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Assessment and Testing Centre

Assessment FAQs

What to expect from the assessment process

We'll guide you through the process of taking an assessment. If you have questions that aren't answered here, please contact us.

Keep in mind that an assessment is not a test: its purpose is to identify your skills at this moment. The results will show either that you are ready for your program or that you need to upgrade first.

If you do not see an answer to your question, please contact us.

Here are answers to some common questions about the assessment experience.

Before the Assessment

Where do I take my assessment?

What steps should I take to do an assessment?

  1. Determine what assessment you wish to take.
  2. Register online for your free assessment.
  3. Put it in your calendar; you will need about 3 hours.
  4. Brush up on your skills. Study Materials has resources and practice materials to refresh your memory.

Can I drop-in when I want to take an assessment?

We can serve you better if you register online for your assessment. Space is limited, tests are given on a set schedule, and not all tests are given at the same time.

I have results from an assessment at another institution. May I use those at Camosun?

Possibly. Please bring us your results and we will let you know.

Can I take an assessment if my high school grades do not meet program requirements?

Yes—we will accept whichever result is higher.

During the Assessment

How much time do I have?

You should try to finish your English or Math assessment within 3 hours. Trades assessment time limits vary based on the program (typically between 1-2 hours).

Do I write my essay on computer or on paper?

Both options are available. Most assessments at the Assessment Centre (Option B) are computerized.

I’m not sure how to write an essay. Is that ok? How can I prepare?

It’s absolutely ok! We have an essay guidelines sheet that you can read during your assessment. If you want to prepare, have a look at our WritePlacer essay sample guide.

Can I bring in my own calculator for my math assessment? 

No. If your assessment requires a calculator, we will provide one.

Can I leave the room during the assessment?

Yes. Just be sure to let us know on your way out.

After the Assessment

When will I get my results?

Within one week, but sometimes much sooner -- often you will get results within 24 hours. Math results are available immediately.

How do I get my results?

Generally, math results are provided to you immediately after your assessment. English results are emailed as soon as they are ready. We do not provide results over the phone.

What do I do after I get my results?

Contact Admissions and Recruitment to continue your registration process. Your assessment results will have been entered into your student record. If you would like one-on-one support to access these college services, please contact our Student Navigators.

Are my assessment scores final?

Yes. Under exceptional circumstances, you may be permitted to rewrite your assessment after the scores have been reviewed.

How long are my assessment results valid?

There is no expiry date on your assessment results. However, if you haven’t taken an assessment for several years, you may wish to reassess to get an accurate reflection of your current skills.

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