Academic and Placement Assessments

Applicants may be required to write an academic or placement assessment to:

  • determine whether they have the required academic skills for program entrance
  • determine placement in academic upgrading or other foundational programs

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.

An academic assessment is a free 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. To be granted admission based on an academic assessment, you can test a maximum of 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, book an appointment with Testing & Assessment Services. If you are unable to visit Edmonton or one of our regional campuses for testing, ask about testing in your home community.

If your scores meet admission standards, these may be accepted in place of the published admission requirements.

Note: the Social Work, Arts and Sciences, and Justice programs do not accept academic assessment testing in place of academic requirements.

Academic Upgrading/English Language Training Placement

When you apply for Academic Upgrading or English language programs, you may be required to complete a placement assessment. The placement assessment may include a standardized reading test, essay, and/or mathematics test.

Review Material

Although it is not necessary to study for these tests, you are strongly advised to review the material. If you would like to do a review or practice testing skills, you can view sample questions. You may also want to become more comfortable with the testing process.

You may borrow the Complete Canadian GED Preparation book from any public library to review the material. Work through all chapters and exercise – check your answers in the answer key, then try the practice tests.


  • Work through the Science and Social Studies chapters and do the exercises and practice tests. These chapters will help with Reading Comprehension.
  • If English is your second language, review the Reading Comprehension chapter and work through the vocabulary exercises of a TOEFL Study Guide. The guide is available at most libraries.


  • Work through the Math chapter and do the exercises and practice tests. Focus on the following skills:
    • whole numbers
    • fractions
    • decimals
    • percents
    • measurements and data analysis (including graphs)
    • geometry
    • algebra (including integers)

If you require your placement assessment in an alternative format because of a disability, we will make arrangements for you. If you are unable to visit 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.

Testing and Assessment Centre

Room 2-070, Singhmar Centre for Learning, Edmonton Campus




Monday – Friday
7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Weekends & statutory holidays