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Skills Assessment Frequently Asked Questions

What is Skills Assessment testing, and why do I need to take it?

As a new Seneca student, you may be required to write the Skills Assessment, even if you have written a pre-admission test. This assessment is done after you have accepted your offer of admission. Be sure to act quickly - getting your first-semester timetable may depend on a completed assessment.

How much does it cost to write a Skills Assessment?

All costs for Skills Assessments are paid for by Seneca College. There is no charge for you to write your Skills Assessment.

What is involved?

You will need to complete an English assessment comprised of:

  • A Short Essay
    To measure your ability to write a formal essay, you will have 1 hour to write a 300-word essay based on a short article.
Depending on your program requirements you may also need to complete one or both of the following assessments:
  • Arithmetic *:
    This test involves operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and problem solving.
  • Elementary Algebra *:
    This assessment tests your understanding of integers and rational numbers, algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, and word problems.
* Not for Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology Students. These students should consult the last FAQ question for alternate mathematics testing requirements.

What's the outcome of the assessment?

Once you have been assessed, you will be eligible to be enrolled in the English and/or Mathematics classes appropriate to your level and program.

Delaying your assessment may delay your timetable.

Is this test a condition of acceptance?

The Skills Assessment is not graded as a pass or fail test, and will not affect your admission status as you have already been accepted to Seneca based on your transcripts. The purpose of this test is simply to place you in the appropriate English and/or Math course for your program.

Are there any practice tests I can do prior to my assessment?

I require special accommodations. Can the Test Centre meet my needs?

If you have a learning or physical disability requiring special accommodation, please contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services prior to booking your Skills Assessment appointment.

What if I miss my appointment for my Skills Assessment Test?

Students are advised to give a 24-hour notice for cancelations. You may reschedule your appointment online via the online booking system.

Delaying your assessment may delay your timetable.

What do I need to bring?

  1. Your Seneca College student identification number and
  • Seneca OneCard or
  • Government-issued ID such as driver's license, passport or Ontario Photo Card (health cards are not considered valid photo identification) or
  • Recent high school graduates and current high school students may use their high school photo identification
  1. Pen, pencil, eraser
Please note that calculators are not permitted.

How long will the assessment take?

The assessment will last approximately:

  • English testing only - one hour
  • English/Math testing - two to three hours

When do I get the results of my Skills Assessment Test?

Skills Assessment results are not available to you, the student. Instead, they are compiled and evaluated to place you in an appropriate English / Math course during your first semester.
Students writing their tests 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the semester will receive their completed timetable with the appropriate English / Math courses. The Skills Assessment online booking site closes one day prior to the start of each semester. If you have not yet completed your Skills Assessment by the first day of school, the Test Centres will facilitate testing on a walk-in basis.
For further information, you may contact the Skills Assessment department directly at
(416) 491-5050 Ext: 26343 or

What can I do if I feel I have been placed into the wrong English / Math course?

If you feel you have been placed into an English or Math class that does not reflect your true abilities, we recommend that you attend the scheduled class and speak to your instructor. 

If you are assessed at a level below COM101 or MBF101, you may be required to take additional courses which are not included in your tuition fees. This will result in an extra course fee(s) in a subsequent semester(s).

What are the Math Skills test requirements for Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering students, and how do I find out more about them?

For Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology students ONLY - Canadian Achievement Test 3rd Edition - CAT3 - Mathematics.

This multiple choice test will take 40 minutes. Note: Students enrolled in the School of Information and Communications Technology do not take this test.

Be sure to check the Frequently Asked Questions sheet about the Math test for Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology Students.