Language Proficiency Index (LPI) or English Placement Exam
The LPI is accepted by most BC institutions that require an English placement exam to determine if a student's English language skills are at a level to successfully comprehend and complete a first-year university-level English course. In place of the LPI exam, some institutions also offer their own writing assessment or 'placement test'. However, this, 'in-house test', is only accepted by the institution that administers it. Students usually write the LPI or English Placement test in their grade 12 year. Some institutions must have received the acceptable English proficiency exam results before a student is able to register in a first-year English university course.
For LPI exam information, dates and locations, and to register online, visit: http://www.lpitest.ca/
For English proficiency requirements or for 'in-house' English Placement tests, visit each institution's website. This type of info is available in the 'Undergraduate Admissions' section of a university's website.
Many institutions have LPI exemptions. Here are some exemptions for entry Sept XXX:
- SFU -a blended mark of 75% is required in English 12
- UBC - The new ways to demonstrate eligibility have been added, beginning in 2016W. Interim and course-in-progress grades are no longer used; options around grade 11 final grades and transfer credits have been introduced.
- UVIC -86% or higher in English 12 school or interim grade
- Douglas -'C' grade
- Kwantlen -'C+' grade
- Langara -80% minimum blended mark
Langara English Test (LET)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University English Placement Test (EPT)
Douglas College Assessment Testing
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
This test determines whether your knowledge of the English language is sufficient for university study. It is required by most, if not all, universities (and some colleges) for those students who have studied in a country where English is not the primary language. Each institution has set its own requirements and exemptions and it is important for you to find out what these are. Please contact the Career Centre or individual post-secondary websites for details on requirements and exemptions. TOEFL information can be also obtained from: http://www.ets.org/toefl. Make sure you write this test no later than March. Often, universities will not offer you acceptance without an acceptable TOEFL score. A good time to write this test is in January or earlier. For practice tests visit the following website: http://toefl.startpractice.com/
Further information may be obtained at 1-800-446-3319 or 1 609-771-7243 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Testing for US Colleges/Universities
Check the Post Secondary Options/Applying to US Colleges/Universities section of this website