Language Proficiency Testing

Base requirements for language proficiency and our recommendations based on industry standards, that you will be required to meet

Language examinationStandard passing scoreRAC requirements
Test Of English as Foreign Language computer-based exam (TOEFL iBT)53-10065-100
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 5-86-8
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment50-7055-75
Cambridge English examsCAE-C,CAE-B,CPE-CCAE-B, CPE-C
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)7-98-9
The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELA)80-9282-92
CanTEST4.55.5

Each institution has the ability to determine its own academic admission requirements, including setting minimum levels of English language proficiency for entrance requirements. There are no system or program-wide requirements for English language proficiency for post-secondary institutions.

The Ministry expects that institutions will set language requirements at levels that meet accepted industry standards and practices and ensure international students can be successful in their program of study. Therefore the Royal Alberta College elects to undertake several methods to assure that we are accepting high quality of students that are fluent in the needed English skills. 

The Royal Alberta College Board of Governors understand that the cost(s) for language proficiency testing is substantial outside of Canada. These costs are increased further as most schools in Canada have hired agencies that require students to pay them for their language testing services.

The Royal Alberta College does not use recruiters; and we are the only post-secondary institution in Canada to have an admissions centre in India.

We did this for several reasons: Firstly, to allow students and their parents to have a direct dialogue with the college instead of connecting through a recruiter, therefore providing parents and applicants an opportunity to ask questions directly to the admission centre and get a response in a timely manner, whereas other schools do not have this ability to communicate with families of students.This program will reduce the classroom ration of teachers to students by providing qualified and capable assistants that also can offer further assistance to newcomers and recently settled immigrants in Alberta.

Secondly, the centre in India was opened to help applicants save money in their admissions. Royal Alberta College has implemented another process that will not require prospective students to take language proficiency tests from independent testing facilities in India, that are profited from recruiting agencies. Our system has been created by Alberta Certified Teachers. THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT TO AFFIRM THAT THE APPLICANT CAN READ, WRITE AND SPEAK THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE FLUENTLY.  

The Royal Alberta Colleges English Proficiency Assessment options are
The essay will answer the following questions

Within this program, the course curriculum is delivered entirely in English, yet the focus is for those students that  have working knowledge of other languages other than English as their primary language, the preferable secondary languages include, yet are not limited to (not listed in particular order)

The following grading criteria will be applied for the essay and interviews: