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
General English Language Proficiency Advanced English Language Proficiency
(Aviation Management, Child and Youth Care Counsellor, Nursing (*see note), Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physical Therapist Assistant, Paramedic, Practical Nurse, Social Work, Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant)
Advance Placement Coursework AP English with a 4 or better 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 Score of 8 when completed with a LINC program (not accepted for Paramedic, Aviation, Practical Nurse or the Collaborative Nursing Program)
CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency) 180
Duolingo
105 120
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
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 Language -paper-base) 550 Not accepted
TOFEL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – internet based) 79 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


Applicants who’ve completed the AB, IB or GCE curriculums in English, or who’ve completed three full-time years of education in English in an English language proficiency exempt country (see below) may be exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency.

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • British Honduras
  • Brunei
  • Cayman Islands
  • England
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Island
  • Panama Canal Zone
  • Puerto Rico
  • Ryukyu Islands
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • St. Helena
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Scotland
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Island
  • Uganda
  • United States of America
  • Virgin Islands
  • United Kingdom (see England, Wales, Scotland)
  • Wales
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe