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Assessment and Testing Centre

Tests Given

Assessment tests offered by Camosun

English, math and specialized assessments help place you in the right course level to match your skills, no matter what those skills are. We also offer external testing services.

English Placement Test

After you apply to Camosun, you will be asked to demonstrate that you meet the admission requirements for your chosen program. If English is one of the requirements, there are two ways to show that you meet the specified level: by submitting a transcript or by taking an assessment.

A few reasons you may choose to write an English assessment:

  • You have no high school transcript
  • Your transcript doesn't include English courses higher than Grade 9
  • Your English course grade is below what is required for program admission

We strongly recommend that you complete an assessment if your skills are rusty or your prerequisites are several years old. The assessment will help to determine if your current skills are sufficient, or whether taking a refresher course first would give you a better chance of success.

English Test Details

The English assessment is delivered in a computer-based test format called Accuplacer. There are sections of multiple-choice questions and an essay requirement written on Writeplacer – a component of the Accuplacer test. You have up to three hours to complete the assessment.

Accuplacer is an adaptive test. This means that the order and content of questions asked vary depending on whether you answer correctly or incorrectly. It is also adaptive in the test sections given. You may write two sections, while others write five sections or sub-tests depending on how you answer the questions.

Computer-based tests are currently only available at the Lansdowne Assessment Centre. For information on out-of-town or Centre for Accessible Learning assessments, please contact us.

Sample tests


English Placement Tests for Specific Programs

Electrical Trades Foundation English Test

To meet admission requirements for Electrical Trades Foundation.

The English assessment is delivered in a computer-based test format called Accuplacer. There are sections of multiple-choice questions and an essay requirement written on Writeplacer – a component of the Accuplacer test. You have up to three hours to complete the assessment.

Accuplacer is an adaptive test. This means that the order and content of questions asked vary depending on whether you answer correctly or incorrectly. It is also adaptive in the test sections given. You may write two sections, while others write five sections or sub-tests depending on how you answer the questions.

When taking the test, it is very important that you indicate that you are applying for the Electrical Trades Foundation program when prompted to select a major from the list of Accuplacer majors. Likewise, it is important that you indicate your program choice on the Personal Data Form you will be asked to complete at test time.

Sample tests

Health Care Assistant Test

To meet admission requirements for Health Care Assistant.

The English assessment is delivered in a computer-based test format called Accuplacer. There are sections of multiple-choice questions and an essay requirement written on Writeplacer – a component of the Accuplacer test. You have up to three hours to complete the assessment.

Accuplacer is an adaptive test. This means that the order and content of questions asked vary depending on whether you answer correctly or incorrectly. It is also adaptive in the test sections given. You may write two sections, while others write five sections or sub-tests depending on how you answer the questions.

When taking the test, it is very important that you indicate that you are applying for the Health Care Assistant (HCA) program when prompted to select a major from the list of Accuplacer majors. Likewise, it is important that you indicate your program choice on the Personal Data Form you will be asked to complete at test time.

Sample tests

Office Administration English Test

To meet admission requirements for Legal Office Assistant, Medical Office Assistant or Office Administration.

The Applied Business Technology programs are being redesigned. If you are planning to take an assessment test for Legal Office Assistant, Medical Office Assistant or Office Administration programs, please contact the Assessment Centre and include your intended program. We will then direct you to the correct sample test.

After August 31, 2015, these programs will use the English Placement test as described above.

Trades English Test

To meet admission requirements for all Camosun Trades Foundation programs, with the exception of Electrical Trades Foundation and Fine Furniture/Joinery Trades Foundation.

Sample tests

Mathematics Placement Test

Note: This test is used for the Electrical Foundations Program

After you apply to Camosun, you will be asked to demonstrate that you meet the admission requirements for your chosen program. If Math is one of the requirements, there are two ways to show that you meet the specified level: by submitting a transcript or by taking an assessment.

A few reasons you may choose to write Math assessment:

  • You have no high school transcript
  • Your transcript doesn't include Math courses higher than Grade 9

We strongly recommend that you complete an assessment if your skills are rusty or your prerequisites are several years old. The assessment will help to determine if your current skills are sufficient, or whether taking a refresher course first would give you a better chance of success.

Math Test Details

This Accuplacer computer-based test is made up of content ranging from basic arithmetic to higher level algebra, trigonometry and calculus depending on your math background. The test is untimed. Calculators are not allowed. Total time (including directions) for the assessment is one to three hours.

Computer-based tests are currently only available at the Lansdowne Assessment Centre. For information on out-of-town or Centre for Accessible Learning assessments, please contact us.

Sample tests

  • Accuplacer
    • Fundamental Math
    • Arithmetic
    • Elementary Algebra
    • College Level math

Program-specific Math Assessments

Trades Math Test

To meet admission requirements for all Camosun Trades Foundation programs, with the exception of Electrical Trades Foundation and Fine Furniture/Joinery Trades Foundation (see above).

Content includes arithmetic and basic algebra. The test is timed. Calculators are not allowed.

Sample tests

The total time for the test (including directions) is one to 1.5 hours. Actual test time allotted is 60 minutes for 50 questions, except Culinary Arts which is 50 minutes for 40 questions.

Fine Furniture/Joinery Trades Foundation Readiness Test

To meet admission requirements for Fine Furniture/Joinery Trades Foundation.

All program applicants must take the six-element Fine Furniture Readiness Test. The first two sections, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary, relate directly to course content. This test also includes questions on math and measurement.

Sample tests

This is a computer-based test and you have three hours in which to complete the six sections, including a short essay.

English as a Second Language Placement Test

Are you an International Student?

Please contact Camosun International to arrange an assessment.

All English language testing is completed at the Interurban campus through the English Language Development Program. If English is not your first language and you wish to book an English Language (ESL) assessment, please contact ELD.

Supported

Do you want to take upgrading courses and don’t have English 10 or Math 10 (or higher)? You can book an Access assessment which is held at the Interurban campus and consists of a one-on-one interview and/or testing with an instructor.

Please contact Jill Auchinachie at 250-370-4481 or email to book an Access assessment.

Do you have a documented disability? If you have a documented disability that requires you to test under specific conditions, make an appointment with a Centre for Accessible Learning staff member so that testing accommodations and support can be arranged for you.

External Testing Services

The Assessment Centre provides invigilation (also called proctoring or test supervision) services for entrance exams to other institutions, mid-term and final exams for distance education courses, and other tests that may require an independent invigilator.

We host a variety of external exams. Please visit the test-specific sites if you require registration information for the following exams:

For all other external exam requests, please submit an appointment form for invigilation. We will contact you to let you know if and when we can accommodate your booking request.

Writing Help

Need some help polishing your academic writing skills? Check out Camosun's support services and online resources.

Free Study App

Get access to the Accuplacer study app or learn more about it PDF.

Note that the app does not cover testing for Fundamental Levels - please use the Sample Tests linked below each test description.

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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