SAIT academic upgrading courses prepare students for admission to SAIT career programs. SAIT academic upgrading courses are Alberta high school equivalency courses, not Alberta Education courses. They may be accepted for admission purposes by other Alberta post-secondary educational institutions. Check the current Alberta Transfer Guide published by Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer for a listing of all formalized transfer agreements among Alberta post-secondary institutions.
SAIT academic upgrading courses provide students with a flexible approach for their transition into post-secondary studies. Courses can be taken part-time or full-time in the day, evening or online. Students become accustomed to the SAIT environment and culture and develop successful strategies for learning.
Government grant funding may be available for eligible students. For more information on funding, please check the following website: www.sait.ca/sip. Student loans are not available for upgrading courses.
Students complete upgrading courses in order to meet the admission requirements for programs at SAIT and most other post-secondary education institutions in Alberta.
Attendance and punctuality are directly related to academic success. Students who attend all of their classes do better on assignments and tests. Students are encouraged to access free SAIT student services such as tutoring, learning strategy workshops, appointments with a learning strategist, and student counselling services.
Credentials and accreditation
No credentials and accreditation awarded.
Admission and selection
- Applications are open until the program start date.
- Fall 2020 start: applications open on Oct. 2, 2019.
- Winter 2021 start: applications open on March 30, 2020.
- Minimum of 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:
- English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2, or successful completion of an English placement test.
- Pure Math 10 or Applied Math 10 or Math 10C or Math 10-3 or successful completion of a math placement test.
- Students will be required to complete testing in the relevant subject areas if transcripts are not available.
- All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. For more information, please see English Proficiency.
- View High School Course Equivalencies by Province.
How to apply for Academic Upgrading
Registration opens approximately two months prior to the start of course start dates.
Step 1: Apply to Academic Upgrading and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above. You may be required to complete a placement test within two or three weeks of applying to satisfy admissions requirements. You will receive confirmation through acceptance.
Step 3: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.
Once you have applied to the program, your transcripts will be reviewed by the academic upgrading team to determine the appropriate level of upgrading courses.
Placement tests are required to determine the proper level of placement in academic upgrading courses for math and physics. Placement tests in other subject areas are also available if you are not meeting prerequisites through high school transcripts. Contact email@example.com for more details.
View the table below for courses that require placement testing. Please download and review the appropriate study guide and formula sheet prior to taking the placement test for your desired course.
*Students who have passed SAIT’s upgrading Math or Physics courses are not required to take placement testing.
|Course||Educational equivalent||Placement Test Guide||Formula Sheet||Attempt One||Attempt Two|
|MATH-180||Math 10C||MATH -180||Formula Sheet||Take the test|
|MATH-181||Math 20-1||MATH - 181||Formula Sheet||Take the test|
|MATH-162||Math 30-2||MATH - 162||Take the test|
|MATH-182||Math 30-1||MATH - 182||Formula Sheet||Take the test|
|PHYS-181||Physics 20||PHYS -181||Formula Sheet||Take the test|
|PHYS-182||Physics 30||PHYS - 182||Formula Sheet||Take the test|
|BIOL-182||Biology 30||BIOL-182||N/A||Take the test|
|CHEM-181||Chemistry 20||CHEM-181||Data Booklet||Take the test|
|CHEM-182||Chemistry 30||CHEM-182||Data Booklet||Take the test|
|COMN-180||ELA 10-1||COMN-180||N/A||Take the test|
|COMM-181/182||ELA 20-1/30-1||COMN-181/182||N/A||Take the test|
Study guides are available for the following placement tests:
An individualized program plan will be created. A program plan maps out the courses that need to be taken each semester and will be created for students based on their transcript and/or test results.
To register in an academic upgrading or open studies course complete the steps listed below.
Once you have applied and been accepted into the program you can register. You’ll be using mySAIT for registration.
You will receive a confirmation of payment via email. You can find your complete payment history in your account summary on mySAIT.
For downloadable instructions click here
All SAIT upgrading courses are 3 credits. Three classes (9 credits) is considered full time.
