Testing & Assessment 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.

For general test and assessment inquiries, please contact 519-748-5220, ext. 2513.


Admissions

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:

Visit 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 is 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)

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 two-and-a-half to three-hour exam assesses academic aptitude, spelling, reading comprehension, science and vocational aptitude.

Only applicants meeting admission requirements and a minimum academic strength are invited to write the HOAE. Offers of admission to this oversubscribed program will be made using a formula which considers academic strength (50%), results on the HOAE (45%), and an assessment of any completed health-related academic credentials the applicant may possess (up to 5%). Such credentials may include, but are not limited to, completed programs in Respiratory Therapy, OTA & PTA, Personal Support Worker, Paramedic, Dietetic Technician, and/or others.

Availability:

The HOAE will be offered on specific dates in January and February for applicants applying to the September start of the Practical Nursing program. Your communication from the Admissions Office will indicate the sessions open to you and will instruct you on scheduling an appointment.

Cost:

$50.00

Who to contact:

To obtain more information on the HOAE process, please contact Dianne Gross at 519-748-5220, ext. 3425, or dgross@conestogac.on.ca.

Sample test:

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

Registering for the HOAE at Conestoga College

Applicants who meet admission requirements and a minimum academic strength will be contacted by the Admissions Office and informed that they must write the HOAE. Detailed registration instructions for the HOAE will be provided in correspondence from the Admissions Office to the applicant, including how to select a date and how to provide payment for the HOAE.

The HOAE can only be written once per academic year. Each application cycle is a new process. Test results from a previous year cannot be used for the current admission cycle. If you are applying to the Practical Nursing program for the Fall and Winter intakes within the same application cycle, the same test results can be used for both of those applications, provided the test was taken within the same academic year.

Applicants with disabilities

If you have an identified disability, testing accommodations may be arranged with appropriate documentation. Call 519-748-5220, ext. 3425 for more information and to arrange an appointment time to test.

Please be aware that the type of accommodations will be based on the recommendation of the disability specialist and approval of the program coordinator.

International applicants

If you are an international applicant living outside of Canada, please see the instructions below for booking an off-site testing location. Please note that in addition to the alternate test locations listed (community colleges and universities), international applicants may also request to have their HOAE test proctored at a Canadian Embassy in their home country. (Arrangements must be made by the applicant and will not be facilitated by the international office.) These are the ONLY alternate locations that are accepted. A qualified invigilator (must be a faculty person or authorized testing staff at a college or university or embassy) is also required.

Off-site testing

We strongly recommend that you complete your HOAE test at Conestoga College. However, if you are more than 200 km from Conestoga College’s Doon Campus, you can request off-site testing. It is your responsibility to arrange for an alternate test location (community colleges and universities are the only alternate locations that are accepted; international applicants living outside of Canada should see the information for international applicants above) and a qualified invigilator (must be a faculty person or authorized testing staff at a college or university). A computer with internet access is required for you to write the test. You are also responsible for any fees charged by the alternate test location. Conestoga College does not assume any responsibility for problems encountered at the alternate location.

If you wish to apply for off-site testing, complete the following steps:

  • Follow the directions above for registering and paying for the exam at Conestoga College.
  • Download and complete the   HOAE Off-Site Test Request Form.
  • Fax the application to the proctor at least 10 days before the date reserved at Conestoga College.
  • Your Conestoga reservation will be cancelled and your test will be forwarded to the alternate location.

Applicants to other colleges who wish to write the HOAE at Conestoga College

If you are not an applicant to Conestoga's Practical Nursing program and wish to write the HOAE for another college, you can access the “Browse Continuing Education” tab on the student portal.  Enter the course code "ATST9000" and follow the directions for registration and payment.​

​​​​​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 2.5 hours.

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.

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. How do I book my test date?

A. Applicants who meet admission requirements and a minimum academic strength will be contacted by the Admissions Office and invited to write the HOAE as the next step in the admission process. Detailed registration instructions for the HOAE will be provided in correspondence from the Admissions Office to the applicant, including how to select a date and how to provide payment for the HOAE.

