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COVID-19 update

With the health and safety of our students and employees top of mind, SAIT is following the Government of Alberta’s guidance specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please refer to the frequently asked questions at sait.ca/covid19 for the most up-to-date information about your studies, and for the latest details on SAIT's pandemic preparedness measures.

The SAIT Testing Centre is closed until further notice. All off-campus proctors are also closed. If you have an online exam, refer to your Brightspace (D2L) course for details and contact your course facilitator to confirm next steps.

Testing Services offers current SAIT students as well as students from other institutions flexible options to take exams. 

We abide by the following policies: 

Closures

All on-campus exams and in-person inquiries are suspended until further notice.

What to expect when writing an exam

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.

ID is required

Testing Services requires government or institution-issued identification (driver's license, passport, school ID card) and some institutions require us to view two pieces of identification.

If you're writing an external exam, additional ID aside from government or institution-issued identification may be required. Please check with your company or institution and come prepared.

Only authorized materials are allowed

Only exam-specified materials (calculator, pencil, eraser) and a re-sealable drink container are allowed in the testing centre.

Examinees are not permitted to bring in electronic dictionaries, cell phones, smartwatches, music players or anything with wi-fi capabilities, along with other unauthorized materials — class notes, textbooks — unless the exam instructions explicitly state these items are allowed. Food and heavily scented objects are not permitted. Guests or children aren't allowed into the testing room — please have them wait outside and arrange for childcare before writing your exam.

If you have questions regarding permitted exam materials, please contact your instructor, institution or company.

Know the facilities

The testing centre consists of computer-based and paper-based exam rooms. We do our best to maintain proper testing conditions. Access to water fountains and restrooms are nearby if required.

Be mindful of your exam time

We suggest you arrive 15 minutes before your booked exam start time. Depending on the exam, there may be penalties for arriving late. If you're significantly late, you may be required to reschedule your exam. Ensure you keep track of your exam time and finish the exam within the scheduled time limit.

Exam accommodations

If you have documented disabilities and require accommodations for your exam, please contact Accessibility Services.

Contact Testing Services

testing@sait.ca
Testing Services Centre, MC221,  Stan Grad Centre

Hours of operation

Exam days Exam times 
Monday to Friday  8:00 AM - 4 PM 

*Current hours reflect virtual contact hours only. Online exam hours may vary.

SAIT offers admission testing services to prospective students seeking admission into full-time, apprenticeship and pre-employment programs. Applicants requesting prerequisite testing must be 17 years of age before the date of registration.

A SAIT Student ID number is required to write prerequisite exams with Testing Services. If you don't have a SAIT student ID number, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Admission exams

SAIT admission exams are high school equivalency exams that can fulfil missing admission requirements for entry into a SAIT program or course. Admission exams are good for SAIT admission only and do not affect your high school transcripts.

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Admissions exams are written online through Brightspace. Please refer to the admissions guide for more details.

Available admission exams
Exam name Course code Exam length Provided materials Permitted materials
Biology 20 BIOL-001 2 hours formula sheet Non-programmable scientific calculator
Biology 30 BIOL-002 2 hours, 30 minutes formula sheet Non-programmable scientific calculator
Chemistry 20 CHEM-001 2 hours data booklet Programmable graphing calculator
Chemistry 30 CHEM-002 2 hours, 30 minutes data booklet Programmable graphing calculator
Math 10C MATH-001 2 hours formula sheet Programmable graphing calculator
Math 20-1 MATH-002 2 hours formula sheet Programmable graphing calculator
Math 20-2 MATH-003 2 hours formula sheet Programmable graphing calculator
Math 20-3 MATH-004 2 hours formula sheet Programmable graphing calculator
Math 30-1 MATH-005 2 hours, 30 minutes formula sheet Programmable graphing calculator
Math 30-2 MATH-006 2 hours, 30 minutes formula sheet Programmable graphing calculator
Physics 20 PHYS-001 2 hours formula sheet Programmable graphing calculator
Physics 30 PHYS-002 2 hours, 30 minutes formula sheet Programmable graphing calculator
English 30* ENGL-004

Part A: 3 hours

Part B: 2 hours

n/a

Part A: English language dictionary and thesaurus (No translation dictionaries or spell check is permitted)

Part B: No materials permitted
Pre-employment/ Apprentice Level 2 (Cabinet/ Carpenter/ Welder) EXAM-001 3 hours formula sheet Non-programmable scientific calculator
Pre-employment/ Apprentice Level 4 (Machinist/ Millwright/ Plumbing) EXAM-002 3 hours formula sheet Non-programmable scientific calculator
Pre-employment/ Apprentice Level 5 (Electrician/ Refrigeration) EXAM-003 3 hours formula sheet Non-programmable scientific calculator
Professional Cooking and Baking Math COOK-001 1 hour, 30 minutes n/a Non-programmable scientific calculator

*The English 30 admission exam consists of a written response portion (part A) and a reading comprehension portion (part B). Part B must be written within 48 hours (2 business days) after Part A is completed.

