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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know about taking my skills assessment online?

Taking your skills assessment online is convenient and safe. The Assessment Centre will send you all the information you require to create an account with our exam partner Examity. Once you have created your account, you can use the voucher the Assessment Centre sends to you to book an appointment for a date and time of your choosing. Appointments are available 24/7.

For instances where our online proctors need to access your computer screen, such as to troubleshoot technical issues, they will always request permission first and will only gain access to the mouse and keyboard. If you grant access, you will always have the ability to revoke privileges. In addition, any access granted will be automatically disabled at the end of the proctoring session.

For some exams, an online proctor will request access in order to enter a password for the test. This helps keep the password and exam secure, protecting the integrity of test content. Once the password is entered, complete control is returned to the test-taker.

For more information about online proctoring, visit this webpage.

Can I take the skills assessment at the College?

Not at this time. Centennial College facilities are closed until further notice and the College has moved to online learning. Please continue to visit our website for regular updates.

Why do I have to be assessed?

Assessment tests accurately determine your English and Mathematics skill level. Good English listening, writing and reading comprehension skills are important to succeed at Centennial College. For some programs, you also need basic math or science skills to succeed. By testing your college readiness, we can give you advice on how you can pursue your post-secondary goals, and we can tailor your timetable to promote success in your studies at Centennial College.

When should I book my assessment?

If you are writing an assessment to meet outstanding admission requirements, we recommend you book your assessment as soon as you receive a notification from Enrolment Services.

If you are writing an assessment to determine the communications or math course you will be placed in at the start of your program, we recommend you book your assessment as soon as you confirm your offer with Centennial College.

How will the college use my assessment results?

Your skills assessment results will be used in several ways:

  • For admissions consideration (if admissions have not been offered).
  • To find out if you need an upgrading program, such as a Foundations program or an English upgrading program, before you enter 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 a big impact!

Is there a fee for the Admission skills assessment?

In-person admissions skills assessments $60.00
Online admissions skills assessments $90.00

Is there a fee to rewrite the Admissions skills assessment?

Rewriting a test may be permitted under certain circumstances. Please send a message to assessmentcentre@centennialcollege.ca to make an inquiry about rewriting your Admissions skills assessment. If approved the rewrite fee is $75.00.

Is there a fee for the Placement skills assessment?

No. The Assessment Centre will reach out to qualified applicants who have met their program eligibility with details.

How long will the assessments take?

The length of the test depends 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.

When will my results become available?

Communications and math results will be available immediately after the skills assessment. For the communications skills assessment, you may have to wait two business days before learning their results. For Career and College Transition and English for Academic Purpose assessments, you 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 need exam accommodation, please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services by calling 416-289-5000, ext. 3850 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.

To reschedule or cancel your online appointment, please call Examity at 855-392-6489 or send a message to support@examity.com

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 to bring with you are a letter sent to you from Centennial College, a bottle of water and a pair of headphones 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 everything you need for the assessment. Do not bring any valuables, as the Assessment Centre is not responsible for your belongings or personal items.

Underage children can’t be left unattended on College property. Please make 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 isn’t older than 10 years. It can include one of the following: A 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 tests.

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

Progress Campus

Visitor Pay and Display Parking is available in Lot #3 South and Lot #6 South, near the Athletic and Wellness Centre.

Visitor Parking is also available in Lot #2, Lot #3 North, Lot #6 North and Lot #7. You can pay for parking with a credit card at the exit gate. You can also pay with cash, debit or credit card payment at Pay on Foot terminals located in the A Block second floor main entrance by the bridge, the L Block first floor main (west) entrance and the Student Centre main (north) entrance.

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.