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Testing Services offers students from SAIT and other institutions flexible options to take examinations. Our classroom-based testing environment is video-monitored, and our computers are equipped with LanSchool software to monitor activity, restrict access and help ensure exam integrity.

SAIT Testing Services abides by the following SAIT invigilation policies and procedures:


Invigilation and Security of Examinations Procedure
Distance Education Invigilation and Security of Examinations Procedure

Location and Hours of Operation

Exams are held at SAIT Testing Services in the Lamb Learner Success Centre, MC221, Stan Grad Centre. Please refer to our hours of operations when booking exams and making inquiries. 

Please note that during our SAIT final exam periods, exam booking restrictions apply and our online booking system will be unavailable. 

Testing for admission to SAIT

We offer admission testing for prospective students seeking admission into SAIT programs. Admission tests are not considered equivalent to Alberta Education diploma examinations.

SAIT does not provide study guides for admission exams. You can refer to Alberta Education Exam Guides, but we cannot guarantee all material will be similar. For suggested resources, please email testing@sait.ca. 

All tests are 3 hours in length with the exception of English 30 which is 4.5 hours in length, which can be taken in three sections over the course of five business days, and Professional Cooking which is 1.5 hours in length, and Biology 20 which is 2 hours in length.

The following admission tests are available:

Apprenticeship and pre-employment

• Level 2 (Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Sheet Metal, Welder)
• Level 4 (Machinist, Plumber, Steamfitter - Pipefitter)
• Level 5 (Electrician, Refrigeration)

SAIT does not provide study guides at this time for apprenticeship and pre-employment exams. Please refer to the AIT study guide for a generalized idea of some of what you can expect. Some material on the apprenticeship and pre-employment exams may not appear in the AIT study guide.

Biology 20 and 30
Chemistry 20 and 30
English 30
Professional Cooking and Baking Math
• Math 10c
• Math 20-1
• Math 20-2
• Math 20-3
• Math 30-1
• Math 30-2
Physics 20 and 30
Keyboard Assessment
• This is a computerized assessment of 30 minutes practice time followed by five attempts of 5 minutes each. Keyboard Assessments can be done once every seven days to the minute.

There is a $50 fee for each admission exam. All fees must be paid before taking any test. Payment must be made at the SAIT Cashier's Office in MC201, Stan Grad Centre, during regular office hours.

Admission exam results for Biology, Chemistry, English, Math, Physics and Keyboarding Assessment must meet the minimum admission requirements of each program to be considered for SAIT admission (i.e. the Math requirement for a SAIT program is 50%, and the admission examinee achieves a 55% grade, they would meet the admission requirement). Please review program admission requirements before taking your SAIT admissions exam. All grades are entered into SAIT's Banner system (academic records) and delivered to the student via email.

The Pre-Employment admission exams require a 70% pass grade to be considered for SAIT program admission and to coordinate with AIT standards. 

Admission exams can only be written a second time (maximum) after a 90-day waiting period if there is more than one version of the exam. If there is only one version of the exam, it can be written only once - please check at the time of writing.

Completed admissions exams cannot be reviewed by the examinee for errors as it will affect the integrity of the exam.

Applicants requesting prerequisite testing must be over 17 years of age before the date of registration, or have achieved their high school diploma or equivalent.

Book a seat for your exam! All exam bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

External exam invigilation

SAIT offers external exam invigilation through Testing Services. Testing Services will distribute, invigilate and collect examinations for external organizations, other universities and colleges. To book exams, individuals must contact their institutions regarding exam invigilation request forms, contact information required, and courier or mailing fees before contacting SAIT Testing Services. Copies of the examinations, proper instructions and procedures will be required. Exam sitting and the examinee must pay courier fees or sending institution before writing.

eCampus Notice: As of March 31 eCampus will be disbanded. As a result, any students that take their eCampus exams at our location after May 1 will be required to pay the regular $100 external exam fee. 

What is an external exam?
An external exam is an examination that comes from an institution/company other than SAIT and requires a SAIT invigilator or proctor for supervision. Students are not SAIT students, and these are not SAIT courses.

