English Requirements and How to Meet Them

English requirements have been established to help you succeed. If you plan to study at BCIT, ensure you meet our English-proficiency standards. There are two ways to meet the requirements:

Or

2.   Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening:

Complete courses or assessments including ISEP, PELD, PTE Academic, TOEFL, or IELTS.

Options for demonstrating your proficiency in English

English 12 and Equivalencies

At BCIT, entrance requirements are program-specific. All programs require English 12, but the grade level varies. Be sure to check for the specific level of English required by your program (e.g., 67% in English 12).

If you do not meet the requirements, BCIT offers several options to help you upgrade your skills.

If you are applying to a trades program and have two years of education in an English-speaking country, you can meet the English 12 requirement with the BCIT English Trades Pre-entry Test.

1: Take a course at BCIT to upgrade your skill level
If your program requires: You need this mark in one of these BCIT courses:
COMM 0004 COMM 0005* COMM 1103 or
COMM 1106**
English 12 73%
N/A 80% 70%
English 12 67%
N/A 70% 60%
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
N/A 50% 50%
Technology Entry

50%
50%
50%

*Note: COMM 0007 (part of the Technology Entry program) is also acceptable.

**Note: Most BCIT 3.0 credit COMM courses at the 1000-level or higher are acceptable. Acceptable courses from BCIT's Technical Writing program are COMM 1007 and 1008 (both courses combined), or COMM 1009.

For more information or to register, contact Student Information and Enrolment Services at 604-434-1610 or toll-free at 1-866-434-1610 (Canada and the US only).


2: Take a post-secondary course at a recognized institute

This includes any 3 credits* of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences at the required grade level of English for your specific program (for example: 67% in History 100 meets the 67% in English 12 requirement).

* Credit calculations may vary by post-secondary institution.  Generally, an acceptable course is 3 hours of lecture per week for one 12-15 week term.


3: Take a test to verify your competency

1) BCIT English Reading and Writing Competency Assessment Test

Students who wish to take a test to meet a program's English requirements should register for COMM 0015. Note: There must be no more than two years between your test date and your BCIT program start date.

If your program requires: You need this mark for COMM 0015:
English 12 73%
80
English 12 67%
70
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
50
Technology Entry

50
A result of "U" on the BCIT transcript indicates that you do not meet the English requirement.

For more information or to register, contact Student Information and Enrolment Services at 604-434-1610 or toll-free at 1-866-434-1610 (Canada and the US only).

2) Language Proficiency Index (LPI)

Note: There must be no more than two years between your test date and your BCIT program start date.

If your program requires: You need this mark on the LPI Essay:
English 12
73% 5
English 12
67% 5
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
4
Technology Entry

4

For more information on the LPI, check the LPI website or email info@lpitest.ca.

3) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Note: There must be no more than two years between your test date and your BCIT program start date.

If your program requires: You need this mark on the SAT:
Critical Reading Score Essay Sub-score
English 12 73% 550 10
English 12
67% 525 9
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
500 8
Technology Entry

450
7

Our institution SAT number is 61612. More information on SAT

Two years of education in English

Applicants must have completed two years of study in a full-time English program (immersed in speaking and listening in English) in an English-speaking country. The period of two years can be calculated as 12 courses completed over 24 months or 15 courses completed over 36 months.

Unacceptable courses:

Acceptable courses:

English-speaking countries

Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Canada
Cayman Islands
Dominica
Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
Ireland
Jamaica
Kenya
Liberia
Mauritius
Montserrat
New Zealand
Nigeria
Singapore
South Africa
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Tanzania
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
United Kingdom
United States
United States Virgin Islands
Zimbabwe

If you have English 12 (or equivalent) but not two years in English education in an English-speaking country, you can take BCIT's COMM 0030 course or the COMM 0033 test.

