Mature Applicants

Applying to St. Lawrence College as a mature student is easy

Our student population is diverse, and we have a number of mature students on campus. We cannot wait to meet you! 

If you are over 19 years of age by the first day of college and do not have an Ontario high school diploma or equivalent, you may be admitted as a mature applicant. You must provide proof that you have credits for Grade 12 English and Grade 11 math as required by the program to which you are applying, or equivalent. You must also meet all of the admission requirements listed for your program of choice.

Academic Assessment Testing

St. Lawrence College offers Academic Assessment options for mature student applicants to demonstrate their ability to work at the post-secondary level. Applicants eligible for Academic Assessment are those who do not possess a secondary school diploma or equivalent, and who are 19 years of age or over before starting their program.

The assessment is a set of tests used to measure the applicant’s skills in English, and/or Mathematics for the purpose of admission to St. Lawrence College.

Contact the campus Test Centre in order to book an appointment to write your Mature Student Assessment. Note that photo ID is required to write your assessment and a registration form will be completed upon arrival. Also, students should be aware of an assessment fee to be paid before they begin.

ACCUPLACER is a computer-based assessment tool used to determine your knowledge in math, reading and writing. The test determines if you are eligible for direct entry into your College program of interest. The tests used at St. Lawrence College are:

  • Next-Generation Arithmetic
  • Next-Generation Reading
  • Next-Generation Writing
  • Accuplacer Test Fee: $40.00

The following is a summary of what you can expect for each section of the ACCUPLACER.

Next-Generation Arithmetic

This section measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic concepts, with a focus on computation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The knowledge and skill areas being assessed are:

  • Whole number operations
  • Fraction operations
  • Decimal operations
  • Percentage
  • Number comparison and equivalents

This section is in multiple choice format with no time limit.

Next-Generation Reading

This section measures your ability to understand what you read. The broad knowledge and skill areas being assessed are:

  • Information and ideas – focusing on the information content of text
  • Rhetoric – focusing on the craft and structure of writing
  • Synthesis – focusing on synthesizing multiple sources of information
  • Vocabulary – focusing on figuring out the meaning of words and phrases in the contexts in which they appear

This section is in multiple choice format with no time limit.

Next-Generation Writing

This section measures your ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text. The broad knowledge and skill areas being assessed include:

  • Expression of ideas (development, organization, effective language use)
  • Standard English conventions (sentence structure, usage, and punctuation)

This section is in multiple-choice format with no time limit.

Practice questions

Use the following link to help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER:

After taking the assessment

The assessment is scored immediately upon completion. Your scores are forwarded to Admissions for review.

If you've applied for a post-secondary program, Admissions will contact you by email to let you know if the results indicated eligibility to enter the program. You can typically expect to hear from Admissions within 1-2 weeks after your assessment. You may be encouraged to seek additional upgrading to support admission to your program of choice in the future.

Students must wait a year before repeating a test. You are encouraged to consider our College Prep courses if the assessment results were not satisfactory.

More resources for mature applicants