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All courses at Alexander College have minimum English proficiency requirements.

The following equivalencies can be used to determine a students English eligibility level (also referred to as ‘English level’) or ‘English placement’).

  • BC English 12
    Course Name Final Grade Eligibility
    English 12, Writing 12, or First Peoples 12 A/B ENGL 100
    English 12, Writing 12, or First Peoples 12 C+/C ENGL 099
    English 12, Writing 12, or First Peoples 12 C- ENGL 098
    Communications 12 A/B ENGL 099
    Communications 12 C+/C/C- ENGL 098

    Note: The province of British Columbia does not distinguish grades of A+/A/A- or B+/B/B-. For the purposes of placement according to the above table, a grade of B- is considered a B.

  • Other Canadian Provinces, English 12
    Province English 12 Equivalent
    British Columbia and Yukon Territory English 12, Communications 12, First Peoples 12
    Alberta, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories ELA 30-1 + 30-2, or English 30
    Saskatchewan English A30 and English B30
    Manitoba English 40S or 40U (Comprehensive/Literary/Transactional focus)
    Ontario ENG4U or ENG4C
    Quebec English 4U or AP English 4U
    Two terms English Language
    Nova Scotia English 12 or English 12 African Heritage
    New Brunswick English 120, 121 or 122
    Prince Edward Island English 611 or 621
    Newfoundland and Labrador English 3201
  • Canadian Certified Offshore Schools

    The BC Global Education Program makes it possible for school in other countries (offshore schools) to offer BC curriculum to international students. In China, offshore schools are referred to as ‘Sino-Canadian schools.”

    In order to qualify as an offshore school, specific standards must be met. For example, they must employ BC-certified teachers and maintain adequate facilities.

    In order for the English 12 mark from an offshore school to satisfy the English proficiency requirement, the transcript must be accompanied the Canadian graduation certificate (certificates may be issued by any participating province). Without the Canadian graduation certificate, Sino-Canada transcripts are to be assessed as Chinese, and thus international English 12 cannot be used for English placement.

    For more information about BC Certified offshore schools, please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=ED64DCA20D62461EA971C1AF8CC314EF

    To check the list of certified institutions, please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=A372D5EE9D5D48F68F462A450E70CE73

  • International English 12 from Designated English-Speaking Countries

    Alexander College will accept, for the purposes of meeting the English proficiency requirement, English 12 taken in one of the following countries in which English is designated as the primary and official language, and the principle language of instruction.

    Anguilla Antigua & Barbuda Australia
    Bahamas Barbados Bermuda
    Belize Botswana British Virgin Islands
    Canada (including Quebec) Cayman Islands Dominica
    Falkland Islands Fiji Gambia
    Ghana Gibraltar Grenada
    Guyana Ireland Jamaica
    Kenya Lesotho Liberia
    Malta Mauritius Montserrat
    New Zealand Nigeria Seychelles
    Sierra Leone Singapore South Africa
    St. Helena St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines Trinidad and Tobago Tanzania
    Turks and Caicos Islands Uganda United Kingdom (including England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)
    United States of America (including unincorporated territories of American Samoa, Guam, and US Virgin Islands) Zambia Zimbabwe
  • Alexander College ENGL 099

    Completion of Alexander College ENGL 099 – English Academic Preparation, with a grade of ‘C’ or higher.

    General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) ‘O’ Level examination results may be placed as follows:

    Course Name Final Grade Eligibility
    O-Level English (First Language) B or higher ENGL 100
    O-Level English (First Language) C or higher ENGL 099
    O-Level English (First Language) D or lower  Not accepted

    General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘A’ Level examination results may be given advanced standing or credit, at the discretion of the Dean.

  • International Baccalaureate

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) is offered in many countries around the world. Alexander College follows the BC Transfer Guide’s comprehensive listing of IB equivalencies. This guide is available at http://www.bctransferguide.ca/guides/ib/

    Course Name Final Grade Eligibility
    Language A (English) 5 or higher Credit for ENGL 101 (3)
    Language A (English) 3 or higher ENGL 100
    *this must be a Language A course, (for all other course titles, students would need to bring course outlines and have the courses evaluated for placement).
  • Advanced Placement (AP)

    The Advanced Placement (AP) program is offered by many schools in Canada and the US via College Board. Alexander College follows the BC Transfer Guide’s comprehensive listing of AP equivalencies. This guide is available at http://www.bctransferguide.ca/search/ap

    Course Grade Eligibility
    English Literature and Composition or

    English Language and Composition

    4 or higher Credit for ENGL 100 (Eligible for ENGL 101)
    English Literature and Composition or

    English Language and Composition

    3 ENGL 100
  • BCCAT Articulated Post-Secondary English

    BCCAT transferable post-secondary English courses may be used for English placement with a passing grade of D or higher. Equivalencies can be determined using the BC Transfer Guide online at www.bctransferguide.ca

  • BC Articulated English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    Resource: The Articulation Guide for English as a Second Language Programs in the British Columbia Post-Secondary Transfer System is published by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and is updated semi-annually. http://bccat.ca/pubs/ESL_Articulation_guide%202014-2015_June%2030_2014_Final.pdf

    Courses are listed by equivalency level using the numerals I-IV. These levels correspond to Alexander College EAP levels 096-099, as follows:

    Individual courses are listed according to 4 sections: reading, writing, oral/aural, and integrated skills. The student is required to complete either all courses in the reading, writing, and oral/aural columns, or all courses in the integrated skills column.

