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English Language Proficiency Program

As an Arts student, you must complete the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) as part of your degree. You must complete this requirement by the end of your second year. 

How do you complete this? Either by taking one of a list of courses designed to give you the English writing skills you need for success in university or by achieving a minimum score on the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE).

  • If you are in first year Honours Arts, Arts and Business, and Social Development Studies, you take an English course designed to prepare you for university writing. This course is added to your schedule for you and satisfies the ELPR if you achieve a grade of at least 65.
  • If you are an upper-year student or a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to take a writing intensive course. Achieving a grade of at least 65 in one of the following courses will satisfy the ELPR. 
  • Achieve a grade of 65 or higher in one of the following courses: ARTS 101ENGL 109ENGL 129RENGL 140REMLS 102REMLS 129R.

The ELPE, a diagnostic writing exam, is offered a limited number of times each year. If you choose to attempt it, please email artselpe@uwaterloo.ca to discuss your options.

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The Writing Centre, in the Student Success Office, is the one-stop-shop for ELPE information!