Test Information and Preparation

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The following information will help you prepare for the

Powell English Assessment:

See below for more test information

Signing up is Easy

Check Your Computer's Compatibility and read the Privacy Policy regarding online proctoring. Ensure that any grammar-checking software is disabled.

Pay and Register.  Payment will be accepted automatically, but the test link will be sent manually. Send payment at least 12 hours before you plan on writing the test.  


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Receive the test link by email. This may take up to 12 hours.  No other registration is required.  

Write the Test.  You can write the test at any time in any quiet place as long as your computer is compatible. You will need picture ID to prove your identification. The test will take about one hour and forty minutes.

Test Information

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Powell English Testing is an online English assessment used by businesses and higher education facilities to ensure that their applicants meet specific English language requirements. 


The test includes five sections: listening, reading, grammar, writing, and speaking. The test is written online from anywhere. It can be written at any time.  This includes evenings and weekends.


The fee to write the test is $85.  You can pay and register here.


Once your payment has been processed and you've been emailed the test link, you may write the test at any time. However, the link will only work once. You need to write the test in one sitting. The test must be completed within one hour and forty minutes.  The test link will expire three months after payment is sent.

You will need a computer with a webcam and microphone. Online proctoring is powered by Mercer Mettl. It will use screen-recording software and your webcam. You will need to use a computer, not a phone or tablet. You will not be able to use Safari. You can Check Your Computer's Compatibility and read the Privacy Policy.


You will also need a piece of picture ID with you when you write the test.  You will be required to hold it up for a photo. All that needs to be visible is your name and picture. You can cover the other information. The name on your ID must be written using the English alphabet.

You can read more about online proctoring here.

Academic Dishonesty Policy


Powell English Testing has a zero-tolerance policy regarding academic dishonesty. If an assessor deems that academic dishonesty has taken place, an automatic failing grade will be given and your academic institution/workplace will be notified. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, plagiarizing, looking up answers, having someone help you with the test and/or having someone write the test for you. If a failing grade is given for academic dishonesty, your academic institution will be notified. This may jeopardize your chances of gaining admission in the future. If you are accused of academic dishonesty, you will not be permitted to write the test again. Grammar-checking software, such as Grammarly, is not permitted. Ensure that any such software is disabled before you begin the test.



Passing Scores

A passing score is 65/100.

Your test score will be sent to your institution on your behalf.

If you do not pass the test, you must wait at least one month before you can

take a retest. The fee to write the retest is $85.


If you don’t pass the retest, you will need to take the English 12 Academic

Upgrading Course offered by the BC Ministry of Education before you write

the test again. You can find information about the course here.