English Language Requirements

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

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

NOTE : If there is a big difference (20% or more) between the English 12 or English 12 First Peoples course grade and the provincial exam grade, UBC reserves the right to use the exam grade only.

Students registered in most undergraduate programs must fulfill a requirement of at least 3 credits of 1st year English ** A final grade of 75% in Eng. 12 (school mark plus government exam mark) or a final grade of 80% in Eng 11 or a final grade of 3 or better in the Advanced Placement (AP) course in literature and composition. (LPI score 5) is needed.

See: https://english.ubc.ca/first-year-english/frequently-asked-questions-faq/

Students in the Faculty of Arts (are not required to complete the LPI ) There is no first-year English degree requirement in the Faculty of Arts except for students majoring in English. Arts students must fulfill the Writing and Research Requirement.

See:  http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=2,19,914,0

For students applying to programs on the Vancouver campus, please  review the information found on the English Department’s website regarding eligibilities to register in first-year English courses: http://www.english.ubc.ca/ugrad/1styear/.  A quick summary of how a student is exempt from having to write the LPI (Language Proficiency Index exam) can be found here http://www.english.ubc.ca/ugrad/1styear/faq.htm#1

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 or write the TOEFL or IELTS.

See:  http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=2,19,0,0



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.

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 ENGL 135, 146, 147, and ENGR 110.

Students can also satisfy the requirements in one of the following ways:

  1.  A score 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)

See: http://www.uvic.ca/registrar/students/policies/academics/index.php

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:

To be considered for a waiver applicants must meet the following:

Students must be studying 3 years in an onshore Canadian High School

  1. Students must have a minimum final grade of 70% on English 11
  2. English Language proficiency will be noted as required on the student’s admissions file until the he or she Self-Reports grades
  3. The Admissions Office will consider a waiver once the student has self-reported (Feb 15-Mar 31)
  4. Applicants who do not receive 50% or better on the English 12 provincial exam will have the waiver withdrawn and must satisfy the English proficiency in another manner through one of the ways listed at ww.uvic.ca/esl.

See: http://www.uvic.ca/future-students/undergraduate/admissions/language/index.php

SFU – 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 with a min. of 60% (blended) in Eng. 12 or Engl. Lit 12 or Eng. First Peoples12 and write the TOEFL or IELTS if they have not been in a Canadian school for 3 years.

See: http://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_students/new_admission_standards/english_competency.html

All students must achieve a min. of 60% in Eng. 11 or 12 to apply to SFU

Capilano University

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). Note: Many of Capilano’s university programs or programs requiring first year English may require a higher English 12 grade. Please refer to the website below:

See: http://www.capilanou.ca/requirements/

Emily Carr:   All students must achieve a minimum of 60% or C in English 12 or First Peoples English to apply.

 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. Submission deadline for English Language Proficiency tests is January 15 for all programs. Please refer to the website for acceptable proficiency  tests:

See: http://www.ecuad.ca/admissions/english

Kwantlen – to meet the English requirement:  Completion of BC English 12 or English Literature 12 or English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of C+ or Communications 12 with a minimum grade of A (or equivalents) *effective Fall 2015*

See: http://www.kpu.ca/calendar/2016-17/ar/englishproficiency.html

Langara:  Students who have an “A” (80% as a blended mark or higher) in English 12 or English Lit 12 do not have to write a placement test (LET 3 or LPI 5 )

See: http://www.langara.bc.ca/admissions/requirements/specific-language-program-requirements.html

Douglas:  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 enroll in 1st year English and a B in English 12 (LPI 5) is the prerequisite.