Program Overview

If your TOEFL iBT is 61 or lower, or your IELTS is lower than 5.0, you can still take lower-level courses and these will help you upgrade your English skills.

Level 1: Five ESL courses
Level 1 entry requirement:
TRU English placement test required
Suggested entry requirement TOEFL iBT 20
Level 1 description:
Students are considered full-time ESL students. On successful completion, students proceed to Level 2.
Level 2: Five ESL courses | ESL foundations certificate award
Level 2 entry requirement:
TRU English placement test
TRU ESL Level 1
Level 2 description:
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.
Level 3: 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 3 description:
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.
Level 4: Four ESL courses + one academic course | Academic preparation certificate
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 4 description:
Consists of four core ESL courses. Students may take one ESL elective or academic course.
Level 5: Two ESL courses + three academic courses | Advanced academic preparation certificate
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 5 description:
Consists of two core ESL courses. Students may take three academic courses or ESL electives (up to nine credits).
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
TOEFL exam formats
TOEFL iBT = Internet-based test
TOEFL PBT = Paper-based test
Notes
  • Students should consult their academic advisor about additional requirements for entry into specific post-secondary courses or programs.
  • ESAL 0570 and 0580 meet equivalency standards for English 1100 and English 1110.

English Placement Test

Incoming ESL students are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) to determine appropriate placement in the absence of any other evidence of language proficiency. If you have test scores higher than Level 5 entry, you will not be required to take ESL courses.

ESL levelInterview: oralAccuplacer grammar / language usageAccuplacer RD / skillsAccuplacer RC / vocabulary sentence meaning(T) reading skills and vocabularyAccuplacer composition
Pre-ESAL   <34 <34 <34   0
ESAL Level 1 1 35-55 35-58 35-58 70-116 1
ESAL Level 2 2 56-79 59-78 59-78 117-156 2
ESAL Level 3 3 80-100 79-90 79-90 157-181 3
ESAL Level 4 4 101-110 91-102 91-100 182-203 4
ESAL Level 5 5 111+ 103-114 101-110 204-225 5
ESAL Level 6 6       226+ 6

Note: Reading Skills + Sentence Meaning = Reading Score

In addition, all new students are required to attend the Testing and Orientation Week, which is held at TRU the week prior to the beginning of each semester. EPT Test Waivers are also possible with appropriate TOEFL or IELTS scores.