Coming to college is more than just being academically ready. Financing, housing, transportation, health issues, family and/or work obligations, can impact your college experience. You may be anxious about meeting new friends, passing your courses or writing tests.
The College Readiness Tool (CRT) is designed to assess your academic readiness while offering you information and resources to ensure your college experience will be as successful as possible.
Local CRT Session
The completion of a local CRT Session is just one of the application requirements. You must complete all the required program prerequisites before being accepted into a program of study.
Selkirk College offers CRT sessions at the Castlegar, Nelson and Trail Campuses. Please use the online testing schedule form
to sign up for a session.
Distance CRT Session
If you have applied to Selkirk College, have a Selkirk College student number and live outside the local area, you can write the CRT by distance with a supervisor in person or online using B-Virtual.
You have two options to complete the CRT from a distance
First Option - Supervised by Someone You Know
You need to find someone who is willing to supervise your test. Ideally it is a school or college counsellor, teacher, librarian, or someone in a supervisory position. In other words, not your friend or a relative. Also, for the purposes of invigilation we send supervisory instructions to professional email addresses only.
Once someone has agreed to be your supervisor, email CRT with their name, position, phone number and email address. The log-in instructions will then be sent to your supervisor, and you can write the test whenever it is convenient. Your supervisor does not need to be with you the entire time - just to make sure you are not using a calculator, etc.
You will need access to the Internet for approximately 1.5 to 3 hours (the test is not timed). You cannot use a calculator. However, in some math sections, the program will provide you with an on-screen calculator (it will either pop up on the screen or you will see an icon in the lower left corner). You can use this feature on those questions.
Second Option - Supervised Via B-Virtual Webcam Invigilator
You can do the assessment at your home, through B-Virtual.
Sample Test for Students
The CRT is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer.
The CRT is a multiple choice test. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices.You cannot pass or fail the CRT, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that we have an accurate measure of your ability. The CRT is not timed.
There are up to six main sections in the CRT which vary for different programs. Some programs will have two sub tests and others, up to six.
Write Placer (you will respond to a question in writing using 300+ words)
College Level Math (mix of math 11/12 questions)
Try a Sample Test
Depending on your program choice, you may also need to complete further tests in algebra and college level math. Try a Accuplacer sample test.
Or Download the Free Study App
This app features practice tests in
You can access the site from your computer, tablet, or Smartphone and familiarize yourself with the basic content areas of Accuplacer tests.
Download the Accuplacer free study app for students.
Some students may be exempt from the CRT. If you have taken English 12 and/or a qualifying math (for programs that require both English and math) within the last two years and received a grade of "B" or better, or if you have credit for a post-secondary English or a math course (taken within the last two years), you may be exempt.
To discuss this, or to ask any CRT question, please contact CRT & Exam Invigilation Coordinator, Paris Voykin.
Students applying for these programs are not eligible for exemptions
Rural Pre Medicine
Selkirk's Assessment Services
Assessment services are offered to measure a student's current knowledge, finding the level of course work which will be most suitable. Selkirk offers a variety of assessment services and specialized tests, internal, external and specific exams to help you meet the prerequisites of your program.