Entrance Tests

Language Proficiency Index

LPI or English Placement Exam: These exams determine whether your English writing and grammar skills are sufficient for the study of first year, university level, English courses. The LPI exam is comprised of two parts: the essay part, and the language usage part. Both take about three hours to complete. he LPI is accepted by most BC institutions that require an English placement test (i.e. SFU, UBC, U Vic, UNBC, Douglas, Kwantlen, Langara, etc).  The LPI may be written in any month at various locations. A good time to write this test is in January, February or March of your Grade 12 year, unless you are entering a Selective Entry Career Program (in that case, you should write the LPI in the early Fall of your Grade 12 year).
Make sure that you read all the information, including the “Examinee Terms of Reference” before you register to take the exam.

To register for an LPI sitting visit: www.lpitest.ca/

Institution Specific English Placement Exams

These are exams only accepted by the institution that administers it.

Test of English as a Foreign Language

TOEFL/IELTS: This test determines whether your knowledge of the English language is sufficient for university study. It is required by most, if not all, universities for those students who have studied in a country where English is not the primary language.
For more information on TOEFL visit:  www.ets.org
For more information on IELTS visit:  www.ielts.org

Join TOEFL Practice at:  http://toefl.startpractice.com/

Covers all four skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing)  Further information may be obtained at 1-800-446-3319 or 1 609-771-7243 or by email at toefl@ets.org

 New IBT/TOEFL program – IBT/TOEFL program is now being offered by the International Language Schools of Canada to international students studying in Richmond high schools.  This private institution is situated on 555 Richards Street, Vancouver.  Official ibt/TOEFL tests are run monthly.
More information is available by contacting: 604-689-9095
Visit the website at:  www.ilsc-vancouver.com.
Test Preparation Workshops at: www.kaptest.com
Pay attention to the fees charged before you register to take the workshops

This information could change without notice – please check with the links provided for the most up-to-date information.


An in progress grade (second term mark) of 80% or a final grade of 75% in Eng. 12 (either course grade or blended provincial grade). (LPI score 5)
Refer to:  http://english.ubc.ca/first-year-english/frequently-asked-questions-faq/#1

Students registered in most undergraduate programs must fulfill a requirement of at least 3 credits of 1st year English

  • Students in the Faculty of Arts are not required to complete the LPI or be exempt, instead they must fulfill the Writing and Research Requirement. There is no first-year English degree requirement in the Faculty of Arts except for students majoring in English
English Language Standard: Students whose first language is not English and have not resided in Canada for  3 yrs must achieve a minimum of 70% on their Eng. 12, Eng. Lit 12 or First Peoples Eng. 12 provincial exam & write the TOEFL or IELTS.
Refer to: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=2,19,0,0

All students must achieve a min. of 70% (final grade) in Eng. 11 or 12 to apply to UBC


As of May 2012 students will no longer be required to write the LPI, the current Undergraduate English Requirement will become the Academic Writing Requirement (AWR). The new regulation passed by UVic’s Senate includes the ability for students to make their own first year English course selection without an LPI or other placement test.
Further information can be found at:
 Strong reading, writing, and research skills are essential to academic success. Regardless of whether you are a native speaker of English or have learned English as an additional language, you will need to develop these skills in order to do well in your university studies. All undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program are required to complete a 1.5 unit AWR-designated course. The courses that meet the AWR are ENG 135, 146, 147, and ENG 110.
Students can also satisfy the requirements in one of the following ways:
  1. As core of at least 86% on  BC English 12 Provincial Exam within the three years immediately prior to admission
  2. 1.5 or more units of university level English transfer credit for one of the AWR designated courses (including credit for AP and IB English courses)
NOTE: a student may have satisfied the AWR but may still be required to meet a program’s degree requirement to complete one or more English courses. For example, the Faculty of Business requires students to complete 3.0 units of English in the first year.
English Language Standard:  Students whose first language is not English, and who have not resided in a designated English-speaking country for four years immediately prior to the entry, must provide proof of English Language proficiency, TOEFL or IELTS.


To be exempt from writing the LPI for SFU, a blended mark of 75% is required in English 12.  (LPI Score 4)

English Language Standard:  Students must have completed Eng. 12 in Canada and achieve a min. of 60% (blended) in Eng. 12 or Engl. Lit 12 or Eng. First Peoples 12 and write the TOEFL, IELTS.
All students must achieve a min. of 60% in Eng. 11 or 12 to apply to SFU

Capilano University – Change to LPI Exemption

Students with an interim or final grade of 75% or higher in English 12, English Literature 12, or English 12 First Peoples, will not be required to write the EDT (English Diagnostic Test) or LPI (Language Proficiency Index) exam prior to registering for a first year English course at Capilano University. This change comes into effect for the Summer 2012 term (May 2012) and beyond.
Refer to:
English Language Standard:  English 12 with a final mark (including provincial exam) of C+ grade or higher and two years of high school in Canada or 4 years of full time study in English Canada at a high school or post secondary institution (LPI 4)

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A grade of 80% in English 12 or First Peoples 12.  (LPI 4)

English Language Standard:  Students whose first language is not English must have resided in Canada for 3 years or write a Language Proficiency Test i.e. TOEFL, IELTS etc. the LPI is not acceptable.
All students must achieve a minimum of 60% or C+ in English 12 or First Peoples English to apply.


To meet the English requirement a grade of “C” in one of:  Eng. 12, Eng. 12 First Peoples, Comm 12, Tech Professional Communications 12.   Note that many of Kwantlen’s  university programs require a B in English 12 (LPI 4)
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Students who have an “A” (80% or higher) in English 12 or English Lit 12 do not have to write a placement test (LET 4 or LPI 5)
Refer to: http://www.langara.bc.ca/admissions/requirements/specific-language-program-requirements.html


To meet the English requirements for admission a minimum grade of C is required in Eng. 12, Eng. Lit 12, First Peoples 12 and Tech Professional Communications or a B in Communications 12. (LPI 4)  Note that many of Douglas’ programs require students to enrol in 1st year English and a B in English 12 (LPI 5) is the prerequisite.