English Placement Assessment (mandatory)
The English Placement Assessment is mandatory. You must take this assessment to determine which English courses you will need to take, if any. Register for the assessment as soon as possible.
Collège Boréal has developed this assessment to prepare you for your courses, apprenticeships and the job market.
The online assessment takes approximately one hour and has one component:
You cannot use any language tools (e.g., dictionary, spellcheck, etc.) during the assessment.
Refer to the table to see which English courses you may need to take (or if you can get an exemption) depending on your grade
The English Placement Assessment is not required if you are taking one of the following programs:
- Human Resources Management
- Early Childhood Education, Administration
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Ultrasound
Microsoft Suite Equivalency Assessment (optional)
The Microsoft Suite Equivalency Assessment is optional. It is available to students enrolled in one of the following programs:
- Legal Assistant
- Public Administration
- Mechanical Techniques
- Electrical Practices
- Plumbing Technician
- Child and Youth Care
- Police Foundation
- Construction Technician – Mining and Civil
- Construction Engineering Technician – Civil
- Electrical Engineering Technician
- Mechanical Millwright Technician
- Forestry and Wildlife Technician
- Prospecting and Mining Exploration Techniques
If you opt not to take this assessment, you must take the INF1078 course that is part of your program.
You can be exempted or partially exempted from this course depending on the grade you obtain on the assessment. That grade could be assigned to the course.
The assessment takes two hours and has four modules: computer functions, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. During the assessment, you will have access to the Microsoft Office suite and you will be able to conduct searches on the Internet.
Depending on the grade you obtain on the Microsoft Suite Equivalency Assessment:
A. 50% or higher for each of the four modules AND 60% or higher on the overall assessment: You are exempt from the INF1078 course and your assessment grade will be assigned to the course.
B. Less than 50% for one of the four modules and 60% overall: You must take the parts of the INF1078 course relevant to the module you got less than 50% on.
C. Less than 50% for each of the four modules: You must take the INF1078 course.
D. Less than 50% for two to four of the modules: You must take the INF1078 course.
First-year students must take one or two placement assessments before the first semester. *Note that students can only make one attempt per assessment.
To take the assessment(s), you will need:
- a computer;
- a webcam;
- a headset (recommended);
- a high-speed Internet connection;
- a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s licence, passport, etc.);
- your Collège Boréal student number; and
- a clean and quiet room. (Note that it is forbidden to interact with anyone during your assessment except for the person monitoring you remotely.)
Students will take the assessments at their respective campus at the beginning of term 1 of their program.
Students enrolled at the Boréal Online virtual campus will have to make an appointment to take these assessments online using the Microsoft Teams communication application.