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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 English Placement Test if:

  • You have achieved a C in English 12.

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:

Please wait 5-8 business days for your results to be processed and then check your ‘STUDENT PROFILE’ to view your test results:

  1. Go to: https://one.kpu.ca
  2. Click: ‘Online Self Service’ or ‘OSS’  (If it does not appear on the homepage, type in OSS on the Search line at the top of the page)
  3. Enter your KPU Student Number and Password. Click: Login
  4. Click: Student Menu
  5. Click: Prior Education (on the left of the page)
  6. Your Test Score(s) will be listed below the header ‘Testing’

If you have questions about your course placements, you may book an appointment with the ACA Academic Advisor: www.kpu.ca/aca/aca-advisor

 

PDF icon EPT - How to View Your Admissions Test Scores Instructions

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 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 English Language Studies Test if:

  • English is not your first language and you need to improve your skills.
  • You have not completed at least 3 years of high school English.
  • You have not completed English 12 or Communications 12, or if you have completed ESL coursework in high school.

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

Aptis Demonstration Test and Videos: https://www.britishcouncil.org/exam/aptis

 

After Completing the English Language Studies Test:

Please wait 5-8 business days for your results to be processed and then check your ‘STUDENT PROFILE’ to view your test results:

  1. Go to: https://one.kpu.ca
  2. Click: ‘Online Self Service’ or ‘OSS’  (If it does not appear on the homepage, type in OSS on the Search line at the top of the page)
  3. Enter your KPU Student Number and Password. Click: Login
  4. Click: Student Menu
  5. Click: Prior Education (on the left of the page)
  6. Your Test Score(s) will be listed below the header ‘Testing’

If you have questions about your course placements, you may book an appointment with the ACA Academic Advisor: www.kpu.ca/aca/aca-advisor

 

PDF icon ELST - How to View Your Admissions Test Scores Instructions

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 READING ASSESSMENT

The Vocational Trades English 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 Assessments:

PDF icon Vocational Trades Assessments Information Sheet

After Completing the Vocational Trades English Reading Assessment:

Check your ‘STUDENT PROFILE’ to view your test results:

  1. Go to: https://one.kpu.ca
  2. Click: ‘Online Self Service’ or ‘OSS’  (If it does not appear on the homepage, type in OSS on the Search line at the top of the page)
  3. Enter your KPU Student Number and Password. Click: Login
  4. Click: Student Menu
  5. Click: Prior Education (on the left of the page)
  6. Your Test Score(s) will be listed below the header ‘Testing’

 

PDF icon How to View Your Admissions Test Scores Instructions

 

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

ACADEMIC AND CAREER PREPARATION (ACP) PERSONALIZED ENGLISH ASSESSMENT

You should take this test if:

  • You achieved a C- or lower in English 12.
  • You have not completed English 12.
  • 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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