Testing Services

Conestoga offers a variety of testing and assessment services to prospective and current students, the general public and employers. The list below outlines information and contact details for assessments that Conestoga delivers.

Please note:

Most students will complete their tests remotely. In exceptional circumstances, faculty can request an on-campus make-up test for a student. Limited in-person testing appointments are currently only available at the Kitchener - Doon Test Centre. Tests are asynchronous and follow strict public health protocols.

If a student has an accommodation that does not align with remote testing options, they should contact their Accessibility Advisor to discuss options.

For more information and updates on college operations in relation to COVID-19, please refer to COVID-19.

For more information on the testing type you are considering, please review the information below.

Current Conestoga Students


Online exam proctoring services are being used in courses through Respondus Monitor. Online proctoring provides convenience for students to take exams from an off-campus location while assuring academic integrity. Respondus transmits data outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

The decision to deliver a proctored online exam is made by individual instructors. Students should consult their course outline or directly with their instructors to determine if exams will be proctored online.

System requirements

Before you begin your exam, you should confirm your system meets the requirements to work with the proctoring service. You will need a:

  • Computer that meets the system requirements
  • Microphone
  • Webcam
  • Conestoga student ID or government-issued photo ID

You should expect the start-up process to take about 10-15 minutes, however, this time will not affect your exam duration. You should also review the Respondus Monitor Student Guide (pdf).


Academic assessment

​If you are interested in Academic Upgrading you will start with general academic assessments to determine the level of your academic knowledge and skills in math and communications. The results of the assessment assist you and your teacher to develop an individualized learning plan to reach your educational goal successfully.

Availability: By appointment

Cost: No cost if eligibility criteria is met; contact upgrading@conestogac.on.ca.

How to register: Contact 519-748-5220, ext.3681, or upgrading@conestogac.on.ca.

More information:Academic Upgrading

General education development (GED) pre-test

This test determines whether students have the academic knowledge and skills to write the official GED Test (Grade 12 Equivalency Test) successfully. The results tell the student how much academic upgrading they need to pass the GED Test.

Availability: The day programs at the Guelph, Waterloo, Stratford, Brantford or Cambridge (downtown Galt, 150 Main Street) campuses are by appointment only. Please call the campus directly to schedule an appointment.

How to register: Please schedule an appointment with the campus you wish to attend.

More information: Contact 519-748-5220, ext.3681, or upgrading@conestogac.on.ca.

Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE)

The Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) is a requirement for admission to the Practical Nursing program at Conestoga College. This exam is a web-based assessment that is administered through a computer. This 130-minute exam assesses academic aptitude, spelling, reading comprehension, science and vocational aptitude.


If you qualify, Conestoga’s Admissions Office will invite you to register for the HOAE. The HOAE is administered online by third-party testing platforms, PSB and Pearson Vue.


$85 US paid directly to PSB’s remote proctor Pearson Vue.

Who to contact:

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

HOAE Sample Questions are available online at https://www.test-preparation.ca/psb/psb_practice/​

Applicants with disabilities

If you have an identified disability, testing accommodations may be arranged with appropriate documentation. Please contact Accessibility Services at accessibility@conestogac.on.ca.

​​​​​Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the ​​HOAE?

A. The Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) is a mandatory part of the admission process for applicants to Conestoga's Practical Nursing program. The HOAE is comprised of five tests that assess an applicant's abilities, skills, knowledge and attitudes important for success in various health-related programs and occupations.

Q. What areas does the HOAE cover?

A. The HOAE covers academic aptitude, spelling, reading comprehension, science, and vocational aptitude. Each sub-test of the HOAE has a specific time limit and number of questions:

  • Academic aptitude - 40 minutes; 75 questions
  • Spelling - 15 minutes; 45 questions
  • Reading comprehension - 35 minutes; 35 questions
  • Information in the natural sciences - 25 minutes; 60 questions
  • Vocation adjustment index - 15 minutes; 90 questions

The total time to complete the HOAE is 130 minutes.

The HOAE is a web-based assessment that is administered through a computer. You will not be permitted to use a calculator, dictionary, or any other aids. Pearson Vue will allow the use of a virtual whiteboard upon request for certain questions.

Sample questions for the HOAE can be found at https://www.test-preparation.ca/psb/psb_practice/. These questions are provided to familiarize you with the format of the examination, the directions for completing each examination section, the types of questions contained in the examination, and the content areas measured by the test questions. These questions will not be found in the examination.

Q. Is there a fee to write the HOAE?

A. Yes, there is a $85.00 US fee to write the HOAE. Payment is made at the time of online registration. A credit card/debit card is required.

Q. Where will I write the HOAE?

A. The HOAE test is written online with a third-party testing platform. Students are required to have a private, quiet space at the time of testing.

Q. What happens if I do not write the HOAE?

A. If you do not write the HOAE, your application will be incomplete and you will not be considered for admission into the Practical Nursing program at Conestoga College.

Q. When will I receive my test results?

A. HOAE results will be sent to Conestoga Admissions and Ontario Colleges, usually within two weeks of writing the test. Please check your Ontario Colleges application for your test results. This will be included in the “experience” section on your application.

