Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Language Proficiency Index (LPI)

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The LPI consists of four parts:

  1. Sentence structure
  2. English usage
  3. Paragraph development and content
  4. Essay writing

The exam is 2½ hours of writing — allow approximately 15 minutes for instructions and distribution of the test.


The LPI is administered to students who plan to enter a post-secondary institution in B.C. and serves as an indicator of the level of English competency.


Registration: Applicants must register for the public sittings through UBC-ARES. An application/information form is available online at LPI Test.

Test date: Candidates are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. on the scheduled testing date. Each candidate must have an LPI admission ticket, a recent passport-sized photo attached to the admission ticket, picture ID, pen and pencil.

Follow-up: The exam is sent to UBC for marking and on province-wide sittings students receives their marks within two to four weeks. The LPI score is valid for two years. It is your responsibility to submit a copy of results to the Admissions Office for your files.

Testing Dates

  • May 12, 2018

For more information, visit LPI Test or contact the TRU Assessment Centre at