Student data and performance indicators

Language Proficiency Index

The purpose of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) is to provide information about an individual's competency in English. This information is used primarily by post-secondary institutions and professional organizations within British Columbia and at Yukon College.

The test consists of four parts:

  • Identifying errors in sentence structure
  • Identifying errors in English usage
  • Evaluating and/or summarizing short prose passages
  • Writing an expository essay.

Further details concerning the LPI can be found in the publication Preparing to Write the Language Proficiency Index. This 104-page book has been provided to grade 12 English teachers in order to assist them in preparing students for the test. It is also sold in some college bookstores.  For more information and online purchase, visit the ARES website at

Performance and Analytics

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