Testing Services

Conestoga offers a variety of testing and assessment services to prospective and current students, the general public and employers. The list below outlines information and contact details for assessments that Conestoga delivers.

Current Conestoga students

eConestoga online testing

Online exam proctoring services are being used in courses through Respondus Monitor. Online proctoring provides convenience for students to take exams from an off-campus location while assuring academic integrity. Respondus transmits data outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

The decision to deliver a proctored online exam is made by individual instructors. Students should consult their course outline or directly with their instructors to determine if exams will be proctored online.    

System requirements

Before you begin your exam, you should confirm your system meets the requirements to work with the proctoring service. You will need a:

  • Computer that meets the system requirements
  • Microphone
  • Webcam
  • Conestoga student ID or government-issued photo ID

You should expect the start-up process to take about 10-15 minutes, however, this time will not affect your exam duration. You should also review the Respondus Monitor Student Guide (pdf).

Book accommodated tests

Students with approved accessibility accommodations related to testing have the option to write at their campus test centre. Testing appointments can be requested through the Test Centre section of Accommodate. If a test is not listed as available to book, students should contact their faculty to have them add the test to the system.    

Testing appointments must be requested at least 7 days in advance (14 days for mid-terms and final exams). It is the student's responsibility to keep track of upcoming test dates and request appointments in advance.    

For details, please refer to Book a test.    

Conestoga faculty

Accommodated tests

"Test accommodations" are accommodations that are required to write/complete the test, and include, but are not limited to: extra time, use of assistive technology for reading and writing, private room, and memory aids. If a student is approved for this type of accommodation and would like to utilize it, the faculty will be required to schedule any applicable tests with Testing Services.    

For details, please refer to Accommodated testing.    

Make-up tests

"Make-up testing" refers to any tests or exams that are administered to students who are required to test outside of scheduled class time due to a conflict or special consideration. Examples of make-up testing include student illness, missed assignment due to inclement weather, and final exam conflicts.

For details, please refer to Missed tests.   


Academic Upgrading

​If you are interested in Academic Upgrading, you will start with general academic assessments to determine the level of your academic knowledge and skills in math and communications. The results of the assessment assist you and your teacher to develop an individualized learning plan to reach your educational goals successfully.   

Availability: By appointment   

Cost: No cost if eligibility criteria is met; contact upgrading@conestogac.on.ca

How to register: Email upgrading@conestogac.on.ca

More information: Academic Upgrading 

Pre-admission assessments - English, Math, Biology, and Chemistry

If you do not meet the English, Math, Biology, and/or Chemistry requirements for your program of choice, you may be asked to write a pre-admission assessment to determine your academic readiness for the program.    

Availability: Online only using third-party testing platforms, Accuplacer & Examity. To register, complete the Request for Pre-admission Testing form, or, if applicable, you will receive an invitation from Conestoga Admissions to write the assessment.          

Please note: the Mature English and Mature Math assessments are not age specific, but program specific, as advised by the admissions office.

Cost: $25 USD for each assessment. Students are allowed one rewrite per academic year. The same fees apply to rewrite an assessment.

How to register: Complete the online Request for Pre-admission Testing form.          

Who to contact:     

  • For more information on program requirements, please contact the Admissions Office.
  • For more information on the assessment process, please contact the Test Centre.

Sample tests:    

To help you prepare for the assessments, please reference the sample tests below:    

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge, or competencies that have been acquired through employment, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measureable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of& assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in a course credit recorded on an official Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students to clear academic deficiencies or to improve grades. PLAR is an optional process and is not used to obtain admission into a program

View the PLAR policy and procedure

More information: 

Contact the Transfer Credit and PLAR Office at CreditTransfer@conestogac.on.ca or 519-748-5220, ext. 2397, or visit the Credit Transfer and PLAR Office

English language

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

Conestoga College collaborates with Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of The University of British Columbia, and is an appointed CELPIP Test Centre.          

CELPIP is a set of English language proficiency tests used to assess an individual's English language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The test is fully computer-delivered. Candidates must be familiar with computer usage and have basic keyboard and word processing skills. 

The CELPIP test comes in two versions to suit different organizational needs. 

CELPIP - General assesses listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in typical everyday situations. This test is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as proof of English language proficiency for those applying to immigrate to Canada. This test is also used by employers requiring proof of English language proficiency of their prospective employees. 

CELPIP - General LS assesses listening and speaking proficiency in typical everyday situations. This test is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as proof of listening and speaking proficiency for thoseapplying for Canadian citizenship

For more information about English language requirements, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Availability: View the full list of test dates and locations at Conestoga. 

Cost: View the full list of fees and payment options

How to register: Register online at CELPIP

Who to contact: Please contact the CELPIP office by email at info@celpip.ca, by phone toll free at 1-800-958-5186, or online at CELPIP

Sample test: A sample test is available at https://www.celpip.ca/free/

More information Visit CELPIP for more information. 

Conestoga English Language Test (CELT)

Please note:

The CELT test is currently on hold. Please contact the Coordinator regarding which test is being accepted if you do not have the IELTS or TOEFL.

The CELT is an English language assessment used at Conestoga to evaluate the proficiency of English language learners for admission to our programs. 

