test (7 in each strand, not an average of 7).

Notes

Test Currency:  results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of the program.

Test Validity:  IELTS (Academic) and TOEFL results are valid for two years from the day of testing.  Results that expire prior to the Start Date of the program will not be accepted.

 

 

 

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