Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

English Language Program Regulations

Level Description
1 Students are considered full-time ESL students. On successful completion, students proceed to Level 2.
2 Students are considered full-time ESL students. The curriculum consists of one semester of full-time ESL study. On successful completion, students will proceed to Level 3.
3 Students are considered full-time ESL students. The curriculum consists of one semester of full-time ESL study. On successful completion, students will proceed to Level 4.
4 Consists of four core ESL courses. Students may take one ESL elective or academic course.
5 Consists of two core ESL courses. Students may take three academic courses or ESL electives (up to nine credits).
Notes
  1. For the purpose of these regulations, a student must have completely passed one ESL level to be considered to be in the next level.
  2. Students should consult their Academic Advisor about additional requirements for entry into specific post-secondary courses or programs.
  3. ESAL 0570 and 0580 are prerequisite courses for English 1100 and English 1110 as well as any courses requiring English 12.
  Academic courses towards degree
Academic program entry requirement:
IELTS: 6.5+ with no bands below 6.0
TOEFL iBT: 88+ with no section below 20
TOEFL PBT: 570+, TWE 4.5+
MELAB: 81+
CanTEST: 4.5+ with no component below 4.0
CAEL: Overall 70+, no subtest below 60
PTE: 58+
TRU ESL Level 5
  Level 5 ESL
Two ESL courses + three academic courses
Level 5 entry requirement:
IELTS: 6.0+ with no bands below 5.5
TOEFL iBT: 80+
TOEFL PBT: 550-569
TWE 4.0+ MELAB: 77+
CanTEST: 4.0+ with no component below 4.0
CAEL: Overall 60+, no subtest below 50
TRU ESL Level 4
  Level 4 ESL
Four ESL courses + one academic course
Level 4 entry requirement:
IELTS: 5.5+ with no bands below 5.0
TOEFL iBT: 71+
TOEFL PBT: 530-549
MELAB: 74+
CanTEST: 4.0+ with no component below 3.5
CAEL: Overall 50+, no subtest below 40
TRU ESL Level 3
  Level 3 ESL
Five ESL courses
ESL intermediate certificate award
Level 3 entry requirement:
IELTS: 5.0+
TOEFL iBT: 61+
TOEFL PBT: 500-529
MELAB: 69+
CanTEST: 3.5+
CAEL: Overall 40+
TRU ESL Level 2
  Level 2 ESL
Five ESL courses
ESL foundations certificate award
Level 2 entry requirement:
TRU English placement test
TRU ESL Level 1
  Level 1 ESL
Five ESL courses
Level 1 entry requirement:
TRU English placement test required
Suggested entry requirement TOEFL iBT 20
TOEFL exam formats
TOEFL iBT = Internet-based test
TOEFL PBT = Paper-based test