All prerequisites are set at 60% except for Science 10 and SAIT courses which are 50%.
For more detailed information click here
|Course code||AB Education equivalent||Pre-requisite*|
|APSC-180||None - Science 10 for SAIT programs only||None|
|BIOL-182||Biology 30||Biology 20 or BIOL 181|
|CHEM-181||Chemistry 20||Science 10 or APSC 180|
|CHEM-182||Chemistry 30||Chemistry 20 or CHEM 181|
|COMN-180||English 10-1||Admission in the AU program|
|COMM-181||English 20-1||English 10-1 or COMN 180|
|COMM-182||English 30-1||English 20-1, English 30-2 or COMM 181|
|MATH-100||None (Skill Development)||Admission in the AU program|
|MATH-162||Math 30-2||Placement test or MATH 181|
|MATH-172||Applied Math 30||Placement test or MATH 180|
|MATH-180||Math 10C||Placement test or MATH 100|
|MATH-181||Math 20-1||Placement test or MATH 180|
|MATH-182||Math 30-1||Placement test or MATH 181|
|PHYS-181||Physics 20||Placement test or APSC 180|
|PHYS-182||Physics 30||Placement test or PHYS 181|
View additional Academic Upgrading program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.
* A limited number of upgrading courses are offered in a blended format. A blended course runs 14 weeks and involves online participation as well as an on-campus class on Saturdays'. Please note that all Saturday scheduled classes are blended courses. Each course has a specific start and end date, as well as a course outline that states requirements and deadlines for coursework. Students are expected to work through course content and assessments outside the weekly on-campus class in order to stay on track with the course schedule. Exams and labs (if applicable) will be completed during class time and, as such, attendance and regular "check-ins" to the course website (in Brightspace/D2L) are essential to succeed in this course format.
For course upgrading pathways click here.
Students must pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program. Admission to SAIT and other post-secondary programs can be highly competitive. Grades higher than a minimal pass improve opportunities for admission to post-secondary programs.
Domestic tuition and fees*
|Number of courses||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||SAITSA fees||2019/20 total|
*All evening, weekend and blended courses offered in May and July 2020 will have a flat fee of $500
International tuition and fees*
|Number of courses||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||SAITSA fees||2019/20 total|
*Including dental and health plans and Upass ($380)
Campus athletic and recreation fee: $80 per semester
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): If you are taking two courses during the semester, you may be eligible to purchase the UPass. If you are taking three courses, the $302 is included in your SAIT fees.
Student Association (SAITSA) fees
Health plan†: $110**
Dental plan†: $125**
Student Association: Please see the chart above as charges are based on the number of courses you are taking.
† included in your fees if you are taking three or more courses
Cost and supplies*
- Books and supplies are approximately $150 to $200 per course.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.
All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.
How to register for classes
You'll follow an open registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices.
The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.
Enda Morley, Academic Chair
Mike's academic journey started at SAIT in 1985. At that time, he didn't see the value of education and decided to go into the workforce instead.
After an injury that prevented him from being able to work in his field, Mike decided to return to SAIT to pursue the Civil Engineering Technology program.
Mike has won two academic upgrading awards for service and academic achievement. He is also the vice president of SAIT's 2017 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR).
A scholarship recipient and graduate from the Petroleum Engineering Technology program, Miles credits the Academic Upgrading program for giving him a competitive edge, helping him establish a strong academic foundation that contributed to his academic success.
After graduation, Miles plans to transfer to Universtiy of Wyoming for a degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Prior to starting at SAIT, Samantha didn't think she would ever go back to school, and if she did, she thought she would fail.
She proved herself wrong after completing her academic upgrading courses in the 90th percentile and credits her instructors for contributing to her success.
Samantha graduated from the Dental Assisting program and is now working in her field.
"Academic upgrading gave me a great head start to relearn a few necessary skills. Thanks to SAIT I am on the right track to a rewarding career."
"As a mature student, the choice to come back to school would have been difficult without upgrading my high school classes."
"After finishing Academic Upgrading ... I took Dental Assisting and found a job after graduation. Now, I plan to continue on to university to study nursing."