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English

VCC offers the following English assessments:

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
    • CLBPT (Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test)
    • VCC ELA (VCC English Language Assessment)
  • VCC ABE reading and writing assessments

 

Which assessment should you take?

A VCC program advisor can help you determine which assessment you should take.

An English as an Additional Language (EAL) assessment is recommended if:

  • English is your second or additional language and you have studied ESL, transitional English or communications OR
  • English is your second or additional language and you have not studied at least 3 years of academic English in a Canadian high school 

An Adult Basic Education (ABE) reading & writing assessment is recommended if:

  • English is your first language OR
  • English is your second or additional language and you have completed at least 3 years of academic English in a Canadian high school

EAL assessments for VCC students

There are two kinds of EAL assessments at VCC:

  • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT) and
  • VCC English Language Assessment (ELA).

The program you want to take will determine which assessment(s) you may need. A program advisor can help you learn which assessments you should take for your program.

Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT)

The CLBPT assesses reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and is completed over approximately two hours.

VCC English Language Assessment (ELA)

The ELA includes a written portion that assesses reading, writing, listening and grammar skills and takes approximately 3 ½ hrs. The assessment also includes an additional 15 minute speaking assessment with an assessor. A brief sample of the ELA is available here. A more in-depth sample is provided when you book an appointment.

 


Adult Basic Education (ABE) reading and writing assessments are used together to determine your English level for placement into upgrading programs or to satisfy VCC program prerequisites. These tests assess reading comprehension, vocabulary, composition, usage, word choice, etc. Samples are below. The reading assessment is completed over one hour and the writing is completed over one hour 45 minutes. You may write both assessments on one day or you may complete them over two sittings.

Please note: both the reading and writing assessments are required to determine an English level.

Please contact program advising to determine whether or not you need an assessment.

Samples

 


Schedules for the VCC ELA vary and include daytime and evening appointments. Demand can be high for this assessment. Please note that during peak periods it may take up to six weeks for an available assessment appointment. Book early to make sure you meet your registration deadline.

You can talk to a VCC Program Advisor for other assessment options. 604.871.7000, option 2.

  1. Appointments can be booked in person at the VCC Assessment Centre.  Please bring photo identification (ie: valid passport, PR card, driver's license, etc.)
  2. You can also complete ELA appointment request formThis does not confirm your appointment.  When we receive the completed form we will call you to book a date and to finalize payment with a credit card
  3. The assessment fee must be paid to secure an appointment.

 


External students 

Please get a referral letter from the receiving institution confirming they will accept the results of the VCC ELA.  Show this letter when you come in person to book the appointment or when you come to complete the assessment.

If you complete the ELA appointment request form, please select 'other' as your program of interest and write in the name of your institution.


The CLBPT is scheduled on different days, including daytime and evening appointments.

Demand can be high for this assessment. Please note that during busy times, it may take up to six weeks to get an assessment appointment. Book early to make sure you meet your registration deadline. 

You can also talk to a VCC Program Advisor for other assessment options. 604.871.7000, option 2.

  1. Appointments can be booked in person at the VCC Assessment Centre.  Please bring photo identification (ie: valid passport, PR card, driver's license, etc.)
  2. The assessment fee must be paid to make an appointment.

 

When you come to write the assessment, please bring:

  • Photo identification (ie: valid passport, PR card, driver's license, etc
  • Your appointment confirmation email (either printed or displayed on your phone)
  • Your receipt, if you paid in person

CLBPT for external students 

Please get a referral letter from the receiving institution confirming they will accept the results of the CLBPT.  Show this letter when you come in person to book the appointment.


On-site ABE reading & writing assessment:

ABE English assessments (reading and writing) are offered several times each month. See the schedule for available dates.

No appointment is necessary. Space is limited and filled on a first come-first served basis.

Please read all the information on the schedule carefully. You will need to arrive at the time listed on the schedule. Please note: both the reading and writing assessments are required to determine an English level.

Photo identification is needed to enter the assessment room (ie: valid passport, driver's license, PR card, BC Service Card, etc.).

All on-site assessments are delivered at the VCC Broadway campus.

Off-site ABE reading and writing assessment - outside the BC Lower Mainland:

If you live outside the BC Lower Mainland and need to do our assessments to get into a VCC program, we can mail our ABE reading, writing, and/or math assessments to your local college.

Please contact Student or Assessment Services at your local college (or reasonable equivalent) and get the name of the contact person who is willing to supervise the assessments for you. This could be an instructor, an assessment centre proctor, etc. You can also contact us for a list of existing service providers.

To request an off-site ABE reading and writing assessment, please complete the request for supervision for off-site assessment form. Have your test supervisor complete their section of the form. Once completed, please scan and email the form to assessments@vcc.ca

The test package will then be forwarded to the receiving institution attention to the test supervisor.

A fee of $30 per assessment and an additional $20 processing fee will be charged before the test package is sent out.

Fees are payable by credit card, a certified cheque, or money order. Assessment fees and processing fees are non-refundable.


Assessment fees are non-refundable.

Fees are payable by cash, debit card, or by credit card, at the time of booking. 

Adult Basic Education (ABE) - English assessments (on-site)

$30 - Reading
$30 - Writing

Adult Basic Education (ABE) - English assessments (off-site)

$30 - Reading
$30 - Writing
$20 - off-site processing fee

English as an Additional Language assessments (CLBPT, VCC ELA)

$60 - VCC student
$100 - External candidate

To reschedule your VCC ELA or CLBPT appointment, we require 24 hours-notice to avoid a $15 rescheduling fee.


Assessment results are confidential and valid for one calendar year.  ABE and EAL assessments may be re-written every four months.

Duplicate results letters can be generated at an additional fee. Call 604.871.7000, ext. 7094 or email us for more information.