Assessment in the subject areas of English and Mathematics are 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 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 as an Additional Language (EAL) program. The EAL 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: Eligibility Criteria).
|English Placement Test Scoring Table|
|0-28||ENGL 068||English Foundations|
|29-43||ENGL 078||English Beginner|
|44-58||ENGL 088||English Intermediate|
|59-73||ENGL 098||Academic Preparation: Lower-Advanced|
|74-88||ENGL 099||Academic Preparation: Advanced|
|89-100||ENGL 100||Strategies for University Writing|
The online practice AC ESL placement test is designed to provide a student with a general indication what ESL level might be appropriate for the learner to begin their ESL study at Alexander College. The practice ESL placement test allows a student to get familiar with the testing methods of the actual online ESL placement test. The AC Placement Test is 30 minutes in length and focuses on Listening, Grammar and Speaking.
Applicants to the college who have not completed BC Mathematics 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C are automatically placed at MATH 099 level (i.e., eligible for MATH 099).
Alternatively, students who wish to have their math level assessed may take an internal Math Placement Test (MPT). The result of the MPT will determine whether a student possesses adequate Mathematics skills for direct entry to university-level mathematics (calculus).
The MPT test sessions are held in-person at the Burnaby campus. The test duration is 80 minutes.
The MPT is scored 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|
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).
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 government issued photo ID or your Alexander College student ID card, a pencil and an eraser.
Cell phones, dictionaries, calculators, translators and other devices are not permitted. Scrap paper will be provided by the test administrator.
You will not be able to take the test and your appointment will be considered a ‘no show.’ Please see “What happens if I miss my appointment?” for more information.
When you arrive, please proceed to the classroom as indicated in the pre-test email (sent the day before your test). We strongly recommend that test takers arrive 10 minutes before the test start time.
Please note that the door will be closed at the start time of the test and no late arrivals will be admitted. Please see “What happens if I miss my appointment?” for more information.
You will receive your test results in the Placement Testing tab of your MyAC student portal, under ‘My Results.’ It typically takes 2-3 business days for results to be posted. 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.
Due to the nature of the test, late arrivals are not permitted entry. The door to the testing room is closed promptly at the test start time. If you are late for a scheduled test, or if you do not appear at all for your scheduled test, you will be marked as a ‘no show’ and will need to rebook for another date.
After two ‘no shows’ recorded, 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 (see “How to Book a Rewrite” above).
|Burnaby Campus||Room number(s) 202-208||Monday to Friday 9:00am-4:00pm|
|Burnaby Campus||4805 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, V5H 4T6||(604)435-5815|
|Admissions Unit||Registration Unit||Student Records Unit|
email@example.comPlacement testing services:
|Transfer Credit Unit||Registrar|