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Testing Services

Testing Services offers current SAIT students as well as students from other institutions flexible options to take exams.

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.

We abide by the following  AC.3.3.1 Invigilation and Security of Examinations Procedure and the AC.3.3.2 Distance Education Invigilation and Security of Examinations Procedure policies.

What to expect when writing an exam

ID is required

Testing Services requires government or institution-issued identification (driver's license, passport, school ID card) and some institutions require us to view two pieces of identification.

If you are writing an external exam, please check with your company or institution and come prepared.

Only authorized materials are allowed

Only exam-specified materials (calculator, pencil, eraser) and a re-sealable drink container are allowed in the testing centre. 

Examinees are not permitted to bring in electronic dictionaries, cell phones, smart watches, music players or anything with wi-fi capabilities, along with other unauthorized materials (class notes, textbooks) unless the exam instructions explicitly state these items are allowed. Guests or children are not permitted into the testing room, please have them wait outside and arrange for childcare before writing your exam.

If you have questions regarding permitted exam materials, please contact your instructor, institution or company.

Know the facilities

The testing centre consists of computer-based and paper-based exam rooms. We do our best to maintain proper testing conditions and can provide earplugs and/or noise-cancelling headphones on request. Access to water fountains and restrooms are nearby if required.

Exam accommodations

If you have documented disabilities and require accommodations for your exam, please contact Accessibility Services.

Keyboard assessment

The keyboard assessment is a computerized test consisting of:

  • 30 minutes of practice time
  • five attempts of the assessment, with five minutes each time
  • a $50 sitting fee

Assessments can be taken once, every seven days to the minute and must be booked 24 hours in advance and cannot be booked during SAIT final exam periods. Applicants requesting prerequisite testing must be 17 years of age before the date of registration. 

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Invigilation services for instructors

SAIT instructors can arrange for make-up exams for students by filling out an invigilation form, following the steps outlined below. 

Step one

Instructor completes and submits a Testing Services invigilation form and sends to Testing Services a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the scheduled test, through one of the following methods:


  1. Complete and email the invigilation form to Testing Services at tc.drop@sait.ca with the exam attached, as well as any other required materials. If you have multiple students taking the same exam, you can attach the invigilation forms for each student in one email.
  2. The subject of the email must include:
    • the exam date
    • the exam name
    • the student's first and last name (this will help prioritize the exam).
  3. If the exam includes a scantron sheet, please attach an image of it to the email. Testing services will be able to match your exam with the appropriate scantron sheet.
  4. You will receive an automated reply stating that we have received your exam and forms, please read the email carefully as emailed exams have sent and received time stipulations.

In person:

You are welcome to print off and complete the form and bring it with the exam and any other required materials to Testing Services in the  Lamb Learner Success Centre, Room MC221.

Step two
After the instructor receives the exam(s) from Testing Services, you can choose one of two options to indicate how you would like to have your exam returned to you under the special instruction heading on the Testing Services invigilation form:
  1. Instructor picks up from Testing Services, Room MC221.
  2. Designated SAIT staff picks up from Testing Services, Room MC221.

Note: if the exam is completed on Brightspace D2L and there are no other materials, you are not required to pick up the completed invigilation form after the exam.

External exams

An external exam that comes from another institution or company other than SAIT requires a SAIT invigilator or proctor for supervision.

Testing Services will distribute, invigilate and collect exams for external organizations and other universities and colleges.

To book an external exam:

  • contact your institution for an exam invigilation request form
  • include the required contact information, and the courier or mailing fees
  • include copies of the exam, as well as instructions and procedures
  • all exam sitting and courier fees must be paid by the examinee or sending institution before writing.

Arranging your external exam

Email your request

Email external.exams@sait.ca with the following information:

  • your full name
  • institution/company
  • exam name and course code
  • indicate whether it is an online or paper-based exam
  • other pertinent details regarding your exam(s) and institution(s), materials required, etc.
  • requested exam date and time
    • external exams cannot be scheduled during final exam time periods at SAIT
  • length of the exam

You will receive an email response within five business days, at which we will advise of any issues or concerns.

Request is accepted

If your request is accepted, exams must be arranged by you and your institution in a time frame suitable to your institution or company.

Pay the sitting fee

There is a $100 fee per exam, and the fee must be paid beforehand by either you or your institution. You must let us know in advance who is covering the fee.

Delivery of the exams

It is the responsibility of either you, or your institution to arrange the delivery of the exams in advance of the examination, and there must be a pre-paid envelope to return paper-based exams and any written materials required. 

Please email  external.exams@sait.ca, if your institution requires us to complete a proctor form. 

If you are a RECA student, please provide an envelope and stamp to send your permission to write, and do not include a return address.

Return of the completed exams

We do not keep copies of completed external exams unless specifically requested by the institution or company and agreed upon by SAIT Testing Services before exam completion. Completed exams will be returned with the postage and envelope provided by the student or institution.

We are not liable for exams lost due to shipping issues.

Admission testing

SAIT offers testing services to prospective students seeking admission into full-time, apprenticeship and pre-employment programs through the Admissions office at SAIT.

Contact Testing Services

Testing Services Centre, MC221,  Stan Grad Centre

Hours of operation: September 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020

Exam days Exam times  Last exam: start time  Last exam: end time 
Monday to Thursday  8:00 AM - 7:30 PM  6:00 PM 7:30 PM 
Friday  8:00 AM - 5:30 PM  4:00 PM  5:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday  9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 1:00 PM  3:30 PM 

Please note that exams end at the specified closing time and we are not open on Saturdays and Sundays of long weekends and statutory holidays. Hours of operation and closure dates may be subject to change.

*Please note that exam bookings for Sundays are by appointment only.

Important exam closure dates to note

Please note the below closure dates for exams at SAIT:

  • Sunday, Sept. 1 
  • Monday, Sept. 2
  • Thursday, Sept. 19 (LLSC closed, Open at 12:00 pm)
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 (LLSC closed, Open at 12:00 pm)
  • Saturday, Oct. 12
  • Sunday, Oct. 13
  • Monday, Oct. 14
  • Saturday, Nov. 9 (SAIT Start - closed)
  • Sunday, Nov. 10
  • Monday, Nov. 11 (Remembrance Day)
  • Final Exam Week: Dec. 9 - 13
  • Winter break: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 4pm - Sunday, Jan. 6, 2020
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020
  • Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 2020
  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Saturday, April 11, 2020
  • Sunday, April 12, 2020
  • Monday, April 13, 2020
  • Final Exam Week: April 20 - 24
  • Saturday, May 16, 2020
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020
  • Monday, May 18, 2020
  • Saturday, May 23, 2020  (SAIT Start - closed)
  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020
  • Friday, July 3, 2020 (Calgary Stampede Parade Day - Institute closed until 1 pm)
  • Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020
  • Sunday, Aug 2, 2020
  • Monday, Aug 3, 2020

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