Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to write the test, when can I write it, and what do I need?
The test will take a maximum of an hour and forty five minutes. Once your payment has been processed, you will receive an email that includes a link to the written test. You may write the test at any time in any place. However, the link will only work once. You need to write the test in one sitting.
You should use a computer to write this test. Phones and tablets are not recommended.
Your device will need speakers. You may wish to use headphones.
The speaking portion of the test requires you to have a working microphone. You can test your device's microphone here:
When and how will I get my results?
Once you've completed your test, you will receive your results within 24 hours. Your results will be sent in a PDF document by email. Your academic institution will receive your results also.
How much does it cost to write the test?
The fee to write the test is $50. You can find payment information here.
What score do I need to pass?
If you are taking this test to satisfy admission requirements for Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute, a passing score is 60/100. Your test results will be sent to Pacific Rim on your behalf.
If you do not pass the test, you must wait at least one month before you can take a retest. All retests must be written in an approved supervised testing centre. You must pay the Shine test fee again as well as the testing centre fee.
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:
How is the test structured?
The test is made up of five sections: listening, reading, grammar, writing, and speaking. The test includes the following question types: multiple choice, short answer, spoken answer and paragraph answer. The listening test begins with an audio clip. Students need to answer multiple choice comprehension questions. Students can play the video as many times as they'd like while writing the test. The reading section is a short story with short answer comprehension questions. This section is similar to the short story section of the BC Grade 12 Provincial Exam. You can find practice exams here:
https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/search/ The writing section is a paragraph. Paragraphs are marked for paragraph structure, sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary. An example of a topic might be something like: Describe your best friend. The grammar section consists of multiple choice and short answer questions. These questions focus on topics like sentence structure, verb tenses, etc. The speaking section uses a voice recorder as students asnwer five questions. Each answer should be about a minute in length. An example of one of the questions might be something like: Describe your favourite city. You will need a working microphone to complete this section. You can test your device's microphone here: Marks are given for correct grammar, pronunciation, sentence structure, and vocabulary.
What is your academic dishonesty policy?
Shine 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 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.