English Language Requirements

All students must meet the college’s English Language requirements before they would receive the official Letter of Acceptance. To demonstrate your English ability, you must do one of the following:

Students may be placed in university transfer (credit) English or university preparatory (non-credit) English, on the basis of Columbia College’s Language and Writing Assessment (LWA) results or on the basis of acceptable external standardized English test scores.  If you take the LWA and also present external test results (as listed below), we will place you according to whichever score is better. We do not accept external tests written more than two years before you register at the college.

External English test scores

University Transfer Courses and Non-credit English Courses [1]:

English 100 English 099 English 098 EAP 097 EAP <097
IELTS Academic Overall Band 6.5 & Writing Band 6.0 Overall Band 6.0 & Writing Band 5.5 Overall Band 5.5 & Writing Band 5.0 Overall Band 5.0 & Writing Band 4.5 -
CAEL 60-69 & Writing 60 50-59 & Writing 50 40-49 & Writing 40 - -
LPI 4, Essay 25/40 & 50% on each of the three components 3, Essay 20/40 & 50% on each of the three components 3, Essay 20/40 & 50% on each of the three components - -
LWA 5 3 2 1 -
MELAB 79 75 72 - -
Duolingo 110+ (115+ English 101) 100+ 90+ 80+ -
TOEFL iBT
Reading 19 17 15 13 <13
Listening 19 17 15 13 <13
Speaking 19 16 14 12 <12
Total (TOEFL iBT): 79 71 64 57 <57

 

* Please note: Duolingo valid until Fall 2022. 

 

High School Courses[1]:

English 12 English 11 English 10 EAP 097
IELTS Academic Overall Band 6.0 and Writing Band 5.5 Overall Band 5.5 and Writing Band 5.5 Overall Band 5.0 and Writing Band 5.0 Overall Band 5.0 and Writing Band 4.5
LWA 3 2.5 1.5 1
Duolingo 100+ 90+ 85+ 80+

 

1. For placement purposes, all English tests scores are considered to have a shelf life of two years. This also applies to Secondary courses such as an English 12 in British Columbia and its equivalent elsewhere. Post-secondary courses listed in the BC Transfer Guide are considered to have a shelf-life of five years.