Bow Valley College offers Admissions testing for select career programs and Placement testing for High School Upgrading applicants.

Test schedules

March 2018

April 2018

  1. You need to apply to a program before taking an Admissions test. Click here for application information.
  2. The test room opens 30 minutes before test times. Space is limited. If the room is full, we will ask you to return on another date.
  3. You must bring government-issued photo identification.
  4. You will be given a maximum of 3 hours to complete the test.

Academic accommodations may be available if you have documentation of a disability (learning disability, mental health issue, physical disability etc.). Please visit Learner Success Services on the 1st floor South Campus or email

Preparation materials

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


  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Skills
  • WritePlacer Essay


  • Arithmetic
  • Elementary Algebra

Below are links to practice questions and additional information about the test:

Proctor information

If you live within a 1-hour drive of a Bow Valley College campus, you are expected to complete your admissions test at one of our locations. Please see the locations and contact information for our regional campuses. If you live beyond a 1-hour drive of a Bow Valley College campus, you have the option to complete the admissions test within your community with a suitable proctor.

Admissions Test - Proctor Request Form PDF (this form can only be used for Placement/Admissions testing)

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