English Language Proficiency
The official language of instruction at NAIT is English. As such, you will need to meet certain English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for admission and to be successful in your studies.
The following details the ways through which you can prove your English proficiency meets NAIT requirements.
Previous academic study
Official transcripts showing previous academic studies in English must be submitted along with your application.
If you have completed 3 years of full-time consecutive academic studies where the language of instruction was in English - excluding English as a Second Language (ESL) courses - from a country not included on the Exempt Country list, then additional information is required.
Download the list of exempted countries for the 2019-20 admissions cycle (pdf)
Full-time study for English Language Proficiency purposes is defined as successfully completing 3 courses per term for 6 terms over a span of 3 years.
Current Alberta high school students can request official transcripts and detailed academic reports to use as a proof of enrolment, or a myPass Letter through myPass. These documents can be used to prove ELP.
High school students who submit a proof of enrolment for English 30-1 or 30-2 can receive conditional acceptance based on completion of English 20-1 (or provincial equivalent) with a minimum grade of 70% or English 20-2 (or provincial equivalent) with a minimum grade of 75%.
For the September 2019, January 2020, and May 2020 intakes ONLY, ELP can be granted through a letter submission if:
- The letter shows the actual start and end dates of study and indicate completion of study for 3 or more consecutive years
- The letter is on official educational institution letterhead
- The letter is be signed and dated by an official at the educational institute
Effective October 1, 2019, for the Fall 2020 intake onward: for education completed outside of Canada, NAIT will no longer accept letters indicating that English is the language of instruction in order to meet English Language Proficiency requirements.
If you completed three years of full-time consecutive academic studies (excluding ESL courses) where the language of instruction was in English from a country included on the Exempt Country list above, you may choose to submit a letter from your educational institute (with the same requirements as above) in lieu of submitting transcripts to meet the English Language Proficiency guidelines.
English Language Arts completion
Certain English Language Arts courses completed within Canada can satisfy NAIT’s English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements.
If you are applying to a NAIT credit program with a start date of Fall 2020 or later, the following courses can be used to prove ELP:
- English Language Arts 30-1 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of 65%
- One university-level English Course (3 credits) with a minimum grade of 65%
- One Grade 12 AP English course with a minimum grade of 65%
- English Language Arts 30-2 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of 70%
- 2 CEGEP English 603/604 courses with a minimum grade of 65% (Quebec Students)
Read more about provincial equivalences to English Language Arts Requirements
Please note: The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to request additional proof of English Language Proficiency through your MyNAIT Portal.
Formal assessment (ESL examination)
If you are unable to meet the English Language Proficiency requirement through proof of previous academic study, a formal assessment is required. Exams are valid for 2 years after the test date.
Accepted exams and scores vary by program. Visit your program page to see the accepted exams and required scores for applicants without 3 years of consecutive, full-time academic study where the language of instruction was in English.
Learn more about NAIT's English Language Proficiency test
English as a Second Language learning options
Need to brush up on your English language skills before you apply to NAIT? Explore our English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and courses.