Entrance Tests

LPILanguage Proficiency Index (LPI) or English Placement Exam

The Language Proficiency Index (LPI) is an English language test of reading and writing. The purpose of the LPI is to provide a consistent and standardized measurement of an examinee’s competency in English. Many post-secondary institutions in British Columbia accept LPI scores to assess the English language proficiency of prospective and current students for entrance into their academic programs or first-year English courses.
*Note that 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. For English proficiency requirements or for ‘in-house’ English Placement tests, visit each institution’s website.

LPI Test Dates/Location: https://www.lpitest.ca/test-locations-fees/metro-vancouver
LPI FAQs: https://www.lpitest.ca/faq/
Groups that accept the LPI: https://www.lpitest.ca/who-accepts-lpi/
Register online: https://secure.paragontesting.ca/LpiReg/

To see what test dates are available for each location, please Register Online Now.

University of British Columbia – Vancouver 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BCV6T 1Z4

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Simon Fraser University – Burnaby 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BCV5A 1S6

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Richmond 8771 Landsdowne Rd., Richmond, BCV6X 3V8

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Surrey 12666 72 Ave., Surrey, BCV3W 2M8

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley, BCV3A 8G9

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Douglas College – New Westminster 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster, BCV3M 5Z5

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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 for those students who have studied in a country where English is not the primary language.

For more information visit:  www.ets.org.  This website will give you information about: test centres, online registration, downloading a bulletin, finding institution codes, accessing test preparation materials and services, and finding answers to frequently asked questions.  Often, universities will not offer you acceptance without an acceptable Toefl score. A good time to write this test is in January or earlier.

Join Toefl Practice online that covers all four skills: reading, listening, speaking, and writing at:  http://toefl.startpractice.com/

Further information may be obtained at 1-800-446-3319 or 1 609-771-7243 or by email at toefl@ets.org.


Test Preparation Workshops available -visit www.kaptest.com.  Pay attention to the fees charged before you register to take the workshops.


These are tests that measure your reasoning ability and are required by American post- secondary institutions.  A good time to take these tests is at the end of Grade 11 or at the very beginning of Grade 12.  Application forms and information can be obtained online:

SAT visit: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/

ACT visit: http://www.act.org/

Sat Test Dates: sat.collegeboard.com/register/sat-international-dates

Steveston-London School Code:  821 307

Contact:  1212-713-7789 or email: sat@info.collegeboard.org

PSAT (Preliminary SAT):

Are you considering attending a university/college in the ‘USA’ after high school graduation? Here is what you need to know:

~the SAT test is required by most American post secondary institutions

~writing the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) test will help you prepare for taking the SAT Test

~the PSAT measures critical thinking skills, including critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills

~your PSAT score cannot be used for admittance to a post secondary institution

~the Preliminary (or Practice) SAT is only held once a year

For more information about the PSAT/SAT, visit your Career Centre or see the following website:  www.collegeboard.com

All students who take the PSAT will receive free access to MyRoad™, the College Board’s web-based career, majors, and college exploration tool.

MyRoad’s features include:

~a personality-type assessment

~profiles of college majors, information on colleges and careers

~an online magazine

You will receive login information on your PSAT Score Report.