The CELT is not intended for students who are currently enrolled in Conestoga's English Language Studies or English for Academic Studies programs.

The CELT measures your skills: 

  • English structure
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking (to confirm bands 5 and 6)

To register, please email Liliana Pereira Melo.

You will need to bring: 

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Proof of fee payment from the bookstore
  • Pens, pencils and eraser

Please allow for two hours to take the CELT

Assessment fee

A $45 fee is required to take the CELT.

Preparing for the CELT

Knowing the format of the test is the first step towards being prepared. The CELT has four sections, each will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The sections are:

  1. English Structure - This section contains an exercise in error correction, comprehension questions related to grammar, a verb tense exercise and sentence writing.
  2. Reading - This section focuses on academic reading, definitions, comprehension questions as well as charts and a summary.
  3. Writing - This section requires you to write a 200 - 300 word essay on a given topic
  4. Listening - This section contains an exercise in which you will respond to lecture questions for comprehension.

If you score Band 5 of higher, you will be contacted to take the speaking assessment to confirm whether college language requirements have been met. The speaking assessment will take 20 minutes. 

Speaking - This section contains three parts. In part one, you will answer basic information questions. In part two, you will respond to questions related to a visual. In part three, you will respond to a prompt asking you to give your opinion on a current topic.

CELT scores

The CELT results are communicated via email or telephone within three business days. 

The overall achievement scores are called Bands, which determine if you have met the English language requirements for Conestoga programs. See the table below:

Level 1 - Beginner1
Level 2 - Low Intermediate2
Level 3 - High Intermediate3
Level 4 - Advanced4
Direct Entry into Certificate/Diplome Programs5
Direct Entry into Degree Programs/Post Grad Certificates6

If you do not achieve the band you require, you have the following options:

  1. Further English language training through Conestoga's EAS/ELS program
  2. Self-study
  3. Rewrite the CELT within a four-month period
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is designed to assess the English language proficiency of people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. Listening, reading, writing and speaking skills are assessed.          

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is an internationally recognized language test designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

Conestoga hosts Canada’s first official IELTS Testing Centre, and administers IELTS tests in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. For more information, including upcoming test dates and registration procedures, visit the IELTS website.

Industry specific

Apprenticeship exemption test

Conestoga College offers apprentice testing for qualifying students who are registered with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD). Non-apprentices can also challenge the in-school portion of the program starting at level one. 


Apprentice testing occurs at the Kitchener - Doon campus. Testing typically occurs on Tuesday mornings, starting at 8 a.m.


$155.00 per Apprenticeship Exemption Test

How to register: 

Interested test candidates must complete the Request for Apprenticeship Exemption Testing form. Once your application has been received, a member from our testing team will reach out to you to offer you a testing date. Once your testing date has been determined, a member from our team will provide you with the exam break down for your trade. 

Who to contact: 

After reviewing the request form, if you need more information on the process of exemption testing for apprentices and non-apprentices, please email apprenticetesting@conestogac.​​on.ca​

Sample test: 

There are no available sample tests, however, test break downs can be provided once registration has been completed.

More information: 

For more information on employment, training, and certification, visit: 

Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES)

The demands of changing workplaces require employees to keep pace with new technologies, safety and productivity standards. It is important for employers to ensure workers have the skills necessary to adapt. TOWES assesses reading text, document use and numeracy the test taker must solve problems and complete tasks using real Canadian workplace documents. 

Purpose of TOWES: 

  • Employers use TOWES as a pre-screening tool for hiring and training decisions.
  • Employees use TOWES to assess their current level of proficiency, related to their occupation or career goals.
  • Unemployed individuals and career changers can use TOWES to identify their skill level or gaps related to particular job category.
  • Graduating students can take a TOWES credential to their employment interviews.

Cost and availability:

  • The cost of the assessment is $79.50 + HST, a non-refundable fee.
  • Please note some unemployed individuals may qualify for financial assistance to cover the cost of the test.
  • Inquire about the availability of group assessments at work sites or larger group assessments.

TOWES is the sole property of Bow Valley College and Conestoga College is an authorized distributor. Visit www.towes.com for more information about other products and research regarding essential skills.

For more information about TOWES at Conestoga College, contact Kathryn Richards at 519-748-5220, ext. 5605, or krichards@conestogac.on.ca.

Additional resources: 

Invigilating/proctoring services

Proctoring/invigilating services

​Conestoga offers invigilation services for candidates looking to have external universities and colleges tests and exams proctored/invigilated at Conestoga's Doon campus. 


Request for individual testers can be made with our online form. A copy of this completed form will be sent to the Test Centre and to the tester upon completion. 


Estimated rates are displayed in the registration form depending on the date and time selected. Please see form as this varies by date selected and type of test. Requests for large groups of testers should be booked by sending an email to testingservices@conestogac.on.ca 

How to register: 

Individual External Invigilation Request Form

Note: Upon completion of the form it is the tester’s responsibility to ask the external institution to send the test to the Conestoga Test Centre. Once the test has been received by the Conestoga Test Centre, the Test Centre will confirm rates and date availability with the tester. 

Who to contact: 

For more information not found on the form, contact testingservices@conestogac.on.ca.