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Mature Student Testing

Mature student testing may be required for applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for their specific programs. In that case, a student may be requested by the admissions office to complete a Sheridan Mature Student English Test (reading comprehension, sentence skills and writing skills) and/or Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) for math and science. The Canadian Adult Achievement Test is a battery of tests designed to measure the level of educational achievement among adults.

Mature Student Testing Information Booklet

ACCUPLACER – Next Generation Reading, Next Generation Writing and Essay


Test Details

Time limit

ACCUPLACER – Next Generation Reading

Next-Generation Reading assesses the test-taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included. Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:

  • Information and Ideas
  • Rhetoric
  • Synthesis
  • Vocabulary

40 minutes (20 questions)

ACCUPLACER – Next Generation Writing

Next-Generation Writing evaluates a test-taker’s ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text. Questions cover two broad knowledge and skills categories, each containing three subcategories:

Expression of Ideas

  • Development
  • Organization
  • Effective Language Use

Standard English Conventions

  • Sentence Structure
  • Usage
  • Punctuation

40 minutes (25 questions)

Writing skills: Essay (paper based)

The essay gives you an opportunity to show how effectively you can develop and express your ideas in writing.

65 minutes


Total Time:
2 hours 25 minutes

Next Generation Reading sample questions:


Next Generation Writing sample questions:


CAAT Level D Tests

Level D of the CAAT is designed for adults who have had the equivalent of eleven to twelve years of schooling and possibly, some postsecondary education. Level D is also for students entering college or university. At Sheridan, assessment is available in the areas of math and science.

Test Test Details Time limit
CAAT-D Math* 48 multiple choice questions 40 minutes
CAAT-D Science* 50 multiple choice questions 25 minutes

* calculators are not allowed.

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