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Testing Services

Below is a listing of all the testing and assessment services available at Conestoga. From this list below, select your testing or assessment, then select show/hide details for more information.

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.

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Availability

By appointment.

Cost

No cost if eligibility criteria is met. Contact upgrading@conestogac.on.ca.

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for additional details.

How to register

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

More info

Visit Academic Upgrading.

Academic Quick Screen

The 'Quick Screen' is a very basic assessment tool to find out if you have the minimum level of academic skills in math and communications to successfully complete individual courses or programs requiring a certain level of math and communications. If the results recommend that you improve your academic skills contact Academic Upgrading.

This quick assessment is available to clients of the Career Centres and Corporate Training.

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Availability

On request.

Cost

No charge for clients of the Career Centres or Corporate Training.

How to register

Call to meet with an advisor.

Who to contact

519-748-3535, 1-877-748-3535, or careercentre@conestogac.on.ca.

More info

Visit Career Centres or Corporate Training.

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.

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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 info

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).

Full details on Apprenticeship Exemption test

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.

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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/.

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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)
Full details on CELT.

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. 

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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 info

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.

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International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL)

The ICDL certification will improve your ability and confidence in using computers, in both a private and professional capacity, and gives you a high quality internationally-recognized credential.  The certification provides objective verification of your skills and demonstrates that you have achieved a recognized standard.

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Availability

By appointment.

Cost

$280.00

How to register

Contact Melissa Humphries at mhumphries@conestogac.on.ca or 519-748-5220, ext. 3764 to register.

Who to contact

Melissa Humphries at mhumphries@conestogac.on.ca or 519-748-5220, ext. 3764.

More info

Visit ICDL.

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.

Full details on IELTS

Make-up Tests/Exams (MKUP)

The purpose of this testing service is to assist faculty and students by providing invigilation services for missed tests or exams including mid-term or final exams that were scheduled through the school, but missed by the student. This is an optional service. Faculty may choose to handle the make-up tests or exams directly or use the Testing Centre service using the following guidelines posted on myConestoga under the Services List.

The Make-up Testing service does not include supplemental tests and exams. Supplemental tests and exams are handled in accordance to the Conestoga Clearance of Academic Deficiency policies and procedures defined by each school.

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Availability

The Make-up Testing schedule is available on myConestoga under the Services List.

Cost

There is no cost associated to this type of testing.

How to register

The student must contact the faculty member, following the standard communication of absences procedure. The faculty member approves the make-up test request by following the guidelines and procedures posted on myConestoga.

Who to contact

The student must contact and notify the faculty member following the standard communication of absences procedure.

Sample test

Not applicable.

More info

Students are required to follow the school's instructions and report on time at the designated location for pre-test attendance and test administration purposes.

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.

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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:

OntarioLearn

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

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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 info

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

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.

Full details on Pre-admission testing

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.

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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 info

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.

Proctoring/Invigilating Services

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

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Availability

Invigilation/Proctoring Services should be requested through the Testing Services Office, by sending an email to testingservices@conestogac.on.ca.

Cost

For details about proctoring rates, contact testingservices@conestogac.on.ca.

How to register

To register, contact testingservices@conestogac.on.ca.

Who to contact

For more information, contact testingservices@conestogac.on.ca.

Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES)

Essential Skills are the skills needed for work, learning and life. Theese skills provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.

TOWES is an effective assessment that accurately measures three essential skills needed for safe and productive employment: reading text, document use and numeracy. Assessment results advise test takers whether they meet the essential skills levels required for their chosen occupation.

Full details on TOWES
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