Who needs to take the CPT?
If Communications (099, 115, 125, 145, 155, 165 or 175), English (081, 090, 091, 099, 105, 108, 109, 115, 120, 130, 150, or 170), or Linguistics (270, 275) is part of your program requirements, you may need to provide a CPT score to satisfy the course prerequisite(s). Furthermore, if you are taking CSM104, a CPT score may help you meet the requirements.
Some programs require evidence of meeting the prerequisites for first year English or Communications courses. If you do not have the necessary courses that meet the prerequisites, a CPT score could be an option. You can register for the CPT as soon as you have submitted your application for admission. Read the UFV calendar carefully to see if the program for which you are applying has such a requirement.
If you are able to meet the prerequisite(s) for these courses in other ways, such as with a grade of C+ or higher in English 12 or English Literature 12 on your transcript, or an acceptable LPI score, you do not need to take the CPT.
Where and when is the CPT offered?
Any UFV applicant or active student may write the CPT at either the Abbotsford, Chilliwack or Hope campus. For out-of-district information, see info below.
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How much does the CPT cost?
All Assessment Services placement tests are $35.00. This fee is non-refundable, although you may switch to another sitting at no extra charge if you do so prior to your scheduled day/time. Payment must be made at any UFV OReg office when you register.
How do I register for the CPT?
If you are a current UFV student, or have applied for admission to a UFV program, you can register for a placement test by contacting any UFV A&R office in person or by phone at 604-854-4501 or toll-free 1888-823-8734. When you register, please quote the CRN (Course Registration Number) which corresponds to the time and place of the sitting, as well as your UFV student ID if you have one.
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What should I bring with me?
Picture identification is required to write the CPT; dictionaries and other materials are NOT allowed. Please bring a pen and arrive 5 minutes early.
What does the CPT contain?
The CPT has a grammar component and an essay component. The first section requires you to identify grammatical errors in 40 sentences, and the second section requires a 300-500 word essay. You may choose from the essay topics provided.
How do I prepare?
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When can I expect to receive my results?
CPT results will be mailed out as soon as possible, although you should expect a delay of up to three weeks. Marks are also available through the Test Scores section of the Student Web. Tests are marked at the end of each month.
Can I write the CPT again if my score is not high enough?
You may only write the CPT once per semester. However, if your score was between 41 and 47, you will be permitted to write the test once more during the same semester. Please contact Assessment Services for permission to write the CPT a second time.
If your score is below 48, you should also consider taking a pre-college level English couse, such as English 099.
What English courses does my CPT score indicate I should choose?
Click here for information on how to interpret your CPT score.
What if I can't come to Abbotsford or Chilliwack to write the CPT?
If you are unable to write the CPT in Abbotsford or Chilliwack, you can contact Assessment Services and arrange for a CPT to be sent to a qualified invigilator in your home town. The fee for out-of-town writers is $50.00. This will cover the costs of courier service.
International students: if you wish to write the CPT before leaving for Canada, you should contact the International Education Department and arrange for a CPT to be sent to a qualified invigilator in your home country.