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English language proficiency requirements

English is the language of instruction at VCC. English proficiency is required for all students entering VCC programs. Students who have been awarded a degree from an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution where English is the medium of instruction will meet the language requirements for all VCC programs.

It is recommended that potential students meet with an advisor to determine the best English language requirement pathway.

  • Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through three years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. ESL courses are not included in the three-year calculation.
  • VCC offers a variety of assessments to help place students in our programs and courses. Learn more about VCC's assessment centre.
  • Students who upgrade English 12 must still show proficiency in listening and speaking:
  • The Pharmacy Technician and Health Care Assistant programs have specific equivalencies outlined by their accrediting bodies. Please check the program pages for more information.

Other resources:

 

Below you will find alternatives and equivalencies to the British Columbia high school English courses for access to VCC programs. Minimum equivalencies are represented.


 

Equivalencies English 12[1]
"B" grade
English 12[1]
"C+" grade
English 12[1]
"Pass" grade
English 11 English 10
Post-secondary English
equivalent to
VCC’s English 1127
C+ C C- Pass Pass
Provincial level ABE
VCC 0981 & 0991[2]
B C+ C Pass Pass
Advanced level ABE
VCC 0861/0871
N/A N/A N/A Pass Pass
Intermediate level ABE
VCC 0741 & 0751 or
0750 & 0752
N/A N/A N/A N/A Pass
VCC ABE Reading and Writing
Assessment
Reading: 60
Grammar: 52
Writing: 0991
Reading: 60
Grammar: 52
Writing: 0991
Reading: 60
Grammar: 52
Writing: 0991
Reading: 50
Grammar: 40
Writing: 0871
Reading: 50
Grammar: 35
Writing: 0752
VCC Writing Skills 1076 &
Reading and Study Skills 1076[2]
S S S S S
VCC Communication for
Health Sciences
CCAC 1084
S S S S S
UBC LPI[3] Essay level: 5
Essay score: 35
Essay level: 5
Essay score: 30
Essay level: 4
Essay score: 26
Essay level: 4
Essay score: 24
Essay level: 3
Essay score: 22
BCIT COMM 0015 or
COMM 0005
80% 70% 60% 50% 50%
LET (Langara English Test) 4 3 3 3 2

 

[1] English 12 First People is equivalent to English 12.
Communications 12 is not equivalent to English 12, but it can be used for entry into programs requiring English 11 or lower.

[2] Same mark required for each course.

[3] LPI scores valid for 2 years.

 

 


 

Equivalencies English 12
"B" grade
English 12
"C+" grade
English 12
"Pass" grade
English 11 English 10
VCC English Language Assessment
(ELA)[1]
Listening: 25/30
Speaking: 27/30
Essay: 16/20
Reading: 50/70
Listening: 25/30
Speaking: 27/30
Essay: 16/20
Reading: 50/70
Listening: 25/30
Speaking: 27/30
Essay: 16/20
Reading: 50/70
Listening: 24/30
Speaking: 26/30
Essay: 14/20
Reading: 45/70
Listening: 23/30
Speaking: 25/30
Essay: 14/20
Reading: 40/70
VCC Communicating
Professionally for Health Sciences
ELSK 0950 and/or[2]
Academic Prep for
Health Sciences
ELSK 0955
B in both courses C+ in both courses N/A N/A N/A
VCC English CPE 098 &
English CPE 099
Provincial level
B in both Reading CPEN 0996 and Writing CPEN 0995 AND
25/30 for Listening and 27/30 for Speaking component of VCC's ELA Assessment
C+ in both Reading CPEN 0996 and Writing CPEN 0995 AND
25/30 for Listening and 27/30 for Speaking component of VCC's ELA Assessment
C in both Reading CPEN 0996 and Writing CPEN 0995 AND
25/30 for Listening and 27/30 for Speaking component of VCC's ELA Assessment
Completion of both CPEN 0885 and CPEN 0886 AND 24/30 for Listening and 26/30 for Speaking component of VCC's ELA Assessment Completion of both CPEN 0885 and CPEN 0886 AND 23/30 for Listening and 25/30 for Speaking component of VCC's ELA Assessment
VCC English CPE 059
Intermediate Level
N/A N/A N/A N/A C+ in both CPEN 0885 and CPEN 0886 AND
23/30 for Listening and 25/30 for Speaking component of VCC's ELA Assessment
VCC English for Professional
Advancement (EPA)
B+ in ELSK 0824
Writing Level 2


