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

Test schedules

January 2018

February 2018

  1. Apply to a program first. You cannot take any Admissions tests until we've received your application. Click here, go to or visit the Registrar’s Office, South Campus, Main Floor, Front Counter to apply.
  2. Arrive 30 minutes before test time. Space is limited. If the test room is full, we will ask that you return on another test 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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