Academic Preparation Course

  • Program Accreditation: Diploma
  • 4 weeks – Total hours: 80

Program Summary

Students come to Evergreen College from a variety of educational and business backgrounds. That’s why we created the Academic Preparation Course (APC) to ease each student’s transition into their diploma program so that they’re prepared for their academic studies and future careers. In the program, students are introduced to the work culture and expectations of employers in Canada, which are the same standards upheld by Evergreen College’s instructors in each diploma program. Instructed by successful Canadian business executives, students will be provided with a solid foundation in relationship building, communications, employment and more to not only advance them academically, but in the workforce as well.


The program instructs students on the skills required to pursue a diploma program with Evergreen College, and to further succeed in the Canadian workforce. Scholarly writing, proper grammar structure, exposure to North American business norms, and colloquial and informal conversation are key components of the course curriculum. Students will participate actively in a learning environment designed for instant feedback and constant improvement.

Graduation Requirements

  • Students must achieve an attendance standard of 85%.
  • Submission of weekly assignments.
  • Achieving a passing grade of 310 or more on the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (BST).

Course Outline

The course consists of four weeks. Throughout the duration of the program, each student will have the opportunity to take part in Student Services’ workshops. These incredibly informative and helpful sessions aim to prepare students for enrolment in a diploma program with Evergreen College.

Weekly Themes Include

  • Resumes
  • Ethics
  • Relationship building
  • Career success

Sample Course Tasks


  • Sentence Completion
  • Map and Diagram Labelling
  • Relating Times, Dates and Numbers
  • Table and Flow-Chart Completion

Academic Reading:

  • Identifying Information
  • Matching Visual Aids and Information
  • Collocations in Modern Usage
  • Matching Ideas and Features

Academic Writing:

  • Interpreting Bar Charts
  • Understanding Diagrams
  • Discussion and Opinion Essay
  • Agreeing and Disagreeing Essay


  • Two-Way Discussions
  • Introductions and Interviews
  • Individual Long-Term Speaking
  • Formal and Informal Business Discourse


  • Using Future Tenses
  • Identifying Past Simple versus Present-Perfect Tenses
  • Modal Verb Usage
  • Passive and Active Verb Usages
  • Proper Word Declension and Placement
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