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Composition Placement Test (CPT)

The Composition Placement Test (CPT) is an English placement test designed to assess writing and grammar skills. The CPT may be used in place of English 12 as a prerequisite for many UFV courses. If you have a final grade of C+ in English 12 or English Literature 12, you do not need to write the CPT in order to register for first-year 100-level English courses. The CPT is provided at a minimal cost and is intended for UFV students and applicants, not the general public. Only active UFV students and applicants are able to register for the CPT. 

Register for the CPT

To write the CPT, register in advance through the Office of the Registrar (OReg) at any UFV main campus.

The $35 fee is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable; however, prior to the exam date, you may switch to another exam sitting at no extra cost.

The CPT may only be written once per semester; however, if your score is between 41 and 47 you will be permitted to write the CPT once more during the same semester. Contact Assessment Services for permission to write the CPT a second time. For more information on CPT scoring, see Interpreting Your Composition Placement Test (CPT) Score.

Most programs or courses require a score of 48 or higher. However, entrance in the Trades department requires a CPT score of 41 with the exception of Trades programs that offer a diploma or degree (including BBA Trades Management, Automation and Robotics Technician diploma, and the Hospitality and Event Post-baccalaureate certificate). For more information, contact the Trades department.

If English is not your first language, you should contact the English Language Studies department before you decide to register for the Composition Placement Test (CPT). The staff there can help you to decide which placement test will best suit your individual needs.


Test dates

You can write the CPT at the Abbotsford, Chilliwack CEP, and Hope campuses. Tests are marked once a month, and you may need to wait up to three (3) weeks for your CPT score. Please be advised that the dates under "Marks Available on myUFV" are approximate dates and may be subject to delays. 

Fall 2023

Abbotsford Campus CPT Test Dates Fall 2023
Date Time CRN Room Marks Available
on myUFV
Sep 05 9–11:30 am 80089 S3125 Oct 04
Sep 18 1:30–4 pm 80090 S3125 Oct 04
Sep 26 5–7:30 pm 80091 S3125 Oct 04
Oct 03 9–11:30 am 80092 S3125 Nov 03
Oct 16 1:30–4 pm 80093 S3125 Nov 03
Oct 24 5–7:30 pm 80094 S3125 Nov 03
Nov 02 1:30–4 pm 80095 S3125 Dec 04
Nov 14 9–11:30 am 80096 S3125 Dec 04
Nov 20  5–7:30 pm 80097 S3125 Dec 04
Dec 01 1:30–4 pm 80114 S3125 Jan 03
Dec 04 9–11:30 am 80115 S3125 Jan 03
Dec 12 5–7:30 pm 80116 S3125 Jan 03


Chilliwack Campus CPT Test Dates Fall 2023
Date Time CRN Room Marks Available
on myUFV
Sep 14 9–11:30 am 80117 CEPA1350 Oct 04
Oct 12 1:30–4 pm 80118 CEPA1350 Nov 03
Nov 09 1:30–4 pm 80119 CEPA1350 Dec 04
Dec 06 9–11:30 am 80120 CEPA1350 Sep 01


Write the CPT at Hope Centre Campus

The Hope Centre Campus offers CPTs by appointment only. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit the Hope Centre website.

Hope Centre CPT
Semester CRN
Fall 2023 80112

Write an out-of-district CPT

To register for an out-of-district CPT, email to receive step-by-step instructions.

Important things to consider:

  1. Requests to write an out-of-district CPT must be received by Assessment Services at least 5 (five) business days before you plan to write the test.
  2. You will need to locate a qualified invigilator - a teacher, counsellor, or similar professional or another institution/testing center. It cannot be a relative, friend, or personal acquaintance.
  3. Prior to registering for the CPT, you must contact Assessment Services to request to write an out-of-district CPT.
  4. After receiving confirmation and instructions from Assessment Services, you can register for the CPT through UFV Office of the Registrar. There is a $50 fee for the exam, plus any other registration fees. Note that you will also be responsible for providing your proctor with a pre-paid courier return envelope. When registering for the Out of District CPT please quote the Course Registration Number (CRN) found in the table below.


Out-of-District CPT
Semester CRN
Fall 2023 80111

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