Vocational Placement Testing Information

You are required to bring the following to the testing session:

  • Current Picture Identification
  • Receipt showing Testing Fee payment
  • Your Student Number (on your receipt)
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Calculators are not allowed

Before you begin your studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, we want to ensure that you will be able to succeed in the program you have chosen. To help us advise you properly, we must assess your English and Math skills. This testing is not designed to prevent you from attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University; rather it is intended to help you start at the appropriate level. If you need to improve your skills in reading, writing or math, we will help you arrange to do that at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Testing Fees:

Vocational Trades English Test is $25.00
Vocational Trades Math Test is $25.00

Note: You may not need to take both tests if you meet program entrance requirements with your high school grades. Please see Student Enrolment Services to find out which tests you will be required to take.

Testing Time: Please allow yourself up to 4 hours to complete both tests. You will have 1.5 hours for the vocabulary, reading and writing test, and up to 1.5 hours for the math test. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Test starts times are as follows:

  • > Reading Test: 9:30am to 11:00
  • > Math Test: 11:00am to 12:30pm

What does the Test Cover?

Vocabulary, Reading & Writing

To assess your vocabulary, we will ask you to pick out words that have similar meanings. To assess your reading level, you will be asked to answer questions about the selections you have read. The vocabulary and reading sections are multiple-choice questions. To assess your writing skills, you will read two short passages and then answer questions in sentence and paragraph formats.


To assess your math level, you will do a computer-based assessment of your math skills using an on-line program called ALEKS. It will ask you about 30 math questions covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals and the use of simple formulas, ratios, proportions, percentages, measurement and geometry. On some problems, an on-line calculator will be available. No other calculator may be used. Because this test is on a computer, please be familiar with using a mouse. You may try ALEKS out beforehand at aleks.com. The directions for using ALEKS are here. Or, please see an ACP Math instructor at the campus nearest you. Sample questions are available online at kpu.ca/testing.html then click on Sample Tests. For preparation for the math portion of the test, we recommend the workbook Schaum’s Outline of Basic Mathematics with Applications to Science and Technology, 2nd Edition, by Haym Kruglak et al, or you may visit the Cloverdale Learning Centre website for free online links to resources. To practice your times tables, try slidermath.com/wjava/femult1.shtml .


You will be given your test results at the end of the session. However, only students who have applied for admission will be mailed an official notification of results, and will have their results recorded in their student record.

We do not give out testing results over the telephone. If you do not pass the assessment, we will refer you to the appropriate upgrading at Kwantlen or you may retest: Math retest after 4 weeks; Vocabulary/Reading & Writing retest after 3 months.

Cancellation/Late Arrivals:

We cannot accommodate late arrivals – please arrive 15 minutes early. If you arrive late, you will have to schedule another appointment. Testing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. To reschedule your testing appointment, please contact Student Enrolment Services – Cloverdale Campus at 604-598-6011 or all other campuses at 604-599-2000.

Revised: Dec 2017