In-person testing is suspended until further notice. Please review the information under "Online testing and testing outside of Calgary" for information on online testing.

Preparing for the test

Applicants are given three (3) hours to complete the test. If an applicant requires additional time beyond the 3 hours, they may be required to complete the test in multiple sittings.

No, outside resources such as calculators and dictionaries are not permitted on the test.

The Admissions and Placement tests use Accuplacer testing software. The Next-Generation Accuplacer test includes the following sections:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • WritePlacer Essay
  • Arithmetic
  • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

You can find additional information on the test, as well as practice questions on the College Board website. If you are completing the English portion, you should review basic essay structure and thesis statements.

Academic Upgrading

The placement test is NOT pass/fail – it is simply an opportunity to see where your skills are at so that we can place you into appropriate level classes to start your upgrading. If English is not your first language, we may recommend that you enter our English Language Learning program to improve your English skill before pursuing upgrading.

Post-Secondary Programs

The purpose of the admissions test is to demonstrate that you meet the academic requirements of the program you have applied for. For example, if you have applied to a program that requires English 30 and Math 30 your English and Math test results should show that you have the reading/writing and math skills developed in those high school courses.

If you have a documented disability and require additional resources in testing, please review the information below.

After testing

If you have applied to Academic Upgrading you will receive your course placement by email, 3–5 business days after completing the test.

If you have applied to a post-secondary program, our Admissions department will send you an official response by email 2–3 weeks after you complete the test.

Test results are valid for 2 years, and are only applicable at Bow Valley College.

You are required to wait a minimum of 3 months before you can retake the Admissions test. Provided the program you have applied for has not started yet, you may retake the test after the 3-month period. If the program has started, you will be required to submit a new application and application fee prior to re- testing.

Learners with disabilities

If you have a documented disability and require additional resources such as a reader or scribe, please make an appointment with an Accessibility Advisor in our Learner Success Services department. Learner Success Services is located on the first floor of the South Campus, 345 6th Ave SE, or they can be reached by phone at 403-410-1440 or by email at Please note, the Testing Centre is able to accommodate learners who require accessible furniture or additional time to complete testing. If you would like to discuss further, you can contact the Test Officer at 403-410-1735.

Online testing and testing outside of Calgary

If you are unable to test on-campus, you have the option of completing the test through a virtual proctoring service called Examity.

In order to test through Examity, you will need valid government issued photo ID and a computer that meets the technical requirements outlined on the Examity website.

If you would like to complete your test via Examity, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Virtual Proctor Request Form

Please be advised as of March 1, 2022 Bow Valley College will not cover the cost for applicants to test with Examity. The applicant will be responsible for covering any fees required to test virtually.

If you are unable to test in-person at a Bow Valley College campus, you have the option to complete the admissions or placement test within your community with a suitable proctor.

Proctor Request Form (Document will open in new tab. This form can only be used for Placement/Admissions testing.)

Please note, if you currently reside outside of Canada, you will need to complete your test with a virtual proctor.

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