English Language Proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency, which will enable them to succeed in their university studies.  Proficiency must be demonstrated regardless of citizenship or country of origin.

Applicants with three years of formal, full-time studies in English at the secondary or post-secondary level in any of the below countries meet English Language Proficiency requirements automatically:

American Samoa


Grenada Mauritius South Africa Turks and Caicos Islands
Anguilla Cayman Islands Guam Montserrat St. Helena Uganda
Antigua and Barbuda Dominica Guyana New Zealand St. Kitts and Nevis United Kingdom
Australia England Ireland (republic of) Nigeria St. Vincent and Grenadines United States of America
Bahamas Falkland Islands Jamaica Northern Ireland Scotland US Virgin Islands
Belize Gambia Kenya Puerto Rico Suriname Wales
Bermuda Ghana Liberia Sierra Leone Tanzania Zambia
British Virgin Islands Gibraltar Malta Singapore Trinidad and Tobago  

*excluding applicants from Francophone schools

All other applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency any of the following ways:

60% on the Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 diploma exam (not the blended grade), or 60% in Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 (blended grade), or the equivalent course from another Canadian province.

AP and IB Courses

  • Advanced Placement (AP) English with a grade of 4.0.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) high level English with a minimum grade of 5.0.

Transfer Courses

For applicants applying from another post-secondary institution.

  • ENGL 214 or 215 (or equivalent – view online course descriptions here) with a minimum grade of C (Alpha 4.00 scale), or B- for B.Ed. applicants.
  • A passing grade in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program which is accepted as a means of satisfying English Language Proficiency by another recognized Canadian university, and whose English Language Proficiency requirement is at least as demanding as that of The King’s University.

Standardized Exams

For students who have written or plan to write a standardized exam.

  • IELTS Academic module with an overall score of 6.5, minimum of 5.0 on each band.
  • TOEFL iBT with an overall score of 86, minimum score of 21 on each section.
    • TOEFL revised Paper-Delivered Test with an overall score of 64, minimum score of 21 on each section.
    • *TOEFL exams must be written within the past 2 years. The King's University TOEFL code is 9232.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) with an overall score of at least 59.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) with a minimum score of 70.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a score of 90.
  • SATs written after March 2016 with a 610 on the reading and writing section (if written before 2016, 550 is needed on the reading and writing section).

For applicants who do not meet the ELP requirements with the above methods, please see below to determine if you may be eligible for alternative admission.

The King’s University Administered English Language Studies Assessment Test (ELSAT) may be an option for applicants already in Edmonton if:

  • You are a mature applicant (over the age of 21)
  • You are a high school applicant who was homeschooled

    Please note there is a $25 fee to write the ELSAT and it must be scheduled in advance. Applicants must have already submitted an application before they are eligible to write the ELSAT.

Post-Secondary English at King's (PEAK)

Applicants who have written a standardized test listed above (including the ELSAT) but do not meet the required scores may be eligible for Blended PEAK. Scores for admission to Blended PEAK:

  • IELTS Academic Module: 5.5 overall with no lower than 5.0 on each band.
  • TOEFL iBT: 51-85 overall
  • Pearson Test of English: 51-58
  • CAEL 50-59
  • SAT with 445-610 on the Reading and Writing section (if written before 2016, 400-550 is needed on the reading and writing section).
  • ELSAT: intermediate score

The PEAK program is designed for Canadian and international students who already have intermediate to advanced proficiency in English to obtain the knowledge and experience necessary to excel in post-secondary education and life in Canada. Applicants admitted to Blended PEAK will simultaneously complete three introductory university courses within a degree program at King's.

Upon the successful completion of the Blended PEAK program, students are admissible into full-time study at King’s. Students are assessed for full-time study at the end of each semester of the Blended PEAK program.

PEAK Courses

PEAK 105/115 – PEAK 105 is an intermediate level course offered in the Fall semester, and PEAK 115 is the advanced level course offered in the Winter semester. PEAK courses emphasize writing and researching, with a focus on the following topics:

  • Thesis statements and paragraph structure, including grammar and mechanics.
  • Writing introductions and conclusions with a focus on transitions.
  • Research essays using the Modern Language Association (MLA) style guidelines.
  • Essay structure explored through three essay assignments: expository, persuasion and comparison and contrast.
  • Inference, plot conventions and figurative language explored through a novel study.
  • Creative writing.