Q. Can I rewrite if I do poorly?

A. No. The HOAE can only be written once per academic year.

Q. Can I use my test results on the HOAE from last year?

A. No. Each application cycle is a new process. Test results from a previous academic year cannot be used for the current admission cycle.

Q. I am writing the HOAE at another college. Can I use these results for my application to Conestoga as well?

A. If you are writing the HOAE at another college for the same application cycle, you may have the scores distributed to Conestoga. HOAE results for applicants to Ontario colleges will be distributed by ontariocolleges.ca. All colleges to which you have applied will receive a copy of your HOAE results, provided it is a college and program which requires HOAE as part of the admission process.

Please note that each college has its own deadlines for receiving HOAE results. Please check the HOAE information provided by each college to which you have applied to ensure that you are meeting all deadlines.

Q. What if I require accommodations due to a disability?

A. If you have an identified disability, testing accommodations may be arranged with appropriate documentation. Please contact Accessibility Services at accessibility@conestogac.on.ca.

Pre-admission and Mature Student Assessments - English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology

If you do not meet the English, Mathematics, Chemistry and/or Biology requirements for the certificate or diploma program of your choice, you can write the pre-admission assessments to determine your academic readiness for the program.

Availability: Online using third-party testing platforms, Accuplacer & Examity. You can register directly, or, if applicable, you will receive an invitation from Conestoga Admissions to write the assessment(s).

Please note that the Mature English and Mature Math assessments are not age specific, but program specific, as advised by the admissions office.

Cost: $20-25 US for each assessment (i.e. English, Math, Biology or Chemistry). Students are allowed one rewrite. The same fees apply to rewrite the assessment(s).

How to register: Complete the online form: Request for Pre-Assessment Math, English, Biology & Chemistry Testing.

Who to contact: For more information on the assessment process, please contact the Admissions Office.

Sample tests:

To help you prepare for the assessments, download:

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge, or competencies that have been acquired through employment, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measureable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in a course credit recorded on an official Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students to clear academic deficiencies or to improve grades. PLAR is an optional process and is not used to obtain admission into a program.

View the PLAR policy and procedure.

More information:

Contact the Transfer Credit and PLAR Office at CreditTransfer@conestogac.on.ca or 519-748-5220, ext. 2397, or visit the Credit Transfer and PLAR Office.

English Language

Canadian english language proficiency index program (CELPIP)

Conestoga College collaborates with Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of The University of British Columbia, and is an appointed CELPIP Test Centre.

CELPIP is a set of English language proficiency tests used to assess an individual's English language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The test is fully computer-delivered. Candidates must be familiar with computer usage and have basic keyboard and word processing skills.

The CELPIP test comes in two versions to suit different organizational needs.

CELPIP - General assesses listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in typical everyday situations. This test is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as proof of English language proficiency for those applying to immigrate to Canada. This test is also used by employers requiring proof of English language proficiency of their prospective employees.

CELPIP - General LS assesses listening and speaking proficiency in typical everyday situations. This test is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as proof of listening and speaking proficiency for thoseapplying for Canadian citizenship.

For more information about English language requirements, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Availability: View the full list of test dates and locations at Conestoga.

Cost: View the full list of fees and payment options.

How to register: Register online at CELPIP.

Who to contact: Please contact the CELPIP office by email at info@celpip.ca, by phone toll free at 1-800-958-5186, or online at CELPIP.

Sample test: A sample test is available at https://www.celpip.ca/free/.

More information: Visit CELPIP for more information.

Conestoga English Langauage Test (CELT)

The CELT is an English language assessment used at Conestoga to evaluate the proficiency of English language learners for admission to our programs.

The CELT is not intended for students who are currently enrolled in Conestoga's English Language Studies or English for Academic Studies programs.

The CELT measures your skills:

  • English structure
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking (to confirm bands 5 and 6)

To register, please email Liliana Pereira Melo.

You will need to bring:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Proof of fee payment from the bookstore
  • Pens, pencils and eraser

Please allow for two hours to take the CELT.

Assessment Fee

A $45 fee is required to take the CELT.

Preparing for the CELT

Knowing the format of the test is the first step towards being prepared. The CELT has four sections, each will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The sections are:

  1. English Structure - This section contains an exercise in error correction, comprehension questions related to grammar, a verb tense exercise and sentence writing.
  2. Reading - This section focuses on academic reading, definitions, comprehension questions as well as charts and a summary.
  3. Writing - This section requires you to write a 200 - 300 word essay on a given topic
  4. Listening - This section contains an exercise in which you will respond to lecture questions for comprehension.

If you score Band 5 of higher, you will be contacted to take the speaking assessment to confirm whether college language requirements have been met. The speaking assessment will take 20 minutes.

Speaking - This section contains three parts. In part one, you will answer basic information questions. In part two, you will respond to questions related to a visual. In part three, you will respond to a prompt asking you to give your opinion on a current topic.

CELT scores

The CELT results are communicated via email or telephone within three business days.

