Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success is established through a special admission assessment.
In order to be admitted, special admission applicants must have provided complete documentation, and have demonstrated that all requirements have been met. Special admission does not apply to designated high-demand programs.
Program applicants are automatically considered for special admission through one of two methods:
SIAST uses ACCUPLACER as the official special admission assessment tool for testing various math and English skills.
ACCUPLACER cannot assess social or science admission requirements to a program. Social and science requirements must be met through specific high-school courses or their approved alternatives.
Further details are available in our ACCUPLACER testing (pdf) information document.
SIAST also considers previous successful completion of post secondary studies from recognized institutions as indicators of student success. For a list of programs with established requirements, refer to our Post-Secondary Success Requirements (pdf) chart.