Academic Assessments

Applicants may be required to write admissions tests:

  • To determine whether they have the requisite academic skills for program entrance
  • To determine placement in academic upgrading courses

Academic Assessment for Post-Secondary Programs

If you have not passed courses that are required for entrance into a certificate or diploma program or lack proof that you have completed the courses, you may be able to request an academic assessment. (Or our admissions advisor may recommend this assessment).

Academic skills testing is a complimentary option provided to you as an alternative way to meet admission requirements. It is also an excellent way to verify your current knowledge of the specific subject area to support your success in your program. There is no additional charge for skills testing. In order to be granted admission based on skills testing, you can test a maximum of only twice per subject. If you are unsuccessful after two attempts, you will be required to upgrade until you obtain the levels required for that specific program.

Once your official high school and/or post-secondary transcripts have been evaluated, you can:

  1. Book a testing appointment with Assessment Services by calling 780.644.6055 or email If you are unable to come to Edmonton or one of our regional campuses for testing, ask us about testing in your home community.
  2. Complete one or more tests (reading comprehension, mathematics, writing, biology, etc.).

If your scores meet admission standards, these may be accepted in place of the published admission requirements.
Note: the Social Work program does not accept academic assessment testing in lieu of academic requirements. 

Academic Upgrading/English Language Training Placement Tests

When you apply for Academic Upgrading or English Language Training programs, you may be required to complete an academic assessment for placement purposes. The placement assessment tests may include a standardized reading test, essay, and/or mathematics test. It is not necessary to study for these tests. If you require your academic assessment in an alternative format because of a disability, we will make special arrangements for you. If you are unable to come to Edmonton or one of our regional campuses for testing, ask us about testing in your home community. Your student navigator will schedule your assessment, and your academic skills assessment advisor will contact you to discuss your results and program plan.