Skills Assessment FAQ
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. The purpose of this assessment is simply to place you in the appropriate math course for your program. Be sure to act quickly — getting your first semester timetable may depend on a completed assessment.
All costs for Skills Assessments are paid for by Seneca. There is no charge for you to write your Skills Assessment.
Depending on your program requirements, you may need to complete one of the following assessments:
- Business, Liberal/General Arts and Hospitality Programs Math Skills Assessment
This assessment is for all Business and Liberal/General Arts students. The assessment covers nine mathematical topic areas such as whole numbers, arithmetic, integers, decimals, fractions, ratios and proportions, per cents, basic algebra and measurements. No calculators are permitted for this assessment.
- Science and Engineering Technology Programs Math Skills Assessment
The Technology Math Skills assessment is only for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology students. The assessment covers the mathematical topic areas such as arithmetic, per cent, ratios and proportions, basic algebra, linear correlation, graphs and systems of linear equations and measurements. Students enrolled in the School of Software Design & Data Science and School of Information Technology Administration and Security programs do not need to complete a math assessment. A calculator will be provided for this assessment.
- Arts and Science - University Transfer Program Math Skills Assessment
The Math Skills assessment for ASU is only for Arts and Science – University Transfer Students. The assessment covers the mathematical topic areas such as equations and inequalities, functions, linear functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, the unit circle: sine and cosine functions, and periodic functions. A calculator will be provided for this assessment.
Once you have been assessed, you will be eligible to be enrolled in the math classes appropriate to your level and program.
Delaying your assessment may delay your timetable.
The Skills Assessment is not graded as a test you can pass or fail, and will not affect your admission status as you have already been accepted to Seneca based on your transcripts. The purpose of this assessment is to place you in the appropriate math course for your program.
- Your Seneca student identification number and
- Seneca OneCard or
- Government-issued ID such as driver's license, passport or Ontario Photo Card
(no provincial health cards) or
- Recent high school graduates and current high school students may use their high school photo identification
- My.Seneca login information: username, password and email (must be activated)
- Pen, pencil, eraser
Dictionaries are not permitted.
The Test Centre will provide a calculator for those students who are writing a FASET or ASU math assessment.
The assessment will last approximately one hour.
Please arrive at the Test Centre at least 15 minutes prior to your examination.
Skills Assessment results are not available to students. Instead, they are compiled and evaluated to place you in an appropriate math course during your first semester.
The math course that you have been assessed for will be listed in your Advisement Report located in your Student Centre.
For further information, you may contact the Skills Assessment team directly at 416.491.5050 ext. 26343.
If you feel you have been placed into a math class that does not reflect your true abilities, we recommend that you attend the scheduled class and speak to your professor.
If your assessment does not place you in 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).
Students in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology program will complete the Math Skills Assessment for FASET.
View the FASET Math Skills Assessment sheet for Practice Material.
Students enrolled in the School of Software Design & Data Science and School of Information Technology Administration and Security do not take this test.