English Language Proficiency

Olds College classes are instructed in English. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate they have completed at least three years of academic study conducted completely in the English language. Any applicant who does not meet this requirement must demonstrate language proficiency through successful completion of a recognized English language assessment test dated within two years of submitting an application to Olds College.

English language assessments recognized by Olds College are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    Score of at least 80 (IBT - internet based test) or 550 (PBT - paper based test)
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  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    Overall Band score of at least 6.0 with no Band below 5.5 (must be the Academic Assessment and not the General Training assessment).
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  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
    Score of at least 60.
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  • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA)
    Score of at least 8.0.
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  • Pearson Test of English (Academic)
    Score of at least 55.
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Please note that if your native language is English, you will not need to submit proof of English Language Proficiency. However, if there are two or more official languages in your country of origin, you will need to send electronic copies of your original transcripts in English including a note saying that the instruction was conducted completely in the English language. If it is not possible to include that note in your transcripts, an official letter from your educational institution stating that aspect is also valid.