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English Entrance Assessments

English assessments are designed to identify the appropriate English course that is reflective of the student's current knowledge, abilities, and future needs. Your English test results identify if you meet the specific program requirements and/or course prerequisites:

If you require assistance in identifying which test is most suitable for you  please connect with the Future Students Office: http://www.kpu.ca/future-students or an Academic Advisor https://advisorconnect.kpu.ca/TracWeb40/Default.html

ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST (EPT)

This is a writing test designed to evaluate your English competency. Your results will determine what university-level English course you should be placed in, recommend an appropriate upgrading course, or further ACP or ELS assessment.

ONLY take the EPT test if:

  • Achieved a C+ in English 12 OR
  • Have not achieved a C+ in English 12 but want to ensure future success in KPU first-year English

Test Format:

Part I:  Prose Passage Summary
Students are asked to read a short prose passage and to summarize its main points in a paragraph of (125-150) words.

Part II:  Essay Response
Students are asked to write a well-developed essay of approximately three hundred (300) words on one of two (2) possible topics. 

These topics are related to the subject of the prose passage.

Common errors made in placement tests are indicated in the list below.

accuracy of summary

fragments

verb tense

essay structure

parallel structure

verb form

essay content

sentence structure

prepositions

agreement

punctuation

articles

modifier problems

spelling

singular & plural forms

pronoun reference

idiom (word usage)

word form

run on, comma splice

diction (word choice)

other

Information on Placement:

  • Writing the EPT does not usually result in placement in ENGL 1100, 1202, or 1204.
  • Many students who take the EPT are placed in ENGQ 1099 or ENGQ 1089 or directed to another assessment.
  • NOT recommended for students who struggle with writing, vocabulary, grammar, or reading.  

PDF icon EPT Info. Sheet

Take the EPT test at least 4-6 weeks before registration starts for a new semester

Note: After taking the EPT, you may be directed to an additional assessment, which may delay registration until the following semester.

After Completing the EPT Test:

You will receive your EPT placement results document by email. Keep these placement results for when you are ready to register online in your courses. You will need a student number in order to use these results for admission to KPU.

  • If you have submitted an Application for Admission, the Office of Admissions will contact you regarding your next steps.
  • If you have NOT submitted an Application for Admission and obtained a student number, please submit your application online at www.kpu.ca/apply. Once you have applied online, you will receive an email stating acceptance into KPU and your student number.
  • Bring your Photo ID, student number and EPT placement results document to the testing center; KPU Surrey Main Building Room 138. Our office will confirm your student number, and then we will enter your test results into the system.
  • Our office will only keep your test results on file for 90 days after the date of your test. If you do not complete an Application for Admission and bring your student number to the ATS office before the 90 days expires, you will be required to retake the test for new results.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE STUDIES TEST (ELS)

The ELS Assessment is done on a computer. It identifies FIVE skills: Grammar and Vocabulary, Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.

Take the EPT test at least 4-6 weeks before registration starts for a new semesterTake the ELS test at least 4-6 weeks before registration starts for a new semesterTake the ELS test at least 4-6 weeks before registration starts for a new semester

This assessment can place you into an appropriate level of English-language upgrading, which includes academic preparation for university-level English courses.

ONLY take the ELS test if:

  • English is NOT your first language.
  • You have less than THREE years of High School English
  • Completed ESL coursework in High School but have not completed English 12 or Communication 12

Note: Once enrolled in the English Language Studies Diploma, you cannot take the ELS test again.

To see a sample test online: http://www.kpu.ca/testing/sample-tests

After Completing the ELS Test:

You will receive your ELS placement results document by email. Keep these placement results for when you are ready to register online in your courses. You will need a student number in order to use these results for admission to KPU.

  • If you have submitted an Application for Admission, the Office of Admissions will contact you regarding your next steps.
  • If you have NOT submitted an Application for Admission and obtained a student number, please submit your application online at www.kpu.ca/apply. Once you have applied online, you will receive an email stating acceptance into KPU and your student number.
  • Bring your Photo ID, student number and ELS placement results document to the testing center; KPU Surrey Main Building Room 138. Our office will confirm your student number, and then we will enter your test results into the system.
  • Our office will only keep your test results on file for 90 days after the date of your test. If you do not complete an Application for Admission and bring your student number to the ATS office before the 90 days expires, you will be required to retake the test for new results.

Note: You are only permitted to take the ELS Placement Test a maximum of three timesYou must wait 4 months before you can take the test again.  Once you have enrolled in the English Language Studies Program, you are not permitted to take the ELS Placement test again. 

VOCATIONAL (TRADES) ENGLISH ASSESSMENT

The Vocational (Trades) Assessment is designed to ensure that you will be able to succeed in the program you have chosen. This testing is not designed to prevent you from attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University rather it is intended to help you start at the appropriate level. If you need to improve your skills in reading and writing, upgrading can be done through selected courses through the Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement. This English Assessment can be rewritten after 3 months.

For more information on the Vocational Trades Assessment:

PDF icon VOCATIONAL (Trades) Test Info Sheet

To book an English Assessment/Test, please go to kpu.ca/testing

ACADEMIC AND CAREER PREPARATION (ACP) PERSONALIZED ENGLISH ASSESSMENT

You should take this test if:

  • You have not completed English 12 or achieved a C or less in English 12 or if you have completed Communications 12.
  • Your English 12 provincial examination score was a grade of C or lower.
  • You wish to receive a BC Graduation Diploma.
  • You speak English fluently and understand spoken English easily but need to upgrade your reading and writing skills.

For more information on ACP Assessments, please go to http://www.kpu.ca/aca/acp/testing-schedule.

To book an Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) Personalized English Assessment, please call 604-599-2000 (at the prompts press 2, 4, and 2), or go to any campus Student Enrolment Services office to book in person. 

 

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