At the end of the term when we have received the final examination results (English Language for Academic Studies (ELAS) and Mathematics (MATH) grades), your academic standing will be reviewed and we will confirm your student status.
An official email notification will be sent to your UWaterloo email account from our Registrar's Office as to your status.
Note: for the fall term we will do our utmost in responding in a timely manner, so that we can send notification by the end of term and before closing for the winter break.
To be successful in completing the Mathematics/English Language for Academic Studies (Math/ELAS) program, you must attain a final grade of at least 70% in each of your English language courses and a final grade of at least 60% in your UWaterloo mathematics course.
While a passing grade in MATH is 50%, you need a minimum grade of 60% to enrol in your next MATH course.
You are then qualified to continue* as a full-time regular Faculty of Mathematics student at the University of Waterloo and the MATH course(s) taken during Math/ELAS will count toward your BMath or BCS degree.
*Note: You are expected to continue your full-time studies in the term immediately following successful completion of Math/ELAS. This will allow every opportunity to put into practice your new English language skills.
If you did not achieve a grade of 70% (minimum) in any English language course, and/or 50% (minimum) in the MATH course, you may be allowed to proceed in a "non-degree" term with 'conditional' status, in order to improve your standings and meet requirements.
Decisions are determined by the academic standings within the Faculty's policies. All decisions are final, as students are attempting to satisfy our admission requirements. Recourse for petitioning will not be allowed, since students are not considered as an official full-time degree student.
Students should not book flights or travel arrangements until after final exams.
If you are unable to write a midterm or final exam due to serious illness, Health Services will provide the medical assessment and verification of illness form - at time of illness.
If you go to an off-campus doctor, we will require a detailed certificate on the doctor's official letterhead.
Bring the University of Waterloo Verification of illness form (PDF) with you to be completed by your physician during your medical appointment.
You will need to provide medical proof of what was wrong with you on the day of the exam and why that illness prevented you from writing the final exam.
Grounds of illness with proper medical documentation should be submitted as soon as possible (or within 48 hours) after the examination, to the course instructor and please inform the ELAS Program Coordinator Judy Reidt.
The Faculty may take the illness into consideration when determining your academic standing for your eligibility to continue. Math - vif
Note: If you do not successfully complete the Math/ELAS program, you will not be permitted to continue studies at the University of Waterloo.
End of term travel arrangements
Students should not make plans or leave the Waterloo area, until all final exams have been written.
In the event that the University is closed during final examinations, the examinations will be rescheduled on the next available day, including Sunday, on which examinations have not been scheduled. Specific make-up dates will be announced on the University of Waterloo website.
Travel plans is not considered an acceptable reason for granting alternative exam times.
After passing the Math/ELAS program students will then enrol into full-time courses. As part of your degree requirements all students are expected to take two communication courses.
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English for Multilingual Speakers courses
- Math/ELAS students should enrol in an English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS) course during their 1A term (first full-time term) from List I.
Note: formerly listed as ESL-English as a Second Language
- Achieve a minimum of 60% in a communication course.
- An EMLS/ESL or a communication course will be required even to apply for co-op.
- If you have not passed a communication course by the end of your 1B term, you will be restricted in your enrolment for your 2A term to three courses (two math courses and one communication course)
- Students are encouraged to complete the second communication course by the end of term 2A from List II.
- Visit Undergraduate Calendar Degree Requirements for all Math students.
List I: First Course
The first course must be chosen from one of the following:
EMLS 101R Oral Communication for Academic Purposes
EMLS 102R Correction in Academic Writing
EMLS/ENGL 129R Written Academic English
ENGL 109 Introduction to Academic Writing
SPCOM 100 Interpersonal Communication
SPCOM 223 Public Speaking
If you passed all courses of the English language program, (by obtaining at least 70% in each), you may obtain an Ontario College Certificate. This certificate is in recognition of your accomplishments - so you should be very proud!
Student Achievement Form – is the grade results of the English language courses taught at Conestoga College. Official copies of the Conestoga College – Student Achievement Forms are forwarded to our Office of the Registrar to be filed and maintained with your academic records, electronically.
Requests for your individual Certificate and/or Student Achievement Form can be made by contacting Ms. Judy Reidt. Be sure to provide your Full Name along with your UW and Conestoga College's ID #s.
Who can I contact for more information?
For questions about Math/ELAS, please contact Ms. Judy Reidt.