Seneca English Assessment Essay Topics

Preparing for your skills assessment test will ensure that your skill sets are accurately evaluated and that you are placed in the appropriate English and/or math course during your first semester of study.

Writing Sample (ACCUPLACER) - Sample Questions and Study Tips

All students writing their Skills Assessments will be asked to write a timed (one hour), 300-word essay response to a writing prompt.

A complete listing of study-tips guides are available through the Seneca Learning Centre.

Reading Comprehension (ACCUPLACER) - Sample Questions and Study Tips

You will read different pieces of writing and answer questions based on the content to measure your comprehension.

ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests used by Seneca College to determine your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses.

Arithmetic and Algebra (ACCUPLACER) - Sample Questions and Study Tips

Arithmetic:This test involves operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents and problem solving.

Elementary Algebra: This tests your understanding of integers and rational numbers, algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities and word problems.

ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests used by Seneca College to determine your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses.

CAT 3 Level 19 Mathematics (Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering students only) - Sample Questions and Frequently Asked Questions

For Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology students ONLY - Canadian Achievement Test 3rd Edition - CAT3 - Mathematics

This multiple choice test will take 40 minutes.
Note:
Faculty of Information Arts and Technology students do not take this test.

Be sure to check the Frequently Asked Questions sheet about the Math test for Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology Students.

What else do I need to know?

Skills Assessment - Essay Question Rubric

In order to measure your ability to write a formal essay you will be asked to write a 300-word essay based on a short article.  You will have one hour to write the essay and it will be evaluated using an 8 point system.

In order to receive full marks, your essay should abide by the following criteria.


Length & Structure

  • Essay should be 300-words or more
  • Should have five substantial paragraphs
  • Organization: Your essay should have a clear thesis statement

Organization

  • Thesis statement is clear
  • Main ideas are clear and logically sequenced
  • Transitions are evident and effective; response is very coherent

Content

  • Response is "on topic" and consistently focused
  • Body paragraphs are very well developed
  • Response shows objective, sophisticated, critical analysis

Vocabulary

  •  Vocabulary is formal, sophisticated, varied, and appropriate

Grammar & Mechanics (Spelling, punctuation, capitalization)

    • Writing is fluent; sentence structure is clear and controlled; a variety of sentence structures is used
    • Grammar is very strong
    • Mechanics are very strong

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