Q. Is there a fee to write the HOAE?

A. Yes, there is a $50.00 fee to write the HOAE. Payment is made at the time of online registration. A credit card is required.

Q. Where will I write the HOAE?

A. The HOAE will be written at Conestoga's Doon campus.

Q. What do I need to bring to the test?

A. You must bring the following to your test session:

  • Photo identification
  • Confirmation of your registration for the HOAE
  • Your ontariocolleges.ca application number

We will provide you with everything you need to complete your assessment.

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?

Q. Can I rewrite if I do poorly?

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

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.

Q. Can I write the test at a different location?

A. We strongly recommend that you complete your HOAE test at Conestoga College. However, if you are more than 200 km from Conestoga College's Doon Campus, you can request off-site testing. It is your responsibility to arrange for an alternate test location (community colleges and universities are the only alternate locations that are accepted; international applicants living outside of Canada should see the information for international applicants above) and a qualified invigilator (must be a faculty person or authorized testing staff at a college or university). A computer with internet access is required for you to write the test. You are also responsible for any fees charged by the alternate test location. Conestoga College does not assume any responsibility for problems encountered at the alternate location.

If you wish to apply for off-site testing, complete the following steps:

  • Follow the directions above for registering and paying for the exam at Conestoga College.
  • Download and complete the HOAE Off-Site Test Request Form.
  • Email the application to dgross@conestogac.on.ca at least 10 days before the date of your off-site appointment.
  • Your Conestoga reservation will be cancelled and your test will be forwarded to the alternate location

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. Call (519) 748-5220, ext. 3425 for more information and to arrange an appointment time to test.

Please be aware that the type of accommodations will be based on the recommendation of the disability specialist and approval of the program coordinator.

Q. I am an international applicant. How do I write HOAE?

A. If you are an international applicant living outside of Canada, please see the instructions for booking an off-site testing location. Please note that in addition to the alternate test locations listed (community colleges and universities), international applicants may also request to have their HOAE test proctored at a Canadian Embassy in their home country. (Arrangements must be made by the applicant and will not be facilitated by the international office) These are the ONLY alternate locations that are accepted. A qualified invigilator (must be a faculty person or authorized testing staff at a college or university or embassy) is also required.

Q. How do I get to the Doon campus?

A. A​ map to the Doon (Kitchener) Campus is available online.

Please note: There is no charge for parking at the Doon campus after 4 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.​

Mature Student Assessment

Mature Student Assessment is available for the following programs: Bartending, Bookkeeping, Business Foundations, Food Processing Techniques, Food Service Worker, Construction Techniques, Brick and Stone Fundamentals, Digital Communication Systems, Drywall Fundamentals, Motive Power Fundamentals and Roofing Fundamentals.

Availability:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. for English, 10:30 a.m. for Math at the Doon Campus, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Main Building, Assessment Centre - Room 2A210.

Cost:

$30 for one assessment, $40 for both. The same fees apply to rewrite the assessment(s).

How to register:

  1. Book your assessment by calling the Assessment Hotline at 519-748-5220, ext. 2266.
  2. Print and complete the Pre-Admission and Mature Student Assessment Registration form.
  3. Bring the completed Pre-Admission and Mature Student Assessment Registration form to the assessment session along with your payment.

Who to contact:

To obtain more information on the Mature Student Assessment process, please contact Peggy Roth at 519-748-5220, ext. 3425 or proth@conestogac.on.ca.

Sample test:

To help you prepare for the assessments, practice using these samples:

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

Availability:

English: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m.

Math: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 

Science: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.

Location: Doon Campus, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Main Building, Test Centre - Room 2A509.

Cost:

The assessment fee is $30 for one assessment (i.e. English, Math, Biology or Chemistry). There is a charge of $10 for each additional assessment written. Effective September 1, 2012, the same fees apply to rewrite the assessment(s).

How to register:

Print and complete the Pre-admission and Mature Student Assessment Registration Form, and bring it to the assessment session along with your payment. You must also phone the Assessment Hotline at (519) 748-5220, ext. 2266 to book your appointment.

Who to contact:

To obtain more information on the Admission Assessment process, please contact Dianne Gross at 519-748-5220, ext. 3425, or dgross@conestogac.on.ca

Sample test:

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.

