As a UBC student, you’re expected to have excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills in English – regardless of your first language or citizenship. To ensure you develop those skills, all UBC undergraduate students are required to earn between three and six credits of writing, communication, or English.
Is this the same thing as the English Language Admission Standard?
No, they’re two different things. The English Language Admission Standard (ELAS) is an admissions requirement that you had to meet before being admitted to UBC. Your faculty’s first-year writing, communication, or English requirements are something you need to meet now that you’re a UBC student.
What are my first-year writing, communication, or English requirements?
To check how many credits you must complete and which courses will fulfill your degree requirements, please refer to the undergraduate degree requirements for your faculty on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.
What is the first-year English course entry requirement?
To stay enrolled in your first-year English courses, you must meet the first-year English course entry requirement on the Okanagan campus. One way to do this is by writing the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test, an exam that assists UBC in determining your competency in writing at a university level.
First-year English courses on the Vancouver campus do not have any pre-requisites.
Do I have to write the LPI test?
Review your options for meeting the first-year English course entry requirement on the Okanagan campus. Please note that the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) do not exempt you from the LPI test. If you do need to write the LPI test, you can register online.
You do not need to write the LPI test.