Options for demonstrating your proficiency in English

If you do not have English 12, and you have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening by completing one of the following options:

BCIT International Student Entry Program (ISEP)
If your program requires: You need this mark in ISEP:
English 12 73% Level 6 – 70% overall average
English 12 67% Level 6 – 60% overall average
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
Level 5 – 60% overall average
or
Level 6 – 50% overall average
If your program is: You need this mark in ISEP:
Technology Entry (TE) Level 5 – 60% overall average
or
Level 6 – 50% overall average
Business Management Studies (BMS) Level 4 – 50% overall average

Learn more about ISEP


BCIT Professional English Language Development (PELD) Courses

Note:

  • Because PELD courses are part-time, they are not suitable for international applicants who require a study permit
  • COMM 0033 test results are valid for 2 years
If your program requires: You need this mark in the COMM 0005 course or the COMM 0015 test: And this mark in the COMM 0030 course or the COMM 0033 test:
English 12 73%
80% 80%
English 12 67% 70% 70%
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
50% 70%
Students who completed COMM 0030 prior to 2012: A mark of 65% is accepted for entrance as equivalent to 70%.
If your program is: You will need this course or test: And this for speaking and listening:
Technology Entry (TE)
COMM 0004 (50%)
or
COMM 0015 (placement in COMM 0005 or higher)
COMM 0029 (S grade)
or
COMM 0033 (60%)
Business Management Studies (BMS)
COMM 0015 (placement in COMM 0071 or higher)
Placement at COMM 0071 meets the speaking/listening requirement.

Learn more about PELD


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Note:

  • Only the TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) is acceptable; TOEFL paper-based tests are not acceptable
  • Only the TOEFL Official Score Report is acceptable; online test results are not acceptable
  • There must be no more than two years between your test date and your BCIT program start date

If your program requires: You need these scores on the TOEFL:
Overall Score
English 12 73% 90
English 12 67%
86
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
82
If your program is: You need these scores on the TOEFL:
Overall Score
Technology Entry (TE)
82
Business Management Studies (BMS)
70

Learn more about TOEFL


Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

Note: There must be no more than two years between your test date and your BCIT program start date.

If your program requires: You need these scores on the PTE Academic:
Overall Score
English 12 73% 65
English 12 67%
60
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
52
If your program is: You need these scores on the PTE Academic:
Overall Score
Technology Entry (TE)
52
Business Management Studies (BMS)
45

Learn more about the PTE Academic


International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Note:

  • Only IELTS Academic is acceptable; IELTS General Training is not acceptable
  • Only the official IELTS Test Report Form is acceptable; online test results are not acceptable
  • There must be no more than two years between your test date and your BCIT program start date
If your program requires: You need these scores on the IELTS:
Overall Score
English 12 73% 7
English 12 67%
6.5
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
6.0
If your program is: You need these scores on the IELTS:
Overall Score
Technology Entry (TE)
6.0
Business Management Studies (BMS)
5.5

Learn more about IELTS


Combination of Assessments and Courses

Note: Refer to the tables above for English level requirements.

If you satisfy the English requirements this way: You may satisfy the requirement for two years of education in English in an English-speaking country this way:
COMM 0015 test or COMM 0005 COMM 0030 course or COMM 0033 test
International Student Entry Program (ISEP) COMM 0030 course or COMM 0033 test
COMM 0015 or COMM 0005 ISEP
English 12 course or equivalent COMM 0030 course or COMM 0033 test
Eligible post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences
COMM 0030 course or COMM 0033 test
Language Proficiency Index (LPI) COMM 0030 course or COMM 0033 test
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) COMM 0030 course or COMM 0033 test

Other Language Program/Course Options
If your program requires: The following course marks are acceptable from Vancouver Community College:
English 12 73% CPEN 0992 / 0995 / 0996 all with a B
English 12 67% CPEN 0992 / 0995 / 0996 all with a C+
English 12
Communications 12
50%
67%
CPEN 0992 / 0995 / 0996 all with a C

English requirements for graduate programs

Students who do not have a minimum of two years full-time education at the post-secondary level in an English-speaking country will need to submit proof of English language proficiency.

Test results must be dated no more than two years from the start date of the program.

Acceptable tests and courses for graduate programs
BCIT International Student Entry Program (ISEP)
Level 6 - 60% overall average
BCIT Professional English Language Development (PELD) Courses
COMM 0015 test or COMM 0005 course – 70%
and
COMM 0033 test or COMM 0030 course – 70%
Note: PELD courses are part time and are not suitable for international applicants who require a study permit
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)
Overall score - 60
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each category)
Only IELTS Academic is acceptable; IELTS General Training is not acceptable
Only the official IELTS Test Report is acceptable; online test results are not acceptable