Important Change to First-year English Course Entry Requirement (LPI)

**There will be new ways to demonstrate eligibility for 100-level English courses at UBC beginning in 2016W (September 2016).

Here is the updated list of ways to be eligible (new paths are in bold).

  • a final grade of 75% in BC English 12 or equivalent*
  • a final grade of 80% in BC English 11 or equivalent**
  • a final grade of 3 or better in the Advanced Placement (AP) course in literature and composition
  • a final grade of 4 or better in Standard or Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) English A
  • a final grade of 70% in 3 credits of first-year English acceptable for transfer to UBC
  • 6 credits of first-year English acceptable for transfer to UBC, with a passing grade
  • a score of at least 5.0 on the essay section of the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Test Academic (CELPITA)
  • a score of 5 on the essay component of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) examination

Questions? Please visit our FAQ page and then contact first-year.english@ubc.ca

These new paths replace “interim grades,” which will no longer be used to assess eligibility for first-year English beginning in 2016W.

* BC English 12 (school mark plus government exam mark) equivalents determined by UBC Admissions. Equivalents include BC English Literature 12; English Language and Literature or Studies in Literature (ENG4U or OAC English) for Ontario applicants; grade 12/senior year English in an English curriculum secondary school, operating in a country where the primary language is English. Equivalence is determined by UBC Admissions.

** BC English 11 or grade 11/penultimate year English in an English curriculum secondary school, operating in a country where the primary language is English. Equivalence is determined by UBC Admissions.