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Assessment in the subject areas of English, mathematics, and chemistry is available to students who are unable to meet admission and/or course requirements based on their previous educational history.
Test sessions are normally held Monday through Friday mornings at the Burnaby campus. Appointments can be booked from the MyAC student portal.
Students who choose to enroll in Alexander College without documentation of English proficiency are required to complete the English Placement Test (EPT). The result of this assessment will determine whether a student possesses adequate English language and writing skills for direct entry to university-level studies. Placement test results are valid for a period of two years from the date of sitting.
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.
A student may rewrite the EPT once per semester (see policy: Placement Test Rewrites).
Students are placed based on their EPT score, as follows:
|English Placement Test Scoring Table||Course Name|
|0-13||ENGL 094||English Foundations 1: Upper-Beginner|
|14-28||ENGL 095||English Foundations 2: Lower- Intermediate|
|29-43||ENGL 096||Academic Preparation: Intermediate|
|44-58||ENGL 097||Academic Preparation: Upper-Intermediate|
|59-73||ENGL 098||Academic Preparation: Lower-Advanced|
|74-88||ENGL 099||Academic Preparation: Advanced|
|89-100||ENGL 100||Strategies for University Writing|
Note: Alexander College does not accept internal English placement or assessment tests written at other institutions.
The duration of the EPT is 95 minutes
Applicants to the College who have not completed BC Mathematics 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C are automatically placed in MATH 099.
Students who do not meet the math requirement and wish to enroll in a first-year mathematics course are required to complete the Math Placement Test (MPT). The result of this assessment will determine whether a student possesses adequate Mathematics skills for direct entry to university-level mathematics (calculus). Placement test results are valid for a period of two years from the date of sitting. A student may rewrite the MPT once per semester (see policy: Placement Test Rewrites).
Students are placed based on their MPT score, as follows:
|Mathematics Placement Test (MPT)|
|Part 1||Part 2|
|< 15||MATH 099|
|> 15||< 8||MATH 100|
|> 15||> 8||MATH 104|
|> 15||> 10||MATH 151|
The duration of the MPT is 80 minutes.
Alexander College’s Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is an assessment designed to test equivalent knowledge of the BC Grade 11 and 12 chemistry curriculum, which is required for success in university-level chemistry. The result of this assessment will determine whether a student possesses adequate knowledge for entry to university-level chemistry.
Students are placed based on their CPT score, as follows:
|Chemistry Placement Test Scoring Table|
|1 – 25||CHEM 100|
|26 – 50||CHEM 101|
The duration of the CPT is 90 minutes
Students who have previously completed an English or Math Placement test may sit for a rewrite once per semester.
In order to be eligible to rewrite a placement test, the following criteria must be observed by the student:
If you are experiencing difficulty booking a Placement Test, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding Placement Testing, contact the Placement Test Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternately, you can contact the Office of the Registrar, email@example.com
Bring ONE piece of photo ID, which can be either your Alexander College student ID card or a government-issued photo ID, such as: passport, driver’s license, or BC ID card.
Cell phones, dictionaries, calculators, translators and other devices are not permitted.
You will not be able to take the test and your appointment will be considered a ‘no show.’
When you arrive, check in with the Front Desk at the entrance of the College. Be sure to arrive at least ten minutes before the tests scheduled start time.
You will receive your test results in the Placement Testing section of your MyAC student portal. If you have any questions about your placement test result, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. Appointments can be cancelled up to 1 business day before the test. You cannot cancel an appointment on the same day of the test. If you do not come to your test appointment without cancelling, the appointment will be considered a ‘no show.’
To cancel an appointment log in to your account, click on the ‘My Appointments’ tab, and press the CANCEL button located next to the upcoming test.
Your absence will be considered a ‘no show.’ If you reach two no shows, you will be blocked from using the online booking system. To be able to book an appointment again, you must pay a non-refundable fee of $50 at the Student Financial Services Office. After paying, you must take your receipt to the Office of the Registrar or to the Placement Test Administrator and your account will be unblocked.
Yes. You can retake a test in between semesters and provided you are not currently enrolled in the classes of the subjects for which you are taking a test. The period between semesters begins the day after the last class of the current term and up to 3:00 pm of the last day of the add/drop period for the subsequent term. To make sure you are eligible to rewrite a test, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Before you can retake the test, you must pay a non-refundable fee of $50 at the Student Financial Services Office. After paying, you must take your receipt to the Office of the Registrar to book your appointment.