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.

  • English Placement Test (EPT)

    English Placement Test (EPT)

    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
    Score Course Course Name
    0-28 ESL Pathway  ESL Pathway
    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
  • Math Placement Test (MPT)

    Math Placement Test (MPT)

    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)
    Score Placement (Eligibility)
    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.

    Download the MPT Study Guide

  • Chemistry Placement Test (CPT)

    Chemistry Placement Test (CPT)

    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
    Score Course Eligibility
    1 – 25 CHEM 100
    26 – 50 CHEM 101

    The duration of the CPT is 90 minutes

    Download the CPT Study Guide

  • Placement Test Rewrites

    Students who have previously completed an English or Math Placement test may sit for a rewrite once per semester.

    Eligibility Criteria

    In order to be eligible to rewrite a placement test, the following criteria must be observed by the student:

    • A placement test rewrite must be written in between semesters.
    • This period begins the day after the last class of the current term, and up to 3pm of the last day of the add/drop period for the subsequent term.
    • A placement test rewrite can be written during a term so long as the student is not currently enrolled in classes for which the test has any direct bearing. E.g.: A student is not currently taking an EAP course)
    • No student can write more than one (1) Test (initial placement or rewrite) in a term.
    • If a student writes an English or Math placement test rewrite outside this period, for any reason other than those stipulated above, the mark of the placement test rewrite will remain with the Placement Testing Officer until the criterion above are met. Once the mark for the Test is released, the Placement Testing Officer will submit the result to the Office of the Registrar, who will make the necessary notation in the student’s file and provide a copy to the student’s Education Advisor.

    How to Book a Rewrite

    1. The student must contact the Placement Test Administrator or Office of the Registrar to confirm their eligibility to rewrite a placement test.
    2. If eligible, the student must pay a $50 placement test rewrite fee to the Student Financial Services office.
    3. The student must see the Placement Test Administrator or Office of the Registrar to book an appointment.

    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, placementtesting@alexandercollege.ca

    Alternately, you can contact the Office of the Registrar, admissions@alexandercollege.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I book a placement test online?
    1. Go to myac.alexandercollege.ca
    2. Login using your 8 digit Student ID number and your password.
    3. Click on the ‘Make an Appointment’ tab
    4. Choose the subject of the test that you would like to take: English, Math or Chemistry
    5. Choose your preferred time date and time, and click ‘register’
    6. Click on the ‘My Appointments’ tab to check the status of previous and upcoming test appointments
  • What should I bring on the day of the test?

    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.

  • What happens if I forget to bring the required ID to my test appointment?

    You will not be able to take the test and your appointment will be considered a ‘no show.’

  • Where should I go when I arrive at Alexander College for my placement test appointment?

    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.

  • How will I get my placement test results?

    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: placementtesting@alexandercollege.ca

  • Can I cancel my appointment?

    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.

  • What happens if I miss my appointment?

    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.

  • Can I rewrite a placement test?

    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.


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