Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP), or formerly known as Canadian Pre-University (CPU), is one of the many pre-university pathways you can choose after you have completed your SPM or IGCSE.
Although it is not as popular as A-Level, SACE or AUSMAT, it is a recognised international pre-university qualification for those who are thinking about study abroad.
If you want to more information on CIMP or CPU, then read on!
What is CIMP/CPU?
CIMP and CPU are a Year 12 secondary school curriculum with requirements set by the Ontario Ministry of Education in Canada.
Students receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma when they complete the programme.
The qualification is accepted by universities in Canada and globally.
It is also accepted by local private universities.
What is the Duration of the Programme?
The programme runs between 12 to 15 months.
The duration is similar to many pre-university and matriculation programmes offered by universities and colleges in Malaysia.
In Malaysia, Sunway College offers a 12-month CIMP course.
Intakes are usually in January, May, July, and September.
What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?
To enrol into a CIMP/CPU course, you will need to have a pass in SPM, IGCSE or equivalent with a minimum of 5 credits.
Why Should You Choose CIMP/CPU?
The programme is widely accepted by universities from all over the world, for example Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the US and the UK.
Unlike the Malaysian education system, its curriculum focuses more on the application of knowledge, skills and attitude.
The programme also requires students to develop their critical thinking, innovative and creative skills, communication skills and teamwork.
What that means is that with the Canadian programme, you will developing the essential skills that are viewed highly by hiring managers.
Moreover, the programme offers more than 20 subjects that will allow you to apply for most of the degree courses.
What Subjects Should You Take?
According to our survey of SPM students in 2021, the 3 most popular fields of study are Medicine and Allied Health Science, Business, and Accounting and Finance.
Finding the right subjects will allow you smooth transition to these degree studies and more.
In Canadian programmes, you are required to complete several subjects in one semester before moving on to other subjects in the next semester.
On average, you will take between 2 to 3 subjects each semester but some students do take more than that.
If you are considering a science-based degree, make sure you choose science subjects in CIMP.
You can still take an arts degree course with science subjects but not the other way around.
Check out these recommended subjects for popular courses:
Medicine: Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics of Data Management
Engineering: Mathematics of Data Management, Advanced Functions, Calculus & Vectors, Physics, Chemistry
Accounting & Finance: Mathematics of Data Management
Computer Science & IT: Mathematics of Data Management, Advanced Functions
You can check out the list of subjects that Sunway College offers for its CIMP course here.
What is the English Requirement for CIMP/CPU?
You must sit for English Placement Test in order to determine your spot in the CIMP English programme.
Should you fail to meet their minimum English literacy requirement, you’ll have to complete a semester in Intensive English Programme.
How Are Students Graded in CIMP/CPU?
Students are graded based on a combination of continuous assessment (70%) and exams (30%).
The continuous assessment involves tests, assignments, and daily work.
In the exams portion, culminated activity also could be taken into account in the 30%.
The good news is, gone are your days of depending on the final exam for your grade.
You’ll be graded on your participation in the teaching and learning process during the course.
Your final grade will be an average percentage across all 6 subjects taken, and the maximum score is 100%.
To graduate, students must successfully complete the following:
- 6 pre-university courses including the CIMP English Programme
- An external literacy test (OSSLT) administered by the Ontario Ministry of Education
- 10 hours of approved community service (yes, you will gain social experiences in this course as well)
How Much Does CIMP/CPU Cost?
Currently only Sunway College offers the CIMP at its campus in Bandar Sunway.
The tuition fees for Sunway College’s CIMP course is RM37,700.
The fees are subject to change so do make sure you speak with our counsellors to get the latest information.
Ready to apply for the Canadian programme? Let our counsellors guide you to the most suitable course and university today!