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Summary of Changes for 2020/21 Calendar
University of Calgary Calendar 2020-2021 Admissions A.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements A.5.2 International High School Admissions
A.5.2 International High School Admissions
The United States and Countries Offering American-Based Curricula

Applicants who are completing or have completed their twelfth year of education in an American-based high school curriculum may be considered for admission based on an evaluation including standard college entrance exams (Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), meeting Faculty course requirements and proof of high school graduation. Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum score does not guarantee admission.

Applicants following an American-based curriculum in countries outside the United States (and US territories) are not required to provide the SAT or ACT scores.

Applicants who have attended a university/college should refer to section A.5.3.

Students are required to have a minimum combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing plus Mathematics (ERW+M) score of 1190. For SAT information, visit

If presenting the ACT Test, a minimum composite score of 24 is required. For ACT information, visit:

Note: Only one of SAT Mathematics Level 1 or Mathematics Level 2 may be presented for admission.

SAT subject tests are accepted as equivalents for required high school courses as follows:

Course Requirement SAT Subject Test
English Language Arts 30-1 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or Literature
Mathematics 30-1 Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 31 Mathematics Level 2
Chemistry 30


Biology 30 Biology E/M
Physics 30 Physics
Language or Language and Culture Courses at the 30 level

Spanish, Spanish with listening, French, French with listening, Chinese with listening, Italian, German, German with listening, Modern Hebrew, Latin, Japanese with listening, Korean with listening

Countries Offering the British Education System

General Certificate of Education (GCE)/General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

Students who present the GCE or GCSE will be considered using five academic courses as detailed in A.5.1.2 (Standard High School Admission Requirements). Applicants can be considered with one of the following options:

  1. two courses at Advanced Level (A) and three GCSE/Ordinary Level; or
  2. four courses at Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS) and one at the “GCSE/Ordinary” Level.

In either option, grades of "D" and "E" are not acceptable.

The University of Calgary awards advanced credit for specific Advanced Level (A) courses when a grade of "C" or better is achieved. Students should refer to section A.12 (Transfer Credit/Advanced Standing) for details.

Other Countries

Applicants educated in other countries may be considered for admission on their academic merits. Those completing Canadian high school courses will have the grades obtained in these courses used in lieu of equivalents obtained on international certificates.

Detailed information is available at:

International students seeking admission on the basis of documents not listed on the Admissions website should submit certificates indicating the courses studied and the grades achieved to the Admissions Office. When these certificates are in a language other than English, English translations (prepared by a certified translator) must accompany the original documents.