Program Entry

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective September 1, 2017, the tuition portion of our courses is free for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents but students will need to pay for the ancillary fees (ex. student association fees, BCIT ID card fees, etc.). Students may also apply for the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) if they qualify to do so. This grant is intended to help support the costs associated with student fees, textbooks, unsubsidized childcare, and transportation for students in need of financial assistance. To learn more about the grant or to download the application form, please click Upgrading and ESL Funding and submit the form to the Financial Aid office before the last day of your course.

There are several different ways for students to enroll in our PELD courses. As a general entrance requirement, students must have at least ONE of the following options completed for course registration approvals:

COMM 0015 and COMM 0033 Assessments:

If students are new to BCIT and have not completed English 12 nor taken any IELTS, TOEFL, or CLB tests, they will be required to write the COMM 0015 (reading and writing) and/or the COMM 0033 (speaking and listening) assessments for course placement. The test results will determine which level(s) students will be placed into (see chart below) depending on their test results. Our assessments and courses are offered at the upper intermediate to advanced levels only thus, the COMM 0015 and/or COMM 0033 assessments will NOT guarantee a placement for students if their test scores are too low for our program. We encourage beginners or students at a lower English level to upgrade or improve their language skills elsewhere before taking our assessments. Students are also required to pay for the assessment(s) with no exceptions.

NOTE: The assessment fees are non-refundable but if students would like to reschedule their test date, they must pay a transfer fee and contact the Registration office at 604-434-1610 or visit them in person before the date and time of your original test date.

English 12 Transcripts

Students who have already completed English 12 in high school or through an adult education center in a Canadian city will be given an approval to register for available COMM 0005 and/or COMM 0030 courses. Both of these courses are equivalent to English 12 at BCIT; however, for students who are unsure of whether they need to take one or both of these courses to meet entrance requirements for other BCIT programs/technologies, please be sure to discuss with our Program Advisors first before enrolling in the courses. A copy of your transcript must be sent to PELD@bcit.ca for course registration approval along with your BCIT student number. If you do not already have a BCIT student number, please create one or call the Registration office at 604-434-1610 for assistance.

University Degrees or College Diplomas

For students who have already completed a university degree or college diploma in an English speaking country, please provide a copy of your transcript as well as a copy of your degree/diploma. The transcript will be assessed accordingly and if it is accepted by the department, you will then receive a general approval to register for the available course(s) that are assigned to you. Please send the transcript and degree/diploma to PELD@bcit.ca along with your BCIT student number. If you do not already have a BCIT student number, please create one or call the Registration office at 604-434-1610 for assistance.

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Scores:

CLB and/or LINC scores are accepted for placement into ALL of our courses assuming that the minimum scores are met (see chart below). Students who have taken the CLB/LINC test within the last 12 months will not need to take the COMM 0015 and/or COMM 0033 assessments. Please send a copy of your CLB scores to PELD@bcit.ca for course registration approval along with your BCIT student number. If you do not already have a BCIT student number, please create one or call the Registration office at 604.434.1610 for assistance.

PELD COURSES Reading
(Min. score required)
Writing
(Min. score required)
Listening
(Min. score required)
Speaking
(Min. score required)
COMM 0071 5 5 ---- ----
COMM 0003 6 6 ---- ----
COMM 0004 7 7 ---- ----
COMM 0005 8 8 ---- ----
COMM 0029 ---- ---- 5 5
COMM 0030 ---- ---- 7 7

NOTE: Students who receive a score of "3" or "4" in either reading or writing will NOT be placed into any reading and writing courses. Similarly, students who receive a score of "3" or "4" in either speaking or listening will also NOT be placed into any speaking and listening courses. Thus, a minimum score of "5" in each of the four categories is required for placement into our courses.

IELTS and TOEFL Scores:

Both IELTS (academic format only) and TOEFL (iBT format only) scores are accepted for placement into the PELD program (see chart below). Students who have taken either the IELTS or TOEFL tests within the last two years will not need to take the COMM 0015 and/or the COMM 0033 assessments. Please send a copy of your IELTS or TOEFL scores to PELD@bcit.ca for course registration approval along with your BCIT student number. If you do not already have a BCIT student number, please create one or call the Registration office at 604-434-1610 for assistance.

PELD
COURSES
IELTS READING AND WRITING
SCORES REQUIRED
IELTS SPEAKING AND LISTENING
SCORES REQUIRED
OVERALL TOEFL
SCORES REQUIRED
COMM 0071 4.5 - -
COMM 0003 5.0 - -
COMM 0004 5.5 - -
COMM 0005 6.0 - 80
COMM 0029
- 5.5 70
COMM 0030 - 6.0 80

ISEP Scores:

Students who have completed some or all levels from the ISEP program at BCIT can transfer into our PELD program without taking any further assessments. If you have completed the following levels from the ISEP program and would like to transfer over to PELD, please send an email to PELD@bcit.ca along with your BCIT student number to request for approval:

Vancouver Community College (VCC) Pathway Program:

Students who have completed some or all levels from the Pathway program at Vancouver Community College (VCC) can transfer into our PELD program without taking any further assessments. If you have completed the following levels from the Pathway program and would like to transfer over to PELD, please send an email to PELD@bcit.ca along with your BCIT student number to request for approval:


 For any questions regarding program entry, please email PELD@bcit.ca and a response will be provided within five business days