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What type of English proficiency do I require?

Prospective students for all programs must submit proof of English proficiency equivalent to Grade 12 English.

English proficiency can be demonstrated in one of three ways:

1. An Official Transcript indicating successful completion of Grade 12 English or equivalent course. Equivalent Canadian courses include:

  • BC: English 12; English First Peoples 12; or English Literature 12;

  • AB/NWT/NU: English Language Arts 30-1;

  • SK: English Language Arts A30 and English Arts B30;

  • MB: English Language Arts: Comprehensive Focus 40S; English Language Arts: Literacy Focus 40S; or English Language Arts: Transitional Focus;

  • ON: English ENG4U; or English ENG4C;

  • QC: English 603 series;

  • NL: English 3201;

  • NB: English 121; or English 122;

  • NS: English 12; or Advanced English 12;

  • PEI: English 621A; or Advanced English 611; or
  • 2. An Official Transcript indicating successful completion of any Canadian university-level English course; or

    3. An English Assessment indicating English proficiency equivalent to successful completion of Grade 12 English from a recognized university or college.

    For students that do not meet the English 12 requirement for admission, we recommend the following options prior to registration:

    For English speaking students that require upgrading

  • Contact Shine ESL Tutoring and Testing for upgrading and English assessment options; or

  • Complete classroom or online-based course(s) that will satisfy PRECI’s English requirement. Information regarding Adult Upgrading can be found at, http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/adult-education/adult-upgrading.
  • For ESL Students

  • Contact Shine ESL Tutoring and Testing for upgrading and English assessment options; or

  • Complete classroom or online-based course(s) that will satisfy PRECI’s English requirement. Information regarding learning English can be found at, http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/adult-education/adult-upgrading-learn-english.
  • For students who already have a highlevel of skill in English reading, writing and grammar
    The English requirement may also be challenged with satisfactory scores from one of the following tests with the following minimum scores:

  • Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute's English Assessment. Overall score: 60. This online assessment can be booked and completed through Shine ESL Tutoring and Testing.

  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): B

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall score: 60, and Speaking: 60

  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBP): Listening: 7, Speaking: 7, Reading: 7, and Writing: 7

  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C

  • International English Language Testing System - General (IELTS): Overall score: 6.0 with no band less than 6.0

  • International English Language Testing System - Academic (IELTS): Overall score: 6.0 with no band less than 6.0

  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with the MELAB Oral Interview: Final score: 85
    with 3 in the speaking test

  • Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE): Overall score: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, and Speaking: 60

  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI): Score: 5 or higher

  • TOEFL Internet-based test: Overall score: 80, Reading: 20, Listening: 20, Writing: 20, and Speaking: 20

  • TOEFL Paper-based test with the TWE (Test of Written English): Reading: 55, Listening: 55, Writing: 55, and TWE: 4.0

  • Vancouver Community College – English Language Assessment (VCC - ELA): Listening: 25/30, Speaking: 27/30, Essay: 16/20, and Reading: 50/70
  • All assessments will be at the expense of the prospective student.