Test Centres

Skills Assessment FAQ

As a new Seneca student, you may be required to book an appointment and 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 and have paid the required fees. The purpose of this assessment is simply to place you in the appropriate math course for your program. Act quickly — there are very limited appointments available and the Test Centre cannot guarantee that you will be able to complete your assessment prior to the start of the semester. This may result in an incomplete timetable for your first semester.

If you have attended another postsecondary institution and feel that you have taken an equivalent math class, please visit our Transfer Credit website.

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 & 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 hand-held calculator is permitted 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. A hand-held calculator will be permitted for this assessment.

The Skills Assessment is completed online through Zoom with a Test Centre staff member. You will need to have a reliable internet connection, working camera and microphone on your computer device.

Access your Seneca email by visiting myseneca.ca, and open the Skills Assessment Zoom Meeting invitation that you will have received. Select the “Join Zoom Meeting” link in the invitation to enter your appointment 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. A new browser tab will open; select “open Zoom Meetings”.

You will need the following items for your Skills Assessment:

  1. photo ID includes one of the following:
    • government-issued ID such as driver's licence, passport or Ontario Photo Card (no provincial health cards) 
    • virtual Seneca OneCard or Seneca OneCard
    • recent high school graduates and current high school students may use their high school photo identification
  2. My.Seneca login information: username, password and email (must be activated)
  3. pen, pencil and two sheets of blank paper

Dictionaries are not permitted.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, students completing their FASET or ASU Skills Assessment with the Test Centre’s virtual proctoring service will be required to provide their own hand-held calculator if they wish to use one.

The assessment will last approximately one hour. Students should join 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment with their Test Centre proctor.

Assessment Preparation resources are available on the Test Centre website.

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

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.

Students are advised to give a 24 hours notice for cancellations. Appointments are extremely limited and the Test Centre cannot guarantee that you will be able to complete your assessment prior to the start of the semester. Delaying your assessment may delay your timetable.

You will not receive a grade, mark or score. After completing your math skills assessment, check your Student Home. Select the “Academic Progress” tile, then the “Academic Requirements” tab on the left-hand side. The assessed math course will be displayed at the bottom of the Special Instructions section. The math course that is displayed in this section is the math course you are to enroll into.

How to enroll in a Math Course (PDF)

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 you are placed in MTH158, you will be required to take this additional course that is 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.

Students in the Arts and Science - University Transfer program will complete the Math Skills Assessment for ASU.