What can I expect at the assessment?The assessment is not a test or exam! It is a way for us to get a first impression of your math and English skills in order to make recommendations to the school for math and English programming.
There are three parts of the assessment:
1) an interview to learn about your education history (especially your learning in English) and your strengths and goals,
2) an English assessment including an oral activity, a reading comprehension, and a written composition
3) a math assessment
During the assessment, it is OK to ask questions if you are not sure what to do. We want you to the best work you can, so please get some rest before you come. Because the assessment usually takes 3-4 hours, it is a good idea to bring some snacks and water.
How can I prepare for the assessment?
The most important thing you can do is try not to be nervous. The assessors are friendly and supportive and will give you materials so you can show your best work. The best way to keep your skills fresh is to continue reading in English -- this will help grow your vocabulary and increase your fluency. For your writing, you might want to refresh your memory about organization and transitional words. It is also a good idea to review your math so it is fresh in your mind. Remember you will be coming to the Welcome Centre after a long summer holiday.
Please contact us if you have any question about becoming an international student in Halton.
Halton District School Board
International Students Program
HDSB Welcome Centre
215 Ontario Street South
Tel: 905-335-3665, ext 3435
Toll free: 1-877-618-3456