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.


Before you register for any ENGU courses, you need to write an聽English聽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聽placement test. The tests are purely for placement purposes.

Placements聽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聽placement test聽before your course registration date.

Course fees

ENGU and MATU courses are tuition free.

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

More information

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

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

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