Courses at Bow Valley College are primarily taught in Canadian English. To qualify for admission, learners must demonstrate their language proficiency, typically through their high school or college/university transcripts, or through a test of English language proficiency, depending on the individual program.

Open the drop-down items below to check the requirements for your specific program of interest.

Duolingo Language Test

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting temporary closure of many IELTS testing centres around the world, Bow Valley College is making an addition to the English language requirement options for admission to post-secondary programs.

Effective immediately for the Spring 2021, Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 intakes, Bow Valley College will accept the Duolingo Language Test with scores at or above the following levels:

IELTS Score Duolingo Score BVC Program
 6.0 95 - 100  Most programs*
 5.5 85 - 90 Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate
 Minimum band score of 5.0 75 - 80 Health Care Aide for English Language Learners

*Except Pharmacy Technician Diploma, Practical Nurse Diploma, and Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate. 

You can take the test here: englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants

SAIT

SAIT graduates who complete SAIT’s English Language Foundations (ELF) Level 5 (Communications 5 - COMN155 and Speech 5 - SPCH 155) with a minimum mark 75% or B will be recognized as satisfying English language proficiency requirements for the purposes of admission to a BVC program.*

SAIT ELF Level 5 students can also present a COMN 155 score + a CLBA 8 test score in lieu of SPCH 155 or present SPCH 155 score and a CLBA 8 test score in lieu of COMN 155.

*Except the Pharmacy Technician Diploma and Health Care Aide Certificate program.

Requirements By Program

The English proficiency requirements listed in this section applies to all post-secondary programs, except Health Care Aide Certificate, Pharmacy Technician Diploma, Practical Nurse Diploma, and Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate. 

Results Minimum Required Score
BVC Academic English 1 Not accepted
BVC Academic English 2 Minimum grade of Grade B-
Canadian Language Benchmarks  8 in each strand (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
IELTS Academic 6.0 with minimum band score 6.0 (Winter 2020 onward)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) A 59-64
TOEFL 83

OR: Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements for the Career Program

OR: Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction. Click for more information

OR: Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

Test Validity

CLB, 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 cannot be accepted.

Official results must be submitted.

English Proficiency Tests

The English proficiency requirements for Health Care Aide Certificate are:

English Test* / Program Minimum Required Score
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 7 in each strand
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) 7 general, with no section score below 6.0
IELTS Academic 6.0 overall, with no section score below 5.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* 71

OR: Three (3) years of full-time secondary education at a Canadian high school where the primary language of instruction was English

OR: Two (2) years full-time study at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada where the primary language of instruction was English

Test Validity

English test results are valid for two years from the day of testing.

Results that expire prior to the start date of the program cannot be accepted.

Official results must be submitted.

English Proficiency Tests

The English proficiency requirements for Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate are:

English Test* / Program Minimum Required Score
BVC Academic English 1 Minimum grade of Grade B-
Canadian Language Benchmarks 7 in each strand
IELTS Academic 5.5 with minimum band score of 5.0
PTE A (Pearson Test of English) 42-50
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 71

OR: Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements for the Career Program

OR: Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

OR: Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

Test Validity

CLB, 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 cannot be accepted.

Official results must be submitted.

English Proficiency Tests

Proof of English Proficiency is required for all Pharmacy Technician Diploma applicants who have:

  • Graduated from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English courses/credit

OR

  • Completed an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, where instruction was provided in English

The English proficiency requirements listed in this section apply to the Pharmacy Technician Diploma program only.

English Test* / Program Minimum Required Score
BVC Academic English 1
Not accepted
BVC Academic English 2 Not accepted
Canadian Language Benchmarks
Not accepted
CanTEST
Minimum score of 4.5 in speaking, 4.0 in writing,
4.5 in reading, and 4.5 in listening
IELTS Academic 6.5 with minimum band score of 6.0
MELAB*
Overall score of 81, with a minimum score of 3+ in speaking,
80 in writing, 83 in reading, and 80 in listening
PTE A (Pearson Test of English) Not accepted
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 91 with minimum scores, Listening - 21, Reading - 22,
Writing – 25, and Speaking -23

Test Validity

CLB, IELTS (Academic), MELAB, CanTEST, and TOEFL results are valid for two years from the day of testing.

Results that expire prior to the Start Date of the program cannot be accepted.

Official results must be submitted.

English Proficiency Tests

The English proficiency requirements listed in this section apply to the Practical Nurse Diploma and Practical Nurse for Internationally-Educated Nurses programs only.

English Test* / Program Minimum Required Score
BVC Academic English 1
Not accepted
BVC Academic English 2 Minimum Grade of B
Canadian Language Benchmarks
8  in each strand
IELTS Academic* Listening - 7.5, Reading - 6.5, Writing - 7.0, Speaking - 7.0
PTE A (Pearson Test of English)* Not accepted
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 92

OR: Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements for the Career Program

OR: Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

OR: Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

Test Validity

CLB, 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 cannot be accepted.

Official results must be submitted.

English Proficiency Tests


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