Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


In order to take a first-year English course at UBC-Vancouver, students must achieve a 75% final grade in BC English 12, or achieve any one of the approved equivalent standards listed below; this is the First-year English Course Entry Requirement.

The First-year English Course Entry Requirement is entirely separate and distinct from the English Language Admission Standard used for admission to UBC-Vancouver, and is a requirement specific to first-year courses in the Department of English.

In order to maintain your registration in First-Year English courses, you must meet the First-year English Course Entry Requirement by the deadline listed for the term in which you are registered. See deadlines for exact dates.

Eligibility checking begins after we receive the results from the deadline LPI sitting and we have received final BC English 12 grades from the Ministry of Education, typically early August for September courses, early November for September courses, and late March for summer courses.

For students more familiar with the LPI requirement, it may help you to know that the First-year English Course Entry Requirement is just a simpler explanation and more accurate naming of the LPI Requirement; the Calendar rules that it expresses remain the same. As levels of student achievement have improved, more students are qualifying for First-year English courses through their high school grades, so we have shifted the emphasis of our explanation of the Calendar regulation.

Please note that new ways to demonstrate eligibility have been added, beginning in 2016W. Interim and course-in-progress grades are no longer used; options around grade 11 final grades and transfer credits have been added.


*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.

If you were admitted to UBC prior to September 2009, please contact your Faculty's advising office to confirm your degree requirements.

Transcripts for students from outside of British Columbia are assessed and, where applicable, assigned BC-equivalent grades by the UBC Admissions Office. If you have any questions about how your course is evaluated, contact your ESP or the UBC Admissions Office directly at admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca, www.askme.ubc.ca, or 1-877-272-1422.

All requests for transfer credit from other post-secondary institutions are assessed by the UBC Admissions Office.

The Department of English does not determine transfer credit or course equivalency.

First, check the list of ways to meet the First-year English Course Entry Requirement to ensure that you have not met it another way. If not, you should write the Language Proficiency Index Test and if you achieve a level 5 on the essay portion, you will have met the Course Entry Requirement, as long as you write the test on or before the required deadline date.

Similar to a challenge test, the LPI assesses a student's readiness to pursue academic work in critical reading and writing at a university level. If you plan to meet the First-year English Course Entry Requirement by writing the LPI, we encourage you to write the test as early as possible and to check with your Faculty Advising Office to determine if they have an earlier LPI deadline in place.

The LPI is administered by Paragon Testing Enterprise at UBC. Please visit http://www.lpitest.ca/ for more information or to register for an upcoming examination date.

If you do not achieve a Level 5 on the LPI by the posted deadline, we strongly advise you to enroll in one of the non-credit writing courses--Writing 098/099--offered by the Writing Centre at UBC. Please visit www.writingcentre.ubc.ca or call 604-822-9564 for additional information.

Please note The First-Year English Office cannot give out information on LPI scores. If you have any questions regarding your results, please contact Paragon Testing Enterprise directly for more information.

2017 Term 1 (September 2017)
LPI to be written on or before: Saturday, 15 July 2017
Deadline Applies to: All Students

 

2016 Term 2 (January 2018)
LPI to be written on or before Saturday, 21 October 2017
Deadline Applies to: All Students

 

Summer Session (Summer 2017)
LPI to be written on or before: Saturday, 11 February 2017
Deadline Applies to: All Students

 

If you plan to meet the Course Entry Requirement by writing the LPI, please contact Paragon Testing for information about the scheduled sittings of the test: http://www.lpitest.ca/.

  1. Inform yourself about your Faculty's First-Year English requirement and find out which courses are required or recommended for your degree program.
  2. Determine if you have met the First-year English Course Entry Requirement, or if you need to complete the LPI Examinationto be eligible for a first-year English course.
  3. Check the sections and schedules for the First-Year English courses being offered in the term(s) for which you are registering. It is very important for you to choose a time that will work well with your schedule as changing sections at a later date may not be possible.
  4. Register for your First-Year English course(s) on your registration date. If you would like to register for 6 credits of First-Year English in the Winter Session, be sure to register for one course in Term 1 and one course in Term 2. You are only permitted to register for one First-Year English course per term. You should register for these classes even if you have not yet met the First-year English Course Entry Requirement.As long as you successfully meet the Course Entry Requirement by the posted deadline, your registration in these classes will not be affected.
  5. If the course you would like to take is full, register yourself on a waiting list.
  6. If you are student who has not yet met the Course Entry Requirement, you may need to write the LPI Test. If you are a newly admitted International student or an out of province student who will be unable to access the LPI prior to coming to UBC, we suggest that you register for a First-Year English course in Term 2 and take the LPI at one of the sittings in Term 1 (on or before the Term 2 LPI deadline date).

Yes. All students seeking to take a first-year English course must meet the same requirement.

If you are a Transfer Student to UBC, you should know that your application might not have required your high school grades, and these may not be in your UBC file. Please forward a copy of your final, official High School transcript to the UBC Admissions Office and ask that your student record be updated with your BC-equivalent English 12 or English Literature 12 grade. Your Faculty may put an "LPI block" on your registration if your file does not demonstrate that you have met the First-year English Course Entry Requirement or passed the LPI by their deadline. You will need to speak to your Faculty Advising Office if your registration has been blocked because your file does not show a 75% final grade in English 12, a 5 on the LPI or one of the other approved equivalents.

