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English Language Proficiency Requirements for Collegiate Classes

English Language Proficiency Requirements for Students Under 22 Years of Age

For students under the age of 22, schools in Saskatchewan use the Common Framework of Reference (CFR) when describing the English language proficiency of students learning English.

To take an online class with the Online Learning Centre, students are required to have a CFR of B1 (Preferably B1.2)


For more information on the Common Framework of Reference (CFR), click the link: EAL-CFR.pdf

Language Proficiency Requirements for Adult Students (22 years and older)

Students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English so they are able to be successful in all high school courses. EAL support is not available for students who are aged 22 and older.

The following will be accepted as proof of language proficiency:

  • Completion of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 8 class

  • CLB assessment results with minimum of level 9 in reading, writing, listening and speaking


  • Language proficiency test score
  1. IELTS (overall band score of 6.5)
  2. TOEFL (internet based: 80) With minimum individual scores of reading (19), listening (19), speaking (18), writing (18)

 For more information on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB), click the link:


Options for Adults Students Who Wish to Improve Their English

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)


U of S Language Centre

Note: students who have completed high school education in their home country should be encouraged to have their transcripts evaluated by the post-secondary institute they wish to attend. Most students will need to provide proof of language proficiency in addition to the academic requirements.

Language requirements for U of S

Language requirements for Sask Polytechnic