English Language Requirements

English language proficiency (ELP) is a requirement for any student not educated in an ELP exempt country (see list at the bottom of this page). Student should be aware that their program may also have a requirement for an Academic English or Literature requirement that is no fulfilled by completing your ELP requirement. All ELP exams must be academic and not general where applicable.

The official policy for Medicine Hat College on ELP is located in the Academic Calendar.

Students without ELP may be interested in completing English for Academic Purposes at Medicine Hat College. To find out more, please email info@mhc.ab.ca.  

NOTE: If you have completed a AP, IB or GCE curriculum, you may be exempt from ELP. Dual language countries such as Cameroon should provide documentation to show their curriculum was in English and not another language.

Name of Examination
NOTE: MHC requires Academic versions of English Language examinations
 Required Score 

MHC Paramedic, Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physical Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathology Programs &
UCalgary Nursing Degree* 

Advance Placement Coursework AP English with a 4 or better   
CAE (Cambridge English Language Assessment)
180  185 
CAEL (computer or paper based)
60 with no score below 50  Not accepted 
CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment) Score of 7 in each band  Not accepted 
CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency) 180  185
GCE Advanced Level (A or AS level), GCSE, IGCSE. B grade or better   
IB (International Baccalaureate Coursework) 

English A1, A2, A Literature, or A Language & Literature with a 5 or better; OR

IB English B with a 6 or better 
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)  6.0 with no score below 6.0
7.0 with no bands below 7.0
MELAB  80  Score of 90 with a minimum score of “3 plus” on the speaking test 
PTE (Pearson Test of English) 54  64 but students must also complete another exam with a spoken language requirement 
TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Langauge -paper-base)  550 

Not accepted

TOFEL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Langauge – internet based)
92 with a minimum of 23 in each sub-score 

*Nursing scores listed on this website are for reference only and are subject to the University of Calgary policy – click here for more information

Note: Students who have taken AP, IB or GCE curriculums should consult above to see if their coursework qualifies them for English Language proficiency. Dual language countries like Cameroon, Gambia, Canada, etc. will need to show proof of English instruction via official transcripts issued by the appropriate authority.

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