Availability:

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 for more information.

Cost:

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 for more information.

How to register:

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 for more information.

Who to contact:

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 for more information.

Sample test:

Not applicable for this type of assessment.

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 for more information.

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 those applying 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 Language 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 in:

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

2019 Dates & Locations

Campus: Doon (Kitchener)
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • July 18, Room 1E29
  • August 15, Room 1E29
  • August 20, Room 3E28
  • September 17, Room 1F16
  • October 8, Room 1F16
  • October 29, Room 1F16
  • November 19, Room 1F16
  • December 10, Room 1F16

Taking the CELT

The CELT is available at Conestoga's Doon campus
299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario.

To register, please contact:​
Liliana Pereira Melo at 519-748-5220, ext. 3751, or lpereiramelo@conestogac.on.ca.

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. Please pay this at the bookstore​​ before the test.

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:

English Structure - This section contains an exercise in error correction, comprehension questions related to grammar, a verb tense exercise and sentence writing.

Reading - This section focuses on academic reading, definitions, comprehension questions as well as charts and a summary.

Writing - This section requires you to write a 200 - 300 word essay on a given topic.

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:

CELT Scores
LEVELBAND
Level 1 - Beginner1
Level 2 - Low Intermediate2
Level 3 - High Intermediate3
Level 4 - Advanced4
Direct Entry into Certificate/Diploma 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

APICS (The Association for Operations Management) Testing

APICS is the global leader and premier source of knowledge in supply chain and operations management. APICS certification programs are recognized worldwide as the standard of supply chain management excellence by organizations, educators and professionals.

Conestoga collaborates with APICS - Ontario Grand Valley Chapter (OGV) by providing APICS specialty courses, seminars and certification review courses. OGV serves members from Brantford, Waterloo Region, Guelph, Stratford, Goderich, Elmira, Walkerton, Mount Forest, Orangeville, Fergus, Paris, St. Marys, Listowel, Palmerston and Milverton.

A list of APICS seminars and APICS certification review courses is available. APICS Specialty courses offered by Conestoga are available online. These courses may be of interest to manufacturing, distribution and the retail business industry.

Availability:

Conestoga offers proctoring services for APICS tests on Saturday mornings. For a full list of test dates, times and locations, please visit the APCIS test schedule.

Cost:

Costs for CPIM and CSCP examinations are listed at APICS costs.

How to register:

APICS determines which candidates are authorized to take an exam and then sends Pearson VUE records for each authorized candidate. CPIM candidates do not require an authorization but must be registered with APICS prior to scheduling a test. All registrations are processed by the Pearson VUE office:

  • Online at the Pearson VUE website.

  • Call the Pearson VUE call centre, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, at 1-866-583-8949 for Canada, Mexico or U.S., or 1-952-905-7418 for the Americas Region.

Who to contact:
For scheduling inquiries contact Pearson VUE at 1-866-583-8949.

More information:

Please visit APICS for more information.
Apprenticeship Exemption Test (APPR)

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) 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 MTCU at 519-653-5758 or Ontario College of Trades at 1-855-299-0028 (within Ontario only).

Availability:

Exemption tests for apprentices and non-apprentices are scheduled at the Doon – Kitchener campus. Test candidates must bring photo identification on the day of writing. Test candidates must register a minimum 7 days prior to the preferred test day.

Cost:

$155.00 per Apprenticeship Exemption Test.

How to register:

The exemption tests are written in sequential order. Contact 519-748-5220, ext 2260 or email dstoicoiu@conestogac.on.ca to confirm your writing eligibility and to obtain a registration form, an exam breakdown and a testing schedule.

Who to contact:

For more information on the process of exemption testing for apprentices and non-apprentices, please contact 519-748-5220, ext 2260, or email dstoicoiu@conestogac.​​on.ca​.

Sample test:

Not applicable.

More information:

More information on employment, training, and certification, visit http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/ and http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/​​.


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

OntarioLearn

​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 www.conestogac.on.ca/distance-learning/ontariolearn. 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.


Availability:

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

Cost:

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.