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Test Centre information for Niagara College Community housed on LLC's website.

Mature Student Testing

The Mature Student Test(s) are used by Niagara College for applicants applying to a full time program and do not meet or are missing an English and/or Math requirement for the program(s) they have applied too. All applicants that are missing these eligibility requirements will be advised by our Enrolment Services Office or our International Division. 

In order to be eligible to write a Mature Student Test(s), applicants are required to obtain a referral from our Admissions Office. This office will determine if the applicant is eligible and will identify the specific subject area(s) needing to be tested. (English or Math) Once a referral has been made, the applicant will be directed to contact the Test Centre to schedule an appointment. All tests must be scheduled. We are unable to accept walk-ins.

For Admissions Purposes, Mature Students Are:

  1. defined as those applicants who have not completed their OSSD or GED certificate;
  2. at least 19 years of age (as of the start of the school year); and
  3. have been out of high school at least 1 year.

Please Note

  • Results are non-transferrable and are used for Niagara College applications only.
  • Results are not equivalent to a GED and cannot be used outside of Niagara College.
  • Successful results do not guarantee that you will receive an offer to a program at Niagara College. All program requirements are needed to be considered for eligibility.  Please contact our Admissions Office to inquire how your results impact your current application.

Testing Fees

A non-refundable fee of $20 (hst included) is required for each test that needs to be written and includes one free rewrite for each unsuccessful attempt. Fee and payment instructions will be provided at time of booking. 

About the Test

You will be tested on the topics below and all questions are multiple choice.

The Canadian Achievement Test Version 4 (CAT 4) is used to assess proficiency in English and Computation & Estimation.


English and Math

Informational Reading 40 questions 50 minutes
Literary Reading 40 questions 50 minutes
Vocabulary 30 questions 30 minutes
Writing Conventions 30 questions 25 minutes
Spelling 30 questions 20 minutes

General Math

This test is only required if the program to which you are applying requires a general math.

General Mathematics               48 questions                                       40 minutes                   

Math for Technology

This test is only required if the program to which you are applying requires a technical math.

Technical Mathematics           60 questions                                     2 hours                      


Sample Questions

Below are downloads available in PDF format.

Preparation Materials

To help you prepare for the test, you can also look at the S.A.T. or G.E.D. preparation manuals. You can find them at any public library or bookstore. You can also find sample questions by doing a Google search with the key words “SAT or GED practice questions”.

Here are a few websites to help you review your English skills and prepare for the test:

You can also consult these Math practice and review websites:


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