The Langara English Test (LET) is an in-person exam and is held in A130.

Before coming to the exam, students must register through Continuing Studies. Click here:

Please ensure that you register for a date and time when you can write the exam: the LET is non-refundable and non-transferrable, except in cases of illness or emergency. Documentation will be required. Do not come on campus if you are sick.

Though masks are no longer mandated, we strongly recommend that everyone wears one that covers their nose, mouth, and chin.


Students planning to register in ENGL 1107, CMNS 1114, or CMNS 1115 require an IELTS 6.5 or LET 2.

Students planning to register in a first-year university-transfer English course (e.g. ENGL 1100, 1123, 1129, or 1130) must take the Langara English Test (LET) prior to the semester in which they want to register, unless they have 70% or higher in BC English Studies 12 or BC Literary Studies 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

In addition to English courses, some other courses and programs require an LET score as a prerequisite. Students who wish to register for these courses and programs, will need to write the LET. For example, students who want to register for BUSM 1115 require at least an LET level 3. Students who have questions about prerequisites for a particular course or program should contact the Chair or Coordinator of that department.

Langara English Test

The test assesses students’ ability to read, understand, and write English at the college/university level. The LET scores indicate which first-year English/Communications course students should take, based on their skills and needs. 

The exam consists of two parts: reading and summarizing a short prose passage, and writing an essay on one of the three essay topics provided.


Students need to read the prose passage carefully, and then summarize in their own words the basic ideas—that is, the key points—of the passage. The summary should be approximately 100 words long. Markers look for a short summary that is clear, accurate, and in the student's own words. 


Students need to choose one of the three topics provided, and then write an essay of about 400 words. The essay must NOT include ideas, material, or phrases from the passage in Part I.  Markers look for an accurate, clear, unified, and logically developed piece of writing that directly addresses the topic.

For more information about the exam, read the admissions/diagnostic-tests/english/preparation. In addition, students can buy A Guide to the LET from the Bookstore or read it in the Library.

Students must bring one of the following forms of photo ID to the exam to show proof of identity:

  • a passport
  • BC Driver's License (international driver's licenses are not accepted)
  • a BC Identification card (BCID)
  • a Photo BC Services Card

Students who do not have one of these forms of ID should contact the LET Coordinator at least 2 days before the exam date by emailing

Please note the following:

  • The ID presented must be current and in the original form; photocopies or scanned/digital copies are not acceptable.
  • Students with a Langara student card should bring it to the exam as well.  In cases where two or more students have similar names, the Langara student card may be needed to confirm the Langara student number for students without receipts.
  • Students who do not present an accepted form of photo ID will not be permitted to write the exam and will have to register for another sitting.  They may not transfer the registration, nor is the registration fee refundable.
  • ID presented should match the name under which the student is registered.