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English Language Proficiency Assessment Policy

Admission to Metropolitan Community College’s programs of study requires the demonstration of English language proficiency.  Because English is the language of instruction at Metropolitan Community College, and also the common language of business in British Columbia, applicants for admission will satisfy the language requirement in the follow way:

a)    Completion of three years of full-time studies in English (excluding ESL), with a minimum of 12 hours instruction per week.

i)    To meet this requirement, you must provide high school or post-secondary school transcript.

 ii)   You must graduate from an accredited high school with Grade 12 qualification or its equivalent, and be at least 17 years of age, or a mature student (21 years of age minimum).

 b)    International students who lack three years of full-time studies in English must successfully complete the English language proficiency assessment test of either: 1) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve academic assessment with 5.5 in each skill category, or 2) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and this must be internet Based Testing (IBT) with a minimum score of 18 in each category and overall score of 72.

c)     Interview and placement assessment, which aims to assess an applicant’s level of English proficiency and the extent to which s/he is academically prepared for post-secondary studies.  Fifty per cent (50%) is required to pass the written assessment.   If determined appropriate by Metropolitan Community College, an applicant may be recommended to complete an upper level ESL as a pre-requisite to enter his/her program.