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English Proficiency

English Proficiency

If you have successfully completed Academic English preparation courses from a UCW recognized English language school, it may fulfill UCW’s English Language Proficiency requirement for admission to our programs. You will be required to present a completion certificate from the English language school demonstrating successful achievement of the required level of study. The UCW Registrar's office may contact the school to verify your results.

English is the language of instruction at University Canada West. If your first language is not English, you must submit one of the following*:


Academic IELTS or IELTS Indicator 1 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in the writing band
CAEL or CAEL Online 70 overall with minimum of 60 in each subset
Cambridge Test 2 176 overall
Duolingo 3 110 overall
Password 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in the writing band
PTE Academic 61 overall with minimum score of 60 in writing
TOEFL iBT 88 overall with minimum of 20 in each component

IELTS Indicator is the new online academic test designed to support you during the COVID-19 situation to help keep your education goals on track.

2 The Cambridge score can come from either of the following three tests: Cambridge B2 FirstCambridge C1 Advanced or Cambridge C2 Proficiency.

3 UCW is currently piloting the acceptance of Duolingo as proof of English Proficiency Requirements. This is applicable to applications received until end of 2021.

  • Required score on a recognized English proficiency test.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits of post-secondary education from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction and where the school is located in a country where English is an official language.
  • Successful completion of University Canada West’s University Access Program (English preparation courses),
  • Successful completion of other recognized English preparation courses where students have demonstrated English proficiency equivalent to an academic IELTS score of 6.5 or better,
  • Successful completion of BC English 12 or English 12 First Peoples (or equivalent) with a final grade of 65% (C) or better (including the provincial exam if applicable) ) taken in Canada as part of a high school graduation program,
  • Completion of International Baccalaureate English A1/A2 or English Literature and Performance,
  • Successful completion of a 3 credit academic English course with a minimum C grade from a Canadian post-secondary institution. The credits must be eligible to be transferred to University Canada West as transfer credits,
  • Graduation from a secondary school attended for three (3) or more consecutive years of full time education where English was the language of instruction and where the school is located in a country where English is an official language,
  • Graduation from a recognized secondary school attended for four (4) or more consecutive years of full time education where English was the language of instruction but operates in a country where English is not a primary language.

The Admission Committee may require proof of English language proficiency from applicants who attended English language-based education systems if the Committee sees deficiencies in language proficiency when the application package is reviewed.

*Conditions apply

TLG Live

The Language Gallery, a preferred language partner for University Canada West, is launching a new online English training program called TLG Live.

The online English training program includes their University Pathway Program (UPP) so successful students don’t need to take an Academic IELTS or TOFL exam for admission. The program is designed to prepare students for their academic studies at a Canadian college or university.

Students will need to complete UPP level 6 with a minimum of 80% in course work in order to qualify for direct entry into UCW’s degree programs.

New intakes will start every two weeks and free arrival tests are available for new students. The introductory price is only $99 per week.

More information on TLG Live can be found here.

TLG Live

Recognized English Language Schools

*English Language test scores are valid for admission purposes for a maximum of 2 years from the date of the test.