English Language Proficiency Requirements

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) to take Athabasca University courses. AU accepts the following as proof of English Language Proficiency.

  • Completion of high school in an English-speaking country. 
  • Completion of 15 university credits from a recognized English-speaking university, or 1 year at a non-university post-secondary institution with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
  • Minimum score of 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 
  • Minimum score of 60% on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). 
  • Minimum score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) test.
  • Minimum score of 59 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).
  • Minimum score of 213 on the computer- or paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • Minimum score of 80 with an essay score of 20 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). 
  • Successful completion of AU’s English Language Proficiency Program with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).

See the English Language Proficiency Requirements Policy (pdf) for further details. 

Graduate students

AU’s graduate programs have slightly different ELP requirements. In addition to the general graduate ELP requirements, individual programs may also have their own rules. Find your graduate program.

Updated April 21 2016 by Web Strategy, Advancement