Grad Essentials

Grad Essentials



Apply in the fall starting: Douglas Sept. 1, Langara & Kwantlen Oct. 1, BCIT varies by program, but usually starting in October.  The date of application is IMPORTANT is like being first in line!  Check websites - dates are subject to change.



Applications typically open in the early fall.  Some institutions have set days each year, for example Kwantlen's applications begin on Nov. 1.  For non-competitve programs at Kwantlen or Langara it is important to apply as early as possible.  Deadline for application is usually in January or February, but varies with institution and program.

  • Admission is based on grades (highly competitive) and may include a supplemental application (eg. personal profile or “broad based application”).
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  • Fee for application
  • PEN and SIN number required and legal names are expected with these documents.



Transcript Verification Report – you will see this twice this year, once in the fall, and again in early March.  This is a confirmation of your courses and grades from the Ministry of Education.  


Official Transcripts

Most BC institutions rely on the electronic information that McMath forwards to the Ministry of Education.  Some scholarships and specialized programs require an official(sealed in an envelope) school transcript.  These can be ordered from the office by filling in a transcript request form.  There is a $5.00 charge.  Please allow at least 2 days.  Unofficial transcripts can be found on the Student Secure Web ( or from your counsellor.


Online Post Secondary Choices Form

The Ministry of Education provides an online “order form” where you give permission to allow them to forward your grades to post-secondary institutions immediately or more commonly with your 2ndterm report card information in May and final grades in July.   Deadlines for having this complete vary.  Some eastern universities have transcript deadlines earlier than the Ministry of Education can provide them, so you may have to order and mail a transcript.  You will need a BCeIDfrom https://www.bceid.cato complete your PSI Choices form at  


Letters of Reference

Some scholarships and specialized programs require a letter of reference.  If you need one, and want a good one, allow at least 1-2 weeks, and ask a teacher who really knows you well.  To help a teacher write a good letter of reference, pick up a “Reference Letter Request Form” from the Counselling Centre.  Remember that teachers take on this task on top of their regular job – your thanks will be appreciated!


The Language Proficiency Index is a test of your written language skills that many institutions require to place you in first year English courses.  Register online at  This exam costs around $120 to write.  The library has several copies of the book, Preparing to Write the LPI, or purchase online.



Test of English as a Foreign Language – This test is sometimes required for students who have recently arrived in Canada from a country where English is not the language of instruction.  Register online at  This exam costs around $245 US.



Scholastic Aptitude Test – required by universities in the US.  Register online at Cost is around $50 US. See Ms. Bernard for more information on these English language proficiency tests.   Ms. Bernard is the Career Information Advisor, and is available Monday –Thursday, 9:00 – 1:30.




a. McMath (School) Scholarships:  attendance, conduct, course load, school and community service are very important.  McMath counsellors provide these applications after Spring Break 

b. Post-Secondary / Community Scholarships: 

c. Ministry of Education scholarships

d. National Scholarships - check out:  is one of many Canadian scholarship databases that allows you to search or be sent updates based on your profile.

e. Other: family associations, scholarships from your workplace or parents, unions, etc.




  • A great starting place for post-secondary research.  This search engine makes it easy to compare various programs offered in BC. 



  • School district based resource for career, post-secondary and scholarship information.  In addition to this website Ms. Bernard will update grads with the NEW THIS WEEK email.



  • Username: mcmath Password: career
  • Take the career MATCHMAKER test under the Assessment link.  This website is linked to which provides current labour market info and to as well as some US institutions.  Check out the great information interviews on specific careers. 



  • To determine if courses completed at one institution are recognized by another.



  • Don’t forget to check out your McMath website.  Under the “Student” heading you will find updates on Graduation Transition Requirements, Grad Photos, Valedictory ceremony information and additional resources from admin / counsellors J