B+ in ELSK 0823
Reading Level 2

B in ELSK 0921
Listening Level 3

B in ELSK 0922
Speaking Level 3
B in ELSK 0824
Writing Level 2


B in ELSK 0823
Reading Level 2

B in ELSK 0921
Listening Level 3

B in ELSK 0922
Speaking Level 3
B- in ELSK 0824
Writing Level 2


B- in ELSK 0823
Reading Level 2

B in ELSK 0921
Listening Level 3

B in ELSK 0922
Speaking Level 3
B- in ELSK 0724
Writing Level 2


B- in ELSK 0723
Reading Level 2

B in ELSK 0821
Listening Level 2

B in ELSK 0822
Speaking Level 2
B in ELSK 0724
Writing Level 2


B in ELSK 0723
Reading Level 2

B in ELSK 0821
Listening Level 2

B in ELSK 0822
Speaking Level 2
VCC ENGL 1101 C+ & 25/30 for Listening and 27/30 for Speaking component of VCC’s ELA Assessment C & 25/30 for Listening and 27/30 for Speaking component of VCC’s ELA Assessment Pass & 25/30 for Listening and 27/30 for Speaking component of VCC’s ELA Assessment Pass & 24/30 for Listening and 26/30 for Speaking component of VCC’s ELA Assessment Pass & 23/30 for Listening and 25/30 for Speaking component of VCC’s ELA Assessment
BCIT COMM 0005 or 0015 &
COMM 0030 or 0033
80% in both 70% in both 60% in both 50% in both 50% in both

 

[1] Scores valid for one year.
[2] Meet with an English academic advisor to determine if you need one or both of these courses.


 TOEFL (internet-based)[1]

Equivalencies Reading Writing Speaking Listening Overall
English 12 "B" grade 22 23 23 22 90
English 12 "C+" grade 20 20 20 20 80
English 11 18 18 18 16 70

TOEFL requirements for programs requiring Grade 10 English (overall score only)[1]

Program Grade
Baking and pastry arts 68
Baking and pastry arts - ESL 45
Culinary arts 68
Culinary arts - ESL 45
Hair design & Skin and body therapy 54

[1] Scores are valid for two years


IELTS (academic module)

Equivalencies Reading Writing Listening Speaking Overall
English 12 "B" grade 6.0 6.5 6.0 7.0 6.5
English 12 "C+" grade No less than 6.0 6.5
English 11 No less than 5.5 6.0
Baking and pastry arts No less than 5.0 5.5
Baking and pastry arts - ESL No less than 4.0 4.5
Culinary arts No less than 5.0 5.5
Culinary arts - ESL No less than 4.0 4.5
Hair design & Skin and body therapy No less than 4.0 4.5


Note: Academic assessment only. Scores are valid for two years.


Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

Equivalencies Reading Writing Speaking Listening Overall
CAEL 60 60 60 60 60

 


 

Equivalencies Listening Speaking Reading Writing
English 12 "B" grade 8 8 8 8
English 12 "Pass" to "C+" grade 8 8 8 7
English 11 7 7 7 7
English 10 7 7 7 6


Note: Report cards are only accepted from VCC ESL programs


 

Equivalencies Listening Speaking Reading Writing
English 12 any grade N/A N/A N/A N/A
English 11 N/A N/A N/A N/A
English 10 7 7 7 6

 

For programs that have not been benchmarked, check below for benchmarked courses.

Equivalencies Listening Speaking Reading Writing
Administrative office assistant
7 7 7 7
Automotive collision repair
6 6 6 4
Baking and pastry arts 7 7 7 6
Baking and pastry arts - ESL 5 5 5 4
Culinary arts (PC1 & PC2) 7 7 7 6
Culinary arts - ESL 5 5 5 4
Digital graphic design
8 8 7 7
Drafting technician - all options 8 7 8 7
Hospitality management - diploma 8 7 8 8
Hair design & Skin and body therapy 7 6 6 4

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A

American Samoa

Anguilla

Antigua & Barbuda

Australia

 

B

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Bermuda

Botswana

British Virgin Islands

 

C

Canada

Cayman Islands

 

D

Dominica

 

E

N/A

 

F

Falkland Islands

Fiji

 

G

Gambia

Ghana

Gibraltar

Grenada

Guam

Guyana

 

H

N/A

 

I

Ireland

 

J

Jamaica

 

K

Kenya

 

L

Lesotho

Liberia

 

M

Malta

Mauritius

Montserrat

 

N

New Zealand

Nigeria

 

O - R

N/A

 

S

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

South Africa

St. Helena

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

 

T

Trinidad & Tobago

Tanzania

Turks & Caicos Islands

 

U

Uganda

United Kingdom

USA

Us Virgin Islands

 

V - Y

N/A

 

Z

Zambia

Zimbabwe