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Testing Services offers SAIT students and students from other institutions and organizations 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

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.

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 this exam 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 just 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.

To book a seat for your exam, click here. 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.

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.

• 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 completed exams in advance of the examination. You or your institution must provide a prepaid envelope (Purolator, Fed-Ex, stamps) to return any written materials required by your institution. Please inquire with your institution regarding return envelopes and postage.
If your exam is paper-based, either you or your institution is responsible for providing a return envelope with appropriate postage affixed

If your institution requires a completed proctor form, attach it 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.
eCampus Notice: As of March 31 eCampus will be disbanded. As a result, any students that take their eCampus exams at our location will be required to pay the regular $100 external exam fee. This fee will be charged starting May 1.

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. You can find detailed instructions here.

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 scheduled coordinated through SAIT's Distance Learning office. To arrange your exam, please click here. To discuss your exam, please email distance.exam@sait.ca.


Where are exams held?
Exams are held in the Lamb Learner Success Centre, MC221, Stan Grad Centre.

Is ID required?
Yes. We require government or institution-issued identification (driver's license, passport, school ID card). Some institutions also require us to view two pieces of identification - examinees are asked to please check with their institution/company 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 other for paper-based exams. We do our best to maintain proper testing conditions as well as provide earplugs on request. There is also access to water fountains and restrooms if required. We can also provide earplugs and noise-cancelling headphones.

What if external students/examinees have a documented disability and require accommodations?
The Testing Centre will accommodate all requests as best as possible. If examinees require a private room, extra time or adaptive technology, we will need proof of assessment (i.e. from institution's disability counsellors). Upon request, an Accommodations Testing Form can be emailed from the students' instructor on to external.exams@sait.ca. All information provided is held under strict FOIP policies and used only for verification purposes.