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What is a Placement Assessment?

Placement Assessments in English and/or Math are taken after you have accepted an offer of admission.

Placement assessments determine whether you are ready to take the college-level credit courses in English and/or math in the first semester, or if you need to take a foundation- level course first to further develop your skills.


Plan to visit Information about Assessments before your assessment to prepare so that your assessment results place you in a course that reflects your skill level.



    • If you have already taken an Admission Assessment (as part of your college application process), your Admission Assessment results will be used as placement results.

        • If you have not been offered a place in a George Brown College program, you may need to take an Admission Assessment.


          When and where do I take my assessment?
            • You will receive a letter with registration and placement assessment information from the Registrar’s Office.

                • It is best that you complete the assessment before you receive your class schedule, since this assessment will determine the English and/or math courses you will be taking in first semester.

                    • You are strongly encouraged to book your assessment as soon you receive your test letter. Do not postpone your assessment as you risk having to wait for test seats and experiencing delays in getting your class schedule.


                      If you have not completed your assessment by approximately 2 weeks before the start of the semester (see Academic Calendar), you will be automatically placed in the foundation-level courses required by your program.


                      If you complete your assessment after an automatic registration in the foundation-level course(s), you risk majorchanges to your course schedule as courses fill up very quickly.


                      For test dates and locations, go to How do I book my assessment?


                      How do I Book My Assessment?

                      To book an appointment, follow the steps below:
                      1. Log into your STU View account
                      2. Click on the 'Registration Services' tab
                      3. Click on 'Registration'
                      4. Click on 'Admission Assessment Booking' or 'English/Math Placement Test Booking'
                      5. Choose your appointment date from the ones listed
                      If you want a date that you do not see listed on the website, please try again closer to your desired date. If you do not know your password, please contact the Contact Centre at (416) 415 2000, they will help you reset your password, but it is your responsibility to book your assessment appointment.


                        Booking test accommodations by students registered with Accessible Learning Services

                        If you have not registered with Accessible Learning Services, but you think you might be entitled to accommodations, contact Don Kezima, Intake Co-ordinator, or visit the Accessible Learning Services main page.

                        If you are already registered with Accessible Learning Services, go to Testing Accomodations for GBC Students Registered with Accessible Learning Services.


                        What are the Placement Assessment fees?

                        There are no fees for Placement Assessments.

                        What do I need to bring to my assessment?      

                        Before Test Day

                        • Check that you know where to go. Most assessment appointments are at the St. James Campus.

                        • Check the time and date of your appointment and be on time. 

                        • Prepare for the assessment by following this link to our Preparation and Resources page.

                        • Your test results are considered in admission and course placement decisions. 

                        What to Bring

                        • You will be required to present a valid government- issued photo ID to confirm your identity.

                        Acceptable forms of ID:

                        • Driver’s License

                        • Canadian Citizenship Card

                        • Passport

                        • Permanent Resident Card

                        • Provincial Photo ID Card

                        • Certificate of Indian Status Card

                        • George Brown College Student Card

                         If you are taking an Admission or Placement Assessment, have the test letter you received from the Registrar’s Office (printed or e-mail).


                        • Bring the test fee. For assessment fee information, see Test Fees.

                        • Bring a pen/pencil.

                        What NOT to bring

                        • Do not bring any valuables as George Brown College/The Assessment Centre is not responsible for your belongings or personal items.
                        • You will be required to leave all your belongings (including any food, drinks or liquids) in the test lab storage area. 

                        • A limited number of lockers are available for $1 in the testing area ($1 coin will be refunded after use).

                        • Electronic devices are not allowed in the test lab. If you bring any electronic devices, you will be required to turn the device off and leave them in the test lab storage area unless your approved test accommodations include the use of electronics.

                        • Smart-watches will NOT BE allowed into the testing lab.

                        • Do not bring a calculator unless your approved accommodations require it.


                        Special Circumstances

                        • If you arrive for your assessment feeling sick or anxious or under-prepared, and feel that it may affect your performance on the assessment, please consider re-booking your assessment for another day. Please inform one of the staff members for assistance.
                        • If you experience any problems while taking your assessment, please inform one of the proctors in the test lab for assistance. Please be advised that any problems encountered on test day may be documented by the Assessment Centre for future reference. 
                        • If you arrive late for your assessment, you will have the option to re-book. Please inform one of the Assessment Centre staff members for assistance.

                          If tests are not completed prior to closing time, you will be required to return on another day.


                        What assessments will I take and how do I prepare?


                        1. Check which assessments you will be required to take.

                        If you are a student preparing to take the Admission Assessment, please click Admission Assessment by Program.  If you are not sure which assessment you will be taking, go to What is an Admission Assessment?  

                        If you are a student preparing to take the Placement Assessment, please click Placement Assessment by Program. If you are not sure which assessment you will be taking, go to What is a Placement Assessment?


                        1. Visit Preparation and Resources to prepare for your assessment.

                        How will I know my results?

                        Before you leave the Assessment Centre, you will be informed if you have placed at the college or foundation level of your English and/or math courses.


                        If you are placed at foundation level, see What happens if I am registered into a foundation-level course? below for more information.


                        Can I be exempted from English and/or math courses?
                        What Happens If I Don't Take My Placement or Admission Skills Assessment?

                        You will be automatically placed in a foundation-level course. This placement means that you will be taking an additional course and that you will likely be charged an additional course fee.


                        If you do not complete the English and math courses required by your program, you will not be able to graduate.


                        What is a foundation course?

                        Foundation-level courses are non-credit courses for students whose placement assessment results indicate that the students need further skill development before they are ready to take college-level credit English and/or math courses.


                        The foundation courses give students the opportunity to strengthen their skills so that they can be successful in college-level English and/or math courses that are required for graduation.


                        Foundation-level courses are pre-requisites for the first semester college-level English and/or math course(s) and are not optional once the student has been placed in the course(s).


                        What happens if I am registered into a foundation-level course?

                        If you have placed in foundation-level English or Math courses:

                          • You will meet with the Assessment Advisor. The Advisor will tell you about your placement, your next steps related to registration, and the English and math learning supports available to you.

                              • The course will be automatically included in your timetable (in block-based programs) OR will be available for registration through your StuView account (in course-based programs).

                                  • Upon successful completion of your foundation-level course(s), you will be able to take college-level English and /or mathematics course(s).

                                      • Depending upon your individual circumstances, you may be charged a fee for the additional course(s) when you register for your college-level course, usually in semester two.

                                          • Your placement into a foundation-level course does not affect your start in the program, and you will still take your core courses scheduled for the semester.


                                            If I have already completed an admission assessment (required before the applicant is offered a seat in the program), do I need to take a placement assessment?

                                            Your admission assessment results will be used to place you in an appropriate English and/or math course.


                                            If you wrote your admission assessment 6 months or more before the start of your program (e.g. before the end of February 2014 for the September 2014 program intake) and your results have placed you in foundation-level courses, you are eligible to complete a placement assessment for your program.


                                            To check if you have been placed in foundation level courses, please go to STU-VIEW once the program registration is open.


                                            • Test Preparation


                                              Try our English and math preparation materials including guides, links, sample questions, and more!