Here's how to arrange an external exam:

Step 1: Email your request.

Email the following information to external.exams@sait.ca
• Your full name
• Contact information (address, student ID)
• Institution/company
• Exam name and course code
• Indicate whether it is an on-line or paper-based exam
• Other pertinent details regarding your exam(s) and institution(s), materials required, etc.
• Requested exam date and time*
• Length of exam (please see our hours of operation)
*Please note that external exams cannot be scheduled during SAIT's final exam time periods.
Your email will receive a response within five business days. We will advise at that time of any issues/concerns.

Step 2: Request is accepted
If your request is accepted, examinations MUST be arranged by you and your institution at least two weeks in advance of the examination. There are NO exceptions.

Step 3: Pay $100 sitting fee
There is a fee of $100 per sitting for each exam that must be paid before the examination. You must advise in advance of whether you or your institution is responsible for these fees.

Step 4: Deliver exams.
It is the responsibility of the student or sending institution to arrange delivery of exams in advance of the examination. You or your institution must provide a prepaid envelope (Purolator, Fed-Ex, stamps) to return paper-based exams and any written materials required by your institution. Please inquire with your institution regarding return envelopes and postage.

If your institution requires a completed proctor form, please send as an attachment to external.exams@sait.ca.
RECA students, please provide an envelope and stamp to send your permission to write. Do not include a return address.

Step 5: Completed exams are returned.
SAIT Testing Services does not keep copies of completed external examinations unless specifically requested by the external institution/company and agreed upon by SAIT Testing before exam completion. Completed exams will be returned via the postage and envelope provided by the student or institution. SAIT Testing Services is not liable for exams lost due to postal or shipping issues.

Placement into SAIT Academic Upgrading

Placement tests are designed to determine the proper level of placement into SAIT Academic Upgrading classes. These tests must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. You can receive booking instructions for your testing appointment by e-mailing upgrading@sait.ca, with your SAIT ID number (if you have one). The following placement tests are available (click on the links below to review the study guide for each test):

English Placement
Biology 20
Chemistry 10
Chemistry 20
Physics 10
Physics 20
Math Placement

Invigilation services for SAIT instructors

SAIT instructors can arrange make-up exams for students through Testing Services.

Step 1: Read the Booking Guide for Instructors.

Step 2: Complete the Exam Invigilation Form: fillable / PDF

Step 3: Reserve a seat for your student(s) through our online seat booking system

Step 4: Arrange for delivery and pickup of the exam(s), in-person or by email through TC Drop. You can find detailed instructions here.

For students who require accommodations, instructors must contact Testing Services to request an Accommodation Exam Form.

SAIT distance exams

Distance learning students usually have exams coordinated through SAIT's Distance Learning office. To discuss your exam, please email distance.exam@sait.ca.

Book a seat for your distance exam. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is ID required?

Yes. We require government or institution-issued identification (driver's license, passport, school ID card). Some institutions require us to view two pieces of identification. If you are writing an external exam, please check with your company/institution and come prepared. 

What can I bring into the exam?
Only the specific exam materials (calculator, pencil, eraser) and re-sealable drink container such as water bottles are allowed in the testing room. Examinees will not be permitted to bring in any electronic dictionaries, cell phones, smart watches, music players, anything with WiFi capabilities or other unauthorized material (i.e. class notes, textbooks, etc.) unless the exam instructions explicitly state these items are allowed. If examinees have questions regarding permitted exam materials, they are asked to please contact their institution/company.

Students are not permitted to bring guests into the Testing Centre. We ask that you arrange for your guests to wait outside of the Testing Centre and that you arrange for childcare before writing your examination.

What can I expect at the Testing Centre?
The SAIT Testing Centre consists of two classrooms; one strictly for computer-based exams and the one for paper-based exams. We do our best to maintain proper testing conditions and can provide earplugs and/or noise-cancelling headphones on request. There is nearby access to water fountains and restrooms if required.

What if a student has a documented disability and requires exam accommodations?
All accommodation requests for exams written at SAIT Testing Services must go through SAIT Accessibility Services. If you require extended time or adaptive technology for your exam, please contact SAIT Accessibility Services.