Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to be assessed?

The assessment tests are designed to accurately diagnose your English and Mathematics skill level. Good English listening, writing, and reading comprehension skills are crucial to a student’s success at Centennial College. For certain programs, basic mathematics or science skills are also needed to succeed in your studies. By testing your college readiness, we can provide you with effective advice on how you can pursue your post-secondary goals, as well as allowing us to tailor your timetable to promote success in your studies at Centennial College.

How will the college use my assessment results?

Your skills assessment results will be utilized in several ways:

  • For admissions consideration (if admissions has not been offered)
  • To indicate the need for an upgrading program, such as a Foundations program or an English upgrading program, before entering a regular post-secondary program
  • To identify the appropriate language and/or math course that matches your current skill level

Be sure to do your best, because the results can have significant impact!

Is there a fee for the assessment?

No, you do not have to pay for the Centennial College skills assessment.

How long will the assessments take?

The duration of the test varies depending on the type of test. Ask for details when you are booking your assessment or call (416) 289 5000, ext. 2598 to find your assessment on the Assessment Formats page.

How can I prepare for the assessments?

No specific preparation is required because the skills the assessments are testing are ones that you have acquired through your previous education or employment experiences. However, if you require guidelines and refresher material, you are welcome to access our Study Materials.

What do I need to bring for the assessments?

The most important item you need to bring with you is acceptable photo ID. Other items you are also allowed with you is a letter sent to you from Centennial College, a bottle of water, and a pair of headsets (if you are writing the Language skills assessment).

Please do not bring your own stationery, writing utensils, dictionary, or calculator. We will provide you with all the materials you need for the assessment. Do not bring any valuables as the Assessment Centre is not responsible for your belongings or personal items.

Under age children cannot be left unattended on College property. Please make necessary child care arrangements before attending a skills assessment. There are no exceptions to this rule.

What is acceptable photo ID?

Acceptable photo ID has a current photo and cannot be older than 10 years. These can include one of the following: passport (Canadian or foreign), driver’s license, provincial photo ID card, proof of citizenship card, Permanent Residence card, or a Centennial College student photo ID.

If you do not have any of the above ID, you may provide non-government issued photo ID (such as other school photo ID, transit photo ID, or employment ID) along with either your birth certification, or social insurance card.

Students arriving without proper photo ID will not be allowed to write their skills assessment and will be asked to rebook their test.

What is the parking policy when I arrive to write my assessment?

Weekday Testing (8:00 AM to 5:30 PM)

Progress Campus

Please park in the gated lot 3 or lot 6 when you arrive at Centennial College. You will be issued an entry ticket at the gate. Bring this ticket with you to the Assessment Centre.

After your assessment, please speak to the front desk staff. You will be provided with an exit ticket required to leave the parking lot.

Ashtonbee Campus

Short term parking is available in the south end of the Student Parking Lot off of Ashtonbee Road. Please remember to purchase and display a valid pay-and-display ticket if you plan to park in the short-term lot.

Story Arts Centre

Short term parking is available on the south-east end of the campus, immediately inside the entry driveway. Please remember to purchase and display a valid pay-and-display ticket if you plan to park in the short-term lot.

For more information regarding parking, please visit our Parking Services page.

Weekend and Evening Testing (After 5:30 PM)

Applicable to all campuses, free parking is provided by the college to all visitors and students on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and weekdays after 5:30 PM. Please park in one of the lots with the open gate if you are writing an evening or weekend exam.

When will my results become available?

English and Math results will be available immediately after the Skills Assessment. For the English Skills Assessment, some students will have to wait two business days before learning their results. For Career and College Transition and English for Academic Purpose assessments, students will have to wait up to one week for results.

What if I require accommodation while writing my exam?

If you are a student with a documented disability and would require exam accommodation, please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities by calling (416) 289 5000, ext. 2627 before booking your skills assessment with us.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my test?

We understand if you are not able to write your exam on the date you have booked with us. However, because space is limited, please try your best to notify us 3-5 days in advance so we can offer the free spot to another candidate.