    Determination of Passing Mark:

    In order to be considered as having completed an equivalent course at the institution listed, the student must have achieved a final grade in the course sufficient to progress to the next level at that institution. Please note that each institution employs a different grade scale, and the passing mark for EAP courses can be as high as a B grade. The admitting Officer is responsible for verifying the EAP grading scheme of the institution to ensure that the student is placed appropriately.

    In some cases, the student may be granted a pass grade in the course, but not be permitted to progress to the next level. In this instance, the student would be qualified to retake the same level at Alexander College.

    If the student receives a failing grade or withdraws from their course, it cannot be used for placement and he/she must demonstrate the English proficiency another way.

    Articulation Guide Level (‘C’ grade or higher) Equivalency
    Level I ENGL 096
    Level II ENGL 097
    Level III ENGL 098
    Level IV ENGL 099
  • ESL University Pathways
    School Course Minimum Grade Eligibility
    Canadian as a Second Language Institute Academic Pathway Program 80% or higher in each of: level 10,11,12 ENGL 100
    Canadian as a Second Language Institute Advanced Curriculum 80% or higher in level 9 ENGL 099
    EC Canada Pre-Advanced 65% or higher ENGL 100
    EC Canada Upper Intermediate 65% or higher ENGL 099
    Academic Reading and Writing B (80%) or higher
    Inlingua Vancouver Level V, UPC B or higher ENGL 100
    Inlingua Vancouver Level IV, B B or higher ENGL 099
    International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) Pathway Program, Level III 3.2 (70%) or higher ENGL 100
    International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) Pathway Program, Level III 3.1 (50%) ENGL 099
    International Language Schools of Canada (ILSC) Level A2 B (70%) or higher ENGL 100
    International Language Schools of Canada (ILSC) Level A1 B (70%) or higher ENGL 099
    International Language Schools of Canada (ILSC) Level I4 B (70%) or higher ENGL 098
    ITTTI Vancouver General English Upper Intermediate C or higher ENGL 098
    ITTTI Vancouver General English Advanced C or higher ENGL 099
    St. George International College (SGIC) University College Preparation Program (UCPP) Overall mark of 70% or higher ENGL 099

    A transcript of grades and certificate of completion are required.

    Final grades for courses completed at an ESL partner are considered as valid for a period 2 years after completion.

  • Standardized Test Results (IELTS, TOEFL, LPI, etc.)
    English for Academic Purposes Direct Entry (University Transfer or Associate Degree)
    Test Type ENGL 098+ 2 University Courses ENGL 099+ 3 University Courses ENGL 100
    IELTS 5.0 overall, writing > 5.0, and no bands below 4.5 5.5 overall, writing > 5.5, and no bands below 5.0 6.0 and writing > 6.0
    PBT TOEFL 510 530 and Essay Rating 3.5 550 and Essay Rating 4.0
    CBT TOEFL 180 197 and Essay Rating 3.5 213 and Essay Rating 4.0
    IBT TOEFLTOEFL Institution Code: 3317 64 overall, and 15 in reading, 15 in writing, 14 in listening,14 in speaking 71 overall, and 17 in reading, 17 in writing, 16 in listening,16 in speaking 80 overall, and 19 in reading, 19 in writing, 18 in listening,18 in speaking
    LPI 3, essay 20 and 50% on one of the three components 3, essay 20, and 50% on each of the three components 4 and Essay 24
    Pearson Test of English (PTE), Academic 50 overall, > 50 in writing 55 overall, > 55 in writing 60 overall, >60 in writing
    CAEL 40 overall, > 45 in writing 50 overall, > 50 in writing 60 overall, > 60 in writing
  • English Placement Test (EPT)

    If the result of the EPT indicates that a student is not prepared for university-level study in the English language, he or she may alternately be admitted to the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. The EAP program is a full-time, integrated, intensive English and academic skills program designed to prepare students for college and university studies in the English language.

    Applicants whose EPT results indicate insufficient literacy in the English language are not admissible to the College. In the event that an admitted student is unable to commence studies due to the result of their EPT, they may defer the commencement of their studies. A student may rewrite the EPT once per semester (see policy: Placement Test Rewrites).

    Note: Alexander College does not accept internal English placement or assessment tests written at other institutions.

    EPT tests are available Monday-Friday afternoons. Please inquire for time and location.

  • Other

    G.E.D Testing Program

    Course Grade Eligibility
    Language Arts, Writing Averaged score of 450 ENGL 100
    Language Arts, Reading