The Faculty of Environmental Studies expects that students enrolled in any of its programs should be able to demonstrate competence in writing. Accordingly, all students newly admitted to the Faculty are required to write the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) during their first term of registration (normally scheduled during registration week in September). Effective August 1989, students who have attained a final grade of 80.0% or higher in English OAC 1 (no substitutes) are exempt from writing the ELPE and will be considered to have satisfied the ELPE requirement. Students may demonstrate their competence in writing by achieving a passing grade on this examination. If students are not initially successful in achieving a passing grade on this examination, they will be allowed two additional opportunities, in their first year only, to re-write the exam. If students do not achieve a passing grade on this examination, they must successfully complete the assignments of the University of Waterloo Writing Clinic. 'he English Language Proficiency Program is recorded on students' academic records as ARTS 000 Y.
The passing grade varies with each academic program. Please contact the Undergraduate Officer for your particular program for further details.
Students who arrange a special sitting of the ELPE outside the scheduled dates will be assessed an administrative charge.
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