English Upgrading

English upgrading courses (called ENGU courses in the College Program and Course Catalogue) will help you upgrade your reading and writing skills to increase your success in your other college classes. Options range from basic literacy to college preparatory courses.

Placement testing

Before you register for any ENGU courses, you need to write an English placement test to determine your current written command of English. Once you complete the written test, you'll have a brief interview with an instructor.

There is no need to study or cram before taking your placement test. The tests are purely for placement purposes.

Placements are offered throughout the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters on both campuses, but you must register by calling one of the numbers listed below. Make sure you do your placement test before your course registration date.

Course fees

ENGU and MATU courses are tuition free.

Student fees still apply. For more information on the fee schedule (student fees and U-Pass) contact the English Upgrading Office.

More information

For detailed course information or to book a placement test, call one of the numbers below or email the English Upgrading Office.

  • New Westminster Campus: 604 527 5463
  • Coquitlam Campus: 604 777 6196

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