Skills Assessment

Skills Assessment is a tool to determine academic placement for your English and/or math class during your first semester of studies. This assessment is done after you have confirmed your offer of admission. Be sure to act quickly — getting your first-semester timetable may depend on a completed assessment.

As soon as you have confirmed your offer of admission and verified that your program requires an assessment, please book your Skills Assessment. Please note that when the semester begins, students can no longer book their assessments. Instead, the Test Centre welcomes students on a walk-in basis.

Please ensure that when you arrive to complete your Skills Assessment, you have government-issued photo identification or your Seneca OneCard. Please note that health cards are NOT permitted.

 

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. Be sure to act quickly — getting your first semester timetable may depend on a completed assessment.

If you have attended another postsecondary institute and feel that you have taken an equivalent math or English class, please visit our Degree and Transfer Credit department.

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

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 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 the following 9 mathematical topic areas: Whole Numbers, Arithmetic, Integers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratios and Proportions, Percents, Basic Algebra, and Measurements.
  • Science and Engineering Technology Programs Math Skills Assessment
    The Technology Math Skills assessment is only for Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology Students. Students enrolled in the School  of Information and Communication Technology programs do NOT need to complete a math assessment. The assessment covers the following mathematical topic areas: Arithmetic, Percent, Ratios & Proportions, Basic Algebra, Linear Correlation, Graphs & Systems of Linear Equations and Measurements.
  • 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 following mathematical topic areas: Equations and Inequalities, Functions, Linear Functions, Polynomial and Rational Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, The Unit Circle: Sine and Cosine Functions, and Periodic Functions.

Once you have been assessed, you will be eligible to be enrolled in the English and/or 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 simply to place you in the appropriate English and/or math course for your program.

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.

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

Delaying your assessment may delay your timetable.

  1. Your Seneca College 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
  2. My.Seneca login information: username, password and email (must be activated)
  3. Pen, pencil, eraser

Please note that calculators and dictionaries are not permitted.

The assessment will last approximately:

  • English assessment only - one hour
  • English/math testing - two hours

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 English/math course during your first semester.

Keep checking your My.Seneca Student Home after the open enrolment period.

For further information, you may contact the Skills Assessment department directly at  416.491.5050 ext: 26343.

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 professor. 

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).

Students in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology program will complete the Technology Math Skills Assessment.

View the Math Skills Assessment sheet about the Technology Math Skills Assessment for Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology students.

Note: Students enrolled in the School of Information and Communications Technology do not take this test.

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