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:

  • Present minimum external standardized English test scores (see below).
  • Present minimum required scores in English 12 in British Columbia.
  • Present minimum required scores in first-year English taken at another college or at university in British Columbia, listed in the British Columbia Transfer Guide
  • Take the Columbia College’s Language & Writing Assessment (LWA)

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.

The minimum scores for placement in an English course are as follows:

English Language Requirements

University Transfer Courses and Noncredit English Courses[1]:

 

English 100

English 099

English 098

EAP 097[2]

EAP <097

IELTS[2] 

Overall Band 6.5 and Writing Band 6.0

Overall Band 6.0 and Writing Band 5.5

Overall Band 5.5 and Writing Band 5.0

Overall Band 5.0 and 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 one of the three components

 

 

LWA

5

3

2

1

 

MELAB

79

75

72

 

 

TOEFL IBT 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading

19

17

15

13

<13

Listening

19

17

15

13

<13

Speaking

19

16

14

12

<12

Total[3]

79

71

64

57

<57

DET Duolingo [4]

110+
115+ English 101 

100+

90+

80+

 

High School Courses[1]:

  English 12 English 11 English 10 ESL 097  
IELTS[3] 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  
* DET 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.
  2. Academic Test
  3. To achieve the “Total” score the student must score more than the minimum in at least one component.
  4. Duolingo English Test is temporarily being accepted for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semester due to the COVID-19 situation and the closure of various other testing centers.