English Proficiency

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


English proficiency can be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

Canadian High School Courses

For students currently in high school or students under 21 years of age with no previous post-secondary education.

  • 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 5.0.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) high level English with a minimum grade of 6.0.

Mature Students

For applicants over 21 years of age.

  • Three years of formal, full-time study in a Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution with accepted English proficiency or a similar institution outside Canada approved by King’s.
  • Three years of full-time study in the United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand are considered equivalent.

Transfer Courses

For applicants applying from another post-secondary institution.

  • ENGL 214 or 215 (or equivalent) with a grade of B- (Alpha 4.00 scale).
  • 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.

  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) with a minimum score of 70.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module with a score of 6.5, 5.0 on each band.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a score of 90.
  • Completion of the ASPECT program to level 7.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) with an overall score of at least 59.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    • Paper-based score: 580 (or 570 accompanied by a Test of Written English [TWE] score of 4).
    • Computer-based score: 237 (0r 230 accompanied by an essay rating of 4).
    • Internet-based score: 86, with a minimum score of 21 on each of the four tested areas.
    • Revised Paper-delivered Test score: 64 with no section below 21.
    • *TOEFL exams must be written within the past 2 years.

King’s Administered English Language Studies Assessment Test (ELSAT)

Must be written on-campus.

  • King’s administered English Language Studies Assessment Test with an acceptable score

Post-Secondary English at King's

The Post-Secondary English (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. The PEAK program cannot be taken alone; students enrolled in the PEAK program must also be admitted into a degree program at King's. Admission into the PEAK program may be offered to students who are close to meeting the full standard English Proficiency requirements, listed above.

Blended PEAK Program

King's offers a Blended PEAK program, which consists of both university courses and PEAK courses. Students will take 3 courses (9.5 credits) of university courses per term along with 9 hours of English Language Study per week. Upon the successful completion of the Blended PEAK program, students are admissible into full-time university 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 3 essay assignments: Expository, Persuasion and Compare and Contrast 
  • Inference, plot conventions and figurative language explored through a novel study
  • Creative writing