Academic Assessments

Applicants may be required to write admissions tests:

  • To determine whether they have the required 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 Admissions may recommend this assessment).

Academic skills testing is a complementary 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 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 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 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.

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)

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.

To book an assessment

Testing and Assessment Centre

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