If you are a Visiting Student, a Graduate Student or an Unclassified Student, you must either complete the LPI successfully or provide the First-Year English Office with official documentation of your high school record or previous university English credits, as such information does not typically appear in these UBC student files. Please contact the First-Year English Office directly about your First-year English eligibility status. The First-Year English Office can be reached at first-year.english@ubc.ca. If you have completed a previous degree at a North American university, you may qualify to write the English Exemption Examination.

* The UBC Admissions Office can be reached at admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca or 604-822-3014/1-877-272-1422.

Students who have not met the First-year English Course Entry Requirement through one of the other standards may meet it by achieving a final grade of 70% or better in ASTU 150 or WRDS 150. WRDS 150/ASTU 150 also counts as 3 credits toward the 6-transferrable-credit path to meeting the First-year English Course Entry Requirement.

  1. The UBC Writing Centre offers two non-credit courses -- Writing 098 and Writing 099--designed to help students prepare for university writing and the LPI. If you are unsuccessful after two attempts at writing the LPI, we strongly encourage you to enroll in one of these courses in order to increase your preparedness. Many students who have taken these programs have gone on to successfully pass the LPI examination. Please visit writingcentre.ubc.ca for more information.
  2. The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication offers a free tutoring service for UBC students. You may wish to work with a tutor to address any specific concerns that you have with your writing. Please visit library.ubc.ca/writing-centre for information on their programs and services.

  1. If at some point during registration all of the sections of first-year English are full, the First-Year English Office will open waiting lists.
  2. Once the waiting lists have opened, your registration access for first-year English courses will be limited to either dropping a class or adding one waiting list per term through the Student Service Centre.
  3. If seats are available, you will be able to switch sections for Term 1 courses until mid-summer. Except in highly unusual extenuating circumstances, switches between classes will not be permitted after the start of term. Before switching sections, be sure that there is an open, available seat for you in your preferred class. First-Year students do not have access to "restricted" seats in first-year English courses. If you have a specific reason for a section change (i.e. varsity athletics, a timetable conflict with a required course etc.), please send an email to First-Year.English@ubc.ca for assistance.
  4. Once the final English 12 and LPI results arrive in mid-August, the First-Year English Office will begin the process of confirming the eligibility of students who are registered in first-year English classes or on waitlists. Please be sure that you have met the First-year English Course Entry Requirement by your deadline to ensure that you will not be dropped from your Term 1 course or waitlist during this process.
  5. After eligibility checks are completed, the First-year English Office will move eligible students from the Term 1 waiting list into available seats. If you are registered on a waiting list at that time, the First-Year English Office will check your timetable and, space permitting, move you into a class that fits into your timetable. Please check the Student Service Centre regularly in late August and September. It is your responsibility to check your registration to see if you have been moved from a waiting list into a course or discussion group. Work on the Term 2 waiting lists will take place in mid-December.
  6. If you are having difficulty registering for a waiting list, please contact the First-Year English Office at 604-822-4247/604-822-4259 or First-Year.English@ubc.ca. Please include your full name and UBC student when corresponding with our office. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive in peak periods, allow 1-2 business days for a reply. Please do not leave multiple messages for different people on the same issue--this will only slow down the process and delay our response time.
  7. The First-Year English Office is unable to accept in-person, email, or telephone requests for waiting list registration.

In the event that you cannot register directly into a First-Year English course, please see Registration Suggestions.

Students with an AP English mark of 4 OR 5, a Higher-Level IB English mark of 5, 6, or 7, or an Advanced-Level English literature mark of "B" or "A" from the British system are eligible for advanced credit in first-year English. Advanced credit for AP, IB and British-system Advanced-level courses is assigned by Enrollment Services. For further inquiries, please contact the Admissions Office at 604-822-3014 or at admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca. AP, IB and British-system A-level credits are based upon final grades only; predicted grades cannot be considered.

For further information, please visit http://www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=2,279,0,0.

If you have completed six credits of First-Year English (ASTU 150/ WRDS 150 counts as 3 credits) and want to be placed into a Second-Year English course, please contact English.Undergraduate@ubc.ca.

First-year English courses generally follow the English Department Attendance Policy which states that attendance is expected, and that students who miss 40% of class hours may be barred from the final examination.

In addition, students who are reported to have missed the first three hours of their first-year English course (or another substantial block of class time) will be sent an Attendance letter by email; this letter is copied to the student's Faculty.

If you have been accepted to UBC and you have earned a previous degree at a North American university (where English is the language of instruction) but have not taken the equivalent of 6 credits of UBC's First-Year English coursework, you may be eligible to write the Exemption Examination. Proof of completion of a previous degree must be presented when the test is written. The department does not charge a fee for this test, but out-of-province students must arrange for the required invigilation and pay for the courier costs if they plan to write at another institution. (Applicants to the Faculties of Education and Medicine should note that they are not permitted to write this test in lieu of completing required First-Year English courses.)

Learn about The English Exemption Examination

Yes. The First-year English Course Entry Requirement is just a simpler explanation and more accurate naming of the LPI Requirement, but the Calendar rules that it expresses remain the same. As levels of student achievement have improved, more students are qualifying for First-year English courses through their high school grades, so we have shifted the emphasis of our explanation of the Calendar regulation.

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