What you need to know:

  • The address of the Language Training Centre is 123 Main Street. It is in the Union Station (VIA Rail) building at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg.
  • There are many public transit buses that stop in front of the building. You can plan your Winnipeg Transit trip here.
  • There is meter parking on the North and East side of the building. (Please note that the free parking at The Forks is only for customers at The Forks.) You will need to pay for approximately 4 hours of parking.
  • Test takers need to arrive at the reception desk on the 4th floor at the appointed time. (It is important to allow time for traffic, parking, etc.) First, you will be given a form to fill out. This form gives us important information about previous language tests, your educational background, your work experience and your goals.
  • A language assessor will come to speak with you, copy your photo ID, and ask you to pay for your test at the reception desk. You will be given a chance to use the washroom and you will be asked to turn off your cellphone. When all the test-takers have arrived, the assessor will escort you to the assessment room to begin the test. The assessor will provide you with pencils and an eraser. You can bring your own water bottle to the test, if you wish.
  • On the day of the test, you will write three components of the CanTEST: Reading, Writing and Listening. If your scores meet the admission requirements for your program, the assessor will contact you to return in a few days for a speaking assessment.
  • The Reading, Writing and Listening portions of the test are referred to as the “Group test”. This test lasts for about 3.5 hours. You will need to be at the test site for at least 4 hours.
  • The Group test is comprised of the following components:
    • Reading comprehension for 50 minutes (4 parts)
    • Skimming and Scanning for 10 minutes (2 parts)
    • Writing for 45 minutes (an essay)
    • 10 minute break
    • Listening for 45 minutes (6 parts)