Placement tests in other subject areas are also available if you are not meeting prerequisites through high school transcripts. Contact for more details.

View the table below for courses that require placement testing. 

🚨 Students who have passed SAIT’s upgrading Math or Physics courses may not be required to take placement testing.

Booking your test

After you have applied to the Academic Upgrading program, you may book your in-person placement test.

New Academic Upgrading Students: Please email to book your exam. Please note emails will be reviewed during business hours only.

Continuing Academic Upgrading Students: Please book your in-person placement test here. You will need your SAIT ID and SAIT email address to book your exam.

Walk-In Service: For the spring and summer, students may also take advantage of the walk-in service on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Space is limited, and we cannot guarantee testing availability.

Students who live outside of Calgary may arrange to take a placement test at a recognized institution closer to home. Please see the FAQs below for further details. 

Academic Upgrading placement tests taken in SAIT’s Testing Centre are currently free.

Preparing for your test

In preparation for your placement test, you may begin studying using the study guide provided in the following chart. We strongly advise that you review the study guides before taking the placement test. Tests will be a combination of both multiple-choice and short-answer questions.

Depending on the test booked, 

  • the duration of the test may vary. When you book your test, your registration confirmation will note the length of the test.
  • you may be permitted to bring a calculator or scientific calculator. When you book your test, details on what is allowed in the testing room will be provided.

You must present a valid photo identification that is either government-issued or institution-issued (driver's license, passport, school ID card). 

Study guides and formula sheets
Course  Educational equivalent Study guide Formula sheet
MATH-180 Math 10C MATH-180 Formula sheet 
MATH-181 Math 20-1 MATH-181 Formula sheet
MATH-172 Applied Math 30 MATH-172 Formula sheet
MATH-162 Math 30-2 MATH-162 Formula sheet
MATH-182 Math 30-1 MATH-182 Formula sheet 
PHYS-181 Physics 20 PHYS-181 Formula sheet 
PHYS-182 Physics 30 PHYS-182 Formula sheet
BIOL-182 Biology 30 BIOL-182 N/A
CHEM-181 Chemistry 20 CHEM-181 Data booklet
CHEM-182 Chemistry 30 CHEM-182 Data booklet
COMM-181/182 ELA 20-1/30-1 COMN-181/182 N/A

After your test

Once you have completed the test, your results will appear on the screen as soon as you submit your answers and complete the test. You will also receive an email at 8 pm that evening with the next steps based on your score.

Placement tests are valid for one year from the date you completed the test and are only applicable at SAIT.

Frequently asked questions

Students who live outside of Calgary may arrange to take a placement test at a recognized institution closer to home. You will need to email and provide the invigilator’s contact information (name, job title, institution, professional email address, and professional phone number).

We will contact them with the testing procedures and exams electronically. We require the invigilator’s information at least 5 business days before the chosen exam date(s).

Yes. We have placement tests available for all upgrading classes at SAIT.

With the exception of the English placement tests, you will require a score of 60% or higher to pass. A passing grade will allow you to register for your course.

No. Students will need to book a time in SAIT’s Testing Centre to take a placement test.

All Academic Upgrading placement tests have been provided with an additional 15-minute grace period. Should you require a formal accommodation, please visit Accessibility Services for further information on academic accommodations at SAIT.

Yes. You may book more than one placement test as long as time is permitted to complete them.

No. SAIT will not accept placement tests or assessment results from other institutions.

Yes, your Placement Test Score is final. You may only attempt each placement test once.

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