THE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY INDEX (LPI) EXAM - TO WRITE OR NOT TO WRITE, THAT IS THE QUESTION...
Students can register at http://www.lpitest.ca/ Students will be issued with a registration number, PIN number, and entrance ticket from the LPI company to enter the test and later access the scores on the LPI website. Bring everything with you to the test (photo bearing ID is mandatory) including a school picture attached to the registration form. **LPI RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND FREQUENTLY DO - CHECK THIS SITE AGAIN IN MARCH TO MAKE SURE YOU NEED TO DO THE LPI**
PURPOSE OF THE TEST The Language Proficiency Index Test provides BC post-secondary institutes information regarding an individual student’s competency to take a 1st year university/college English course. There are four parts to the test. Part 1 consists of sentence structure and identifying errors. Part 2 consists of English usage and identifying errors. Part 3 consists of paragraph development, structure, and content with multiple-choice questions and two or three sentence summaries for reading comprehension. Part 4 is writing a 300-400 word argumentative essay used to explain a topic. Here are 2 examples: “Soccer is a sport that will continue to flourish only outside of North America .” Agree or disagree. Or “You have been given a credit of $5000 on your credit card to spend as you wish - what would you spend the money on, and why?”
WHEN TO WRITE THE LPI? Sittings are at Kwantlen, UBC or Langara. It is advisable not to write the LPI any later than mid-May since most scores should be available by June 1st for post-secondary registration. Students can rewrite the LPI as many times as needed. Different dates and locations are available at the LPI site.
REGISTERING Register at the LPI . The test will be $100+. “Preparing to write the LPI” books will probably be $35+ and shipping. If you can’t make the date you originally asked for it can be changed by phoning the LPI office at (778) 327-6854 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ There are some practice books available in the Career Centre
RESULTS All institutes using the LPI score receive a print out within six weeks. Students can read their score on the internet using your registration number and PIN within 6 weeks.
MATERIALS REQUIRED ON TEST DAY Bring your PEN and your S.I.N., pens, HB pencils, erasers; don’t forget to bring your printout ticket with your registration number and PIN. You will need photo-bearing ID to check in. Also bring your registration number and a picture attached to the registration form.
WHAT DO MY SCORES NEED TO BE TO TAKE A 1ST YEAR LEVEL ENGLISH COURSE? SFU requires a level 4 on the essay and 50% on all the sections to be considered for writing intensive courses, not for admission to the university. If students don't meet the exemption or do not take the LPI, they can take a qualifying (non-credit) English course (Foundations of Academic Literacy) in their first 30 credits. Exemption from the LPI : 75% or higher in English 12 or English Lit 12 on the final blended report card or an AP English grade of 3 (80%). Students must maintain the 75% on final blended report card.
UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan require a Level 5 or 30/40 on the essay in order to take a first year English course for credit. Exemption UBC Vancouver: second interim grade of 80% or a final grade of 75% or higher in English 12 or English Lit 12 or an AP English grade of 4. Exemption UBC Okanagan: final blended grade of 70% in English 12. If a student is taking a program in the Faculty of Arts (BA, BFA, or BMUS) they are not required to register in 1st year English but if they choose to do a 1st year English they will need to qualify. Students intending to take ARTS ONE or obtain a major/minor in English will, of course, need 1st year English so they must qualify by grades or the LPI. Students in all other faculties must take 1st year English so they need to qualify by grades or LPI.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University requires a Level 5 with a 30/40 on the essay portion to be able to take a ‘transferable to university’ English course (ENG 1100). A student can enroll in a nontransferable English course with a Level 4 or if their English 12 score is 60% or higher and still start on 1st year university courses. Exemption: students with a final blended grade of a 73% (B) or higher in English 12.
Langara College requires the LPI for students planning to enroll in any Career Programs or entrance into 1st year academic subjects such as English, Biology, Philosophy, Geography Economics etc. The minimum score is 26 on the essay and 50% on the LPI sections. To enter 1st year academic subjects such as Biology or Economics students will need 67% or higher in English 12. Exemption: a final blended grade of 80% or higher in English 12 or Literature 12.
Douglas College requires a Level 5 on the essay and a score of 10 on the Reading Comprehension section for university transferable English, Communications or Creative Writing courses. Exemption: students with a final blended grade of 73% (B) or higher in English 12.
If you have made a firm decision to attend Kwantlen Polytechnic University or Langara College you can choose to do their “in house” exam – it may be easier and will be less expensive that the LPI. If you are planning to attend post-secondary institute outside of BC do the English placement test provided by that post-secondary school - do not do the LPI. BCIT, VCC and UBC Okanagan do not require a LPI.
WHICH LOCAL INSTITUTIONS RECOMMEND the LPI? The University of British Columbia The University of Victoria Simon Fraser University Camosun College Capilano University Thompson Rivers University Douglas College North Island College University of the Fraser Valley Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langara College Vancouver Island University Okanagan College Selkirk College Yukon College The British Columbia Institute of Technology – only a few programs Corrections and Community Justice Division of the Justice Institute Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia The Real Estate Council of British Columbia Abbotsford Police Recruitment Department New Westminster Police Recruitment Department Victoria Police Recruitment Department Port Moody Police Department