**English 30 is considered equivalent to English 30-1.

Studying for an admission exam

SAIT does not provide study guides for admission exams. If you're taking an admission exam for high school equivalency, please refer to the Alberta Diploma Exam Guides for similar study materials. If you're taking an entrance exam for an apprenticeship or pre-employment program, please refer to the AIT Study Guide for a generalized idea of what to expect on the exam.

These study guides may not cover all the material on the exam. For more recommended resources, please contact us.

Before you book an admission exam

All admission exams are completed online through Brightspace (D2L), an online learning platform. You must register and pay for the online exam prior to writing your exam via online registration through mySAIT.

Admission exams cost $50 CAD per exam. Exams won't be released without payment.

SAIT admission exams can only be taken twice in a lifetime with a 30-day wait period in between attempts. You must complete your admission exam prior to your program's application deadline to be considered for selection for that term.

To be considered a high school course equivalent, your admission exam results must meet the minimum passing grade associated with the admission requirement for your specific program.

Please review your program's admission requirements before taking your SAIT admission exam. The apprentice technician and pre-employment admission exams require a 70% passing grade to coordinate with AIT standards.

Writing an admission exam

Writing an exam on campus

To write a SAIT admission exam at the SAIT Testing Centre, please book your exam using the book now button above. You must schedule your exam with at least 24 hours' notice.

Writing an exam off-campus or at-home

To write a SAIT admission exam off-campus, please contact us for further instruction. Testing Services will provide you with specific details on how to book an off-campus or at-home exam. You must schedule your exam with at least five business days notice.

Program-specific admission exams

Testing Services offers invigilation services for admission and aptitude exams specific to certain SAIT programs and courses. Your program coordinator will notify you if you are required to write your program-specific admission or aptitude exam with Testing Services.

English Proficiency

Testing Services does not directly handle bookings for English language proficiency assessments. Learn more about English Proficiency at SAIT.

Testing Services offers invigilation services for enrolled students with a valid accommodation memo that cannot be accommodated during regular class hours.

Accessibility Services

Students registered with Accessibility Services that have a valid accommodation memo and are registered in a SAIT program must book on-campus exams using the Accessibility Services exam booking process. Visit Accessibility Services to learn more.

Challenge exams

If you are looking to take a supplemental exam to challenge an insufficient grade from a SAIT course taken in the previous semester, you must contact either your program's Academic Chair or your course department's front reception. Challenge exams are arranged through your course's associated department.

Off-campus exams

If you are unable to take a scheduled exam on campus, please contact your instructor for your options. Testing Services does not arrange exams with external proctors for currently enrolled students.

Exam submission instructions for instructors

SAIT instructors must contact Testing Services to request for their accommodated student to write only if they absolutely cannot write during regular exam sessions in class.

Instructors are responsible for booking students within our centre. Students cannot book within our centre for their exams.

An external exam that comes from another institution or company other than SAIT requires a SAIT invigilator or proctor for supervision.

Testing Services will distribute, invigilate and collect exams for external organizations and other universities and colleges.

Please be advised that individual institutions make use of SAIT facilities but do not work in collaboration with the Testing Centre. Check with your institution or organization before booking an exam to see that they aren't working with another department.

Arranging your external exam

Step 1: Contact your institution

Confirm with your institution or company that you wish to write an exam at SAIT. Please follow the steps and requirements needed for taking an external exam by your institution before contacting Testing Services with your request.

Step 2: Email your booking request

Email us with the following information:

  • Examinee name
  • Examinee contact information
  • Institution name
  • Institution student ID # (if applicable)
  • Exam name
  • Course code (if applicable)
  • Whether the exam is online or paper-based
  • Any required materials (if applicable)
  • Any additional details regarding your exam (if applicable)
  • Requested exam date
  • Requested exam time
  • Length of exam

Please include all documents or proctor forms from your institution that need to be completed by Testing Services in your email.

You will receive an email response within five business days and we'll advise you of any issues or concerns at that time. We ask that all exam requests are sent with 10 business days notice to ensure we have enough time to process your request. Requests sent less than five business days before the requested writing date will be rejected.

Step 3: Arrange exam delivery

If your request is accepted, exam delivery must be arranged by you and your institution — this includes the return of all documents and proctor forms to your exam coordinator at your institution. Please note that when we accept your exam booking request, this does not confirm that your exam is available at our institution — we are only confirming that your seat is booked within our centre. Please ensure to contact your institution or company to confirm the delivery status of your exam.

Step 4: Pay the sitting fee

There is a $100 sitting fee per exam. You must let us know in advance of the exam as to who is covering invigilation fees, including any courier or mailing fees. If you are responsible for the cost of the exam, the fee must be paid to Testing Services before writing your exam.

If any paper documents are to be returned to your institution by mail, Testing Services must be provided with a pre-paid envelope before we release your exam. If your institution indicates that you are responsible for covering courier or mailing fees, please confirm the type of envelope your institution requires you to provide. Testing Services will not cover courier or mailing fees in the event incorrect postage or envelopes are provided.

Step 5: Return completed exams

Testing Services does not keep copies of completed external exams. Completed exams returned by mail will be returned with the postage and envelope provided by the student or institution. We are not liable for exams lost due to shipping issues.

Contact External Exams

external.exams@sait.ca
Testing Services Centre, MC221, Stan Grad Building

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