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 high school transcripts and detailed academic reports which can be used as a proof of enrolment, or a myPass Letter through myPass. These documents can be used to prove ELP.
The letter must show the actual start and end dates of study and indicate completion of study for 3 or more consecutive years
The letter must be on official educational institution letterhead
The letter must be signed and dated by an official at the educational institute
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 30-1 completion
If you have successfully completed English Language Arts 30-1 or an equivalent course within Canada with a minimum grade of 75%, you will satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirements.
One university level English course (3 credits) with a minimum grade of 75% or an AP English course with a minimum grade of 65% may be used as a substitute. English Language Arts 30-2 (or an equivalent course), or any equivalency testing cannot be used in lieu of English Language Proficiency.
Read more about provincial equivalences to English Language Arts 30-1
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.
Take your first step to academic success with NAIT's ESL classes.