The overall achievement scores are called Bands, which determine if you have met the English language requirements for Conestoga programs. See the table below:

Level 1 - Beginner1
Level 2 - Low Intermediate2
Level 3 - High Intermediate3
Level 4 - Advanced4
Direct Entry into Certificate/Diplome Programs5
Direct Entry into Degree Programs/Post Grad Certificates6

If you do not achieve the band you require, you have the following options:

  1. Further English language training through Conestoga's EAS/ELS program
  2. Self-study
  3. Rewrite the CELT within a four-month period
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is designed to assess the English language proficiency of people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. Listening, reading, writing and speaking skills are assessed.

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is an internationally recognized language test designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

Conestoga hosts Canada’s first official IELTS Testing Centre, and administers IELTS tests in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. For more information, including upcoming test dates and registration procedures, visit the IELTS website.​

Industry specific

Apprenticeship exemption test (APPR)

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) has authorized community colleges to administer trade exemption testing for apprentices and non-apprentices. Apprentices may challenge, within their community colleges, the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels of the trade-specific apprenticeship program depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can also challenge the in-school portion of the program starting at level one.

The exemption tests are based on the formal instruction requirements for an apprenticeship program. To be eligible to write an exemption test, the apprentices or non-apprentices must possess the entry requirements for the trade. The minimum age to write the test is 16. Trade-specific standards and entry requirements can be obtained from the local Employment and Training Division of the MCU at 519-653-5758 or Ontario College of Trades at 1-855-299-0028 (within Ontario only).


Exemption tests for apprentices and non-apprentices are scheduled at the Kitchener - Doon campus. Test candidates must bring photo identification on the day of writing.


$155.00 per Apprenticeship Exemption Test

How to register:

Interested test candidates must complete the Request for Apprenticeship Exemption Testing form. Once your test writing eligibility is confirmed, you will receive a registration form, an exam breakdown, and a suggested date. Tests are currently being written on Tuesdays during the day.

Who to contact:

After reviewing the request form, if you need more information on the process of exemption testing for apprentices and non-apprentices, please email apprenticetesting@conestogac.​​on.ca​.

Sample test:

There are no available sample tests, however, test breakdowns can be provided once registration has been completed.

More information:

For more information on employment, training, and certification, visit:

Test of workplace essential skills (TOWES)

The demands of changing workplaces require employees to keep pace with new technologies, safety and productivity standards. It is important for employers to ensure workers have the skills necessary to adapt. TOWES assesses reading text, document use and numeracy the test taker must solve problems and complete tasks using real Canadian workplace documents.

Purpose of TOWES:

  • Employers use TOWES as a pre-screening tool for hiring and training decisions.
  • Employees use TOWES to assess their current level of proficiency, related to their occupation or career goals.
  • Unemployed individuals and career changers can use TOWES to identify their skill level or gaps related to particular job category.
  • Graduating students can take a TOWES credential to their employment interviews.

Cost and availability:

  • The cost of the assessment is $79.50 + HST, a non-refundable fee.
  • Please note some unemployed individuals may qualify for financial assistance to cover the cost of the test.
  • Inquire about the availability of group assessments at work sites or larger group assessments.

TOWES is the sole property of Bow Valley College and Conestoga College is an authorized distributor. Visit www.towes.com for more information about other products and research regarding essential skills.

For more information about TOWES at Conestoga College, contact Kathryn Richards at 519-748-5220, ext. 5605, or krichards@conestogac.on.ca.

Additional resources:

Invigilating/proctoring services


​Students registered in a course delivered through OntarioLearn can have their exam proctored at Conestoga.

Availability: A schedule of final exams is available with various dates, places and times. Contact ontariolearnexams@conestogac.on.ca for more information.

Cost: There is no charge for this proctoring service.

How to register:

Registration for final exams is available at continuing-education.conestogac.on.ca/ontario-learn. Click on 'Exams' to view the final exam schedule. Choose the exam time for a particular course registration below the appropriate semester/intake by clicking 'Book Your Personal Final Exam'.

Who to contact: For mid-term exams or ACE course exams, contact ontariolearnexams@conestogac.on.ca or call 519-748-5220, ext. 3454.

Sample test: Not applicable

More information: Contact ontariolearnexams@conestogac.on.ca or call 519-748-5220, ext. 3454 for more information.

Proctoring/invigilating services

​Conestoga offers invigilation services for candidates looking to have external universities and colleges tests and exams proctored/invigilated at Conestoga's Doon Campus.


Request for individual testers can be made with our online form. A copy of this completed form will be sent to the Test Centre and to the tester upon completion.


Estimated rates are displayed in the registration form depending on the date and time selected. Please see form as this varies by date selected and type of test. Requests for large groups of testers should be booked by sending an email to testingservices@conestogac.on.ca

How to register:

Individual External Invigilation Request Form

Note: Upon completion of the form it is the tester’s responsibility to ask the external institution to send the test to the Conestoga Test Centre. Once the test has been received by the Conestoga Test Centre, the Test Centre will confirm rates and date availability with the tester.

Who to contact:

For more information not found on the form, contact testingservices@conestogac.on.ca.