The Langara English Test (LET) is an in-house exam that assesses the student's ability to read, understand, and write English at the college/university level. The LET scores indicate which English courses best suit the student's needs and skills. Each exam is assessed by a minimum of two markers. Exams with borderline results go to a review committee to finalize the placement level. 

Who needs to take the test?

Some courses and programs require English as a prerequisite. Students who wish to register for these courses and programs, but who do not have a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12, BC English Literature 12, BC English First Peoples 12, or equivalent, will need to write the LET so the College can determine if they have the appropriate level of English.

For example, students who want to register for English 1127 or Biology 1115 require at least a LET level 3. Students can check the College Calendar for the prerequisites of the specific courses or programs in which they are interested.

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 clarity, accuracy, and effective paraphrasing. 


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.

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

  • a